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Chapter 11. Outlook Essentials > Using Reminders and Follow-Up Flags

Using Reminders and Follow-Up Flags

Outlook allows you to attach pop-up reminders to any type of item except a note. In the case of appointments and tasks, the default form allows you to define the date and time when you want to see a reminder. For an e-mail message or contact item, you must create a follow-up flag before you can set a reminder. Unlike previous versions, Outlook 2003 allows you to attach color-coded flags (in any of six colors) to messages and contact records. You might want to use red flags to indicate high-priority items, green flags to denote financial reminders, purple flags for family, and so on. In table-based views, you can add a follow-up flag with a single click, and a built-in search folder lets you quickly see all messages that are flagged for follow-up.


In some cases, reminders and follow-up flags simply won't work. For an explanation, see “Alarms Fail to Go Off,” and “Alarms Work Only in Four Key Folders” in the “Troubleshooting” section at the end of this chapter.



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