How do I prevent the Outlook 2010 Reminder window from staying on top of other windows after clickin

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gregt2000

In Outlook 2010 the Reminder windows stays on top of other windows, even after clicking on it. It forces me to minimize / close it. This is different behavior than in Office 2007, where it would pop up and (logically) not stay on top - I find it very annoying and cumbersome. Plus it seems to break the normal Windows operating model where foreground windows are on top of background windows.

Have grokked through the Options, and all I can find is a checkbox in Advanced Options that says " Show Reminders'. I still want to see reminders when they occur, just don't want the windows staying on top of other windows that I'm trying to bring to the foreground.

How do I disable this? Must I go Registry-diving? ;-)

Many thanks!

gregt2000
 
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Ben M. Schorr [MVP]

Does the window go away if you snooze/dismiss the reminders?

 
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gregt2000

Yes it goes away if ALL reminders are dismissed, as you'd expect. Otherwise why have the window with nothing in it right? ;-) However I tend to work with reminders staying active -- like a working to-do list -- but after I click on the window (as if to say 'yes, I see you reminder') I don't want it sticking in the foreground. I can minimize it, but that's an extra mouse motion + click and it slows me down. Different bahavior than Office 2007.
 
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Ben M. Schorr [MVP]

Hmm...I suspect that's by design - people wanted the reminders to stay front & center - so I doubt you can change it. Maybe one of the other MVPs will have an idea that's eluding me, though.

 
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gregt2000

Yeah... that's what I was thinking too. Once again, having to change the way *I* work to adapt to the software. :-/

Thanks for having a look.
 
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Ben M. Schorr [MVP]

" Designing Microsoft Office is like ordering pizza for 400 million people."

Enough people wanted the reminders to stay up front...it often comes down to a numbers game on features like that.

Personally I tend to either act on the reminder right then (so I can dismiss it) or snooze the reminders to get them out of the way while I continue to work on what I'm doing. I use the To-Do Bar, flagged messages and tasks as my to-do list.

 
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