If you're anything like the Windows Central writers and editors, you get a lot of email. Like, a real lot. A ton. Too much.
We can't really assist you there, but we can help make sure you don't forget to reply to important messages that require responses by a certain date or time.
You may also want to check out our quick guide to color coding Outlook messages, which makes it easy to separate required reading from junk mail:
How to add reminders to Outlook email messages
- Click the Home tab in the horizontal bar across the top of your Outlook screen. (It's the second tab in from the left.)
- Click on the email to which you want to add a reminder to select it.
- In the Tags box below the Home tab (the fifth box in from the right), click Follow Up to open the corresponding drop-down menu.
- Scroll down toward the bottom of the menu and choose Add Reminder.
- In the Custom box that appears, click to open the Flag to box, and then choose your desired action, which can include Follow up, Forward, Reply and No Response Necessary.
- To add a reminder alert, make sure the box next to next to Reminder at the bottom of the box is checked.
- In the first drop-down menu below the Reminder box, choose the date you want to receive your reminder.
- In the second drop-down menu below the Reminder box, choose the time you want to receive your reminder.
- The drop-down menu only provides reminder times in 30-minute increments, but you can click in the time field and type your own numbers if you want your alert to appear at another time.
- If you want to add a custom audio tone, click the small speaker icon. Navigate to the location of the audio file on your computer, click Open and then choose OK to add the file.
- Click OK to save your Outlook email reminder alert.
- After you add an alert to a message, a small bell will appear next to it in your inbox.
- After you add an alert to a message, a red flag will also appear next to it in your inbox. When you respond and want to remove the flag, simply click it and a green checkmark will appear.
For more similar Microsoft Outlook tutorials, read:
- How to recall a sent email message in Outlook
- How to use Outlook Categories to manage mountains of mail like a boss
Or check out our Microsoft Office help hub:
- Microsoft Office 101: Help, how-tos and tutorials
Al Sacco is content director of Future PLC's Mobile Technology Vertical, which includes AndroidCentral.com, iMore.com and WindowsCentral.com. He is a veteran reporter, writer, reviewer and editor who has professionally covered and evaluated IT and mobile technology, and countless associated gadgets and accessories, for more than a decade. You can keep up with Al on Twitter and Instagram.
These are my #1 requested feature for Mail UWP. I want flags with reminders. I want them to sync across devices, not just for Outlook.com accounts.
i want the sheduling assistant long before that :)
Yep, first step would be to finally bring back tasks, as the reminders rely on that.
seems like a lot of steps to set up an reminder, is there a better way (like snooze) button? also don't work with Gmail via IMap understandable. Also does it sync with other pc / phone?
You can create a quick step and attach it to ctrl shift 1 on keyboard. I have multiple commands that do stuff like that. Outlooks has endless possibilities for automation. However it will only work on outlook desktop not the mobile version.
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