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I'm locked in to Outlook 2007 at work, and I've had a pet peeve for years now.

15-minute reminders are de rigeur wherever Outlook is used, so let's say I have a 4:00pm meeting.

At 3:45, I get a pop-up saying "meeting is starting in 15 minutes". The default interaction here is "remind me 5 minutes before the start".

At 3:55, I get a pop-up saying "meeting is starting in 5 minutes". The default here is "remind me in 5 minutes".

What I'd really like is for it to remind me in four minutes, because in five minutes I'll be late, but if I leave now, I'll be four minutes early. As configurable and pluggable as Outlook 2007 seems to be, I am unfamiliar with any changes that affect snooze and make it actually useful for the 99% case of "user has to go to a meeting, and would like a reminder at the right time to stand up and leave." Are you?

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odd.. i've gone through just about every option in Outlook and there is no way to set this. – NoCarrier Sep 1 '09 at 16:22

Sorry, this is weak but best I could think of (Outlook 2003 tested):

You can set your default reminder (tools -> options) to, say, 16 minutes (over-type, don't select from the drop down). Then if you respond "Remind me in 15 minutes" you would get your 1 minute warning.

Unless of course you take 2 minutes to respond....

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Unfortunately even this method doesn't work in Outlook 2010 because the default snooze option is "5 minutes before start" rather than "5 minutes from now". You can of course tell it "1 minute before start", but you have to make that change ever time the reminder comes up, unless I am missing something. – Leigh Riffel Jun 25 '15 at 16:48

You can not change the preset snooze options but you can choose to open the item (task/appointment/flag) and you can change the reminder time manually to the number of minutes in which you want to be reminded. It isn't as elegant as using the snooze options but does allow you to set it as you wish.

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