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How to create hourly recurrence (every hour) reminder in Outlook?

By default, you can only create Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Yearly recurrence patterns in Outlook. For creating hourly recurrence, there is no direct feature for you in Outlook. To create hourly recurrence reminder in Outlook, we provide you with two methods in this tutorial. Please do as follows.

Create hourly recurrence reminder with snoozing the reminder again in 1 hour

Create hourly recurrence reminder with defining hourly task in Windows

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arrow blue right bubbleCreate hourly recurrence reminder with snoozing the reminder again in 1 hour

For creating hourly recurrence reminder in Outlook, you can create a calendar item, and snooze the reminder again in 1 hour when the Reminder dialog box pops up.

1. Create an appointment, a meeting or an all-day event in your Outlook calendar.

2. When the Reminder dialog box popping up, select 1 hour in the Click Snooze to be reminded again in drop-down list. Then click the Snooze button.

3. After snoozing, the Reminder dialog box will pop up in 1 hour later, then you need to manually define the item to be reminded again in 1 hour again until you dismiss this item.


arrow blue right bubbleCreate hourly recurrence reminder with defining hourly task in Windows

Besides the above method, you can create hourly recurrence reminder with defining hourly task in Windows 7. Please do as follows.

1. Please click the Start button, then click the Control Panel. See screenshot:

2. In the Control Panel window, select Large icons or Small icons in the View by drop-down list, then click Administrative Tools.

3. In the Administrative Tools window, double click the Task Scheduler. See screenshot:

4. In the Task Scheduler window, click Task Scheduler Library in the left bar, then click Create Task in the right bar in Actions section.

5. In the Create Task window, you need to do as follows.

1). Go to the General tab, type a name for the task in the Name box; fill in the Description box if you want.

2). Then go to the Triggers tab, click the New button. See screenshot:

3). In the New Trigger dialog box, you need to:

a. Select On a schedule in the Begin the task drop-down list;

b. Check the Daily option in the Settings section. Configure the Start date and time and the Recur days for your own needs;

c. In the Advanced settings section, check the Repeat task every box, and then select 1 hour in the Repeat task every box. In the for a duration of box, select Indefinitely;

d. Check the Expire box to define the expire date and time if you want;

e. Click the OK button. See screenshot:

4). Then it returns to the Create Task window. Go to the Actions tab, and click the New button.

5). In the New Action dialog box, choose Display a message in the Action drop-down list. In the Settings section, fill in the Title and Message boxes, and finally click the OK button.

6). Then click the OK button in the Create Task window.

7). When it returns to the Task Scheduler window, click the Close button to close it. Then close all dialog boxes.

When it reach the start time, the window will display a dialog box every hour as below screenshot shown. Please click the OK button.

Note: This method doesn’t work in windows 8. If you need to set the hourly reminder in Windows 8, please visit this link: http://www.askvg.com/fix-cant-create-tasks-to-display-messages-in-windows-8-task-scheduler/.


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    guest404 · 5 months ago
    Email & Pop a message options are deprecated now :(
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    wasima · 1 years ago
    I want to add a pop up message box for the person I am blocking the calendar of. After the scheduled calendar meeting is over I want a pop up that will help the other user input his comments about the meeting and send to me .
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    Cathy · 2 years ago
    In your response to Joey (windows 10 - says "send an email" and "display a message" are both (deprecated) and will not let me save those actions once configured), you said you could use a batch file. What is that and how do you set it up?
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      Michael · 2 years ago
      [quote name="Cathy"]In your response to Joey (windows 10 - says "send an email" and "display a message" are both (deprecated) and will not let me save those actions once configured), you said you could use a batch file. What is that and how do you set it up?[/quote]

      Thanks for this well-written article but I too am having the same problem as Cathy and don't know what to do...
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    Srini · 2 years ago
    This info with regard to setting up hourly remainders using Task scheduler really helped me which wasn't available in outlook. Thanks so much for your help!!!
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    Rug · 3 years ago
    Thank you so much. Explained clearly
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    Itcha. Madeevie · 3 years ago
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    SATZ · 3 years ago
    Thank you so much for this Post. Beautifully explained.
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    Ritz · 3 years ago
    Crisp and clear steps. Great work !
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    Joey · 3 years ago
    Well written directions, however windows 10 - says "send an email" and "display a message" are both (deprecated) and will not let me save those actions once configured.
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      Mike · 3 years ago
      You can use a batch file to do what you want.
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    Medha · 3 years ago
    Very well explained ! thank you so much !
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    Monica Lindeman · 4 years ago
    How can I schedule every 30 minute recurring reminders for every 6-hour workday for 5 workdays?
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    Nagachandra · 4 years ago
    This simple tutorial on setting hourly reminder is awesome. Thanks
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    Diana · 4 years ago
    Finally! Someone who understands the power of step by step with print screens and red outlines. Thank you so much!