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How to change the default follow up time in Outlook?

As we know, when we add a follow up reminder for an email in Outlook, the default follow up time is 4:30 PM (or other time depending on your working hours). However, you may want to change the default follow up time, and let it remind you at the beginning of working hours, such as 9:00 AM. In this article, I will show you how to change the default follow up time in Outlook.

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To change the default follow up time in Outlook, you can do as following:

Step 1: Right click an email, and then select the Follow Up > Set Quick Click from the right-clicking menu.

Step 2: In the coming Set Quick Click dialog box, click the box and then select the Tomorrow from the drop down list, and then click the OK button. See screen shot:

From now on, when you add a follow up reminder for an email with right clicking and selecting Follow Up > Add Reminder in the right-clicking menu, the follow up time is 9:00 AM by default.

Notes:

(1) The default follow up time depends on your working hours specified in Outlook. For example, your working hours cover from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, the default follow up time is 8:30 AM with this method above.

(2) We can’t add follow up reminders for emails in the IMAP accounts.


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    Paul McDonald · 3 months ago
    By the way, is there any default setting which puts the reminder time on the start date instead of the due date?
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    Paul McDonald · 3 months ago
    Except that Options tasks has a default reminder time setting, which the flags setting used to half ignore, depending on which flag you selected, now with the recent office upgrade it ignores it 100%.
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    Jeff · 7 months ago
    Thanks for the quick solution. Bugged me for years, and never could find the answer in Microsoft online Support.
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    Ed · 7 months ago
    Thank you! The original default setting was so annoying!
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    Uncle Sam · 7 months ago
    Awesome! Thank you.
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    Sharon · 9 months ago
    Thanks for the info - that's been annoying me as I had to change the time every time - now it set as I want it!
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    Sarah · 10 months ago
    Thank you - I can't believe the answer to something that has been annoying me for years was so quick and simple!
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    Heather · 1 years ago
    Such a simple solution to something that has been bugging me for ages. Thank you!
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    Norma · 1 years ago
    This is Fab thank you so much. Have been trying for a long time to find out how to do this .
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    NN · 1 years ago
    Thank you for this, saves me changing every single time I set a reminder for myself!
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    KAV · 1 years ago
    fabulous - for years I've had to change the Reminder time to the start of my day - now presto, it's right. thanks again.
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    Yousef B · 1 years ago
    Great. Works a treat.

    I read a lot of answers on other websites which didn't provide the solution until I came across this answer!!
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    Charlotte · 1 years ago
    Ridiculous that we have to go to these lengths, but am so grateful to you for finding a solution!
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    Mirko Vukovic · 1 years ago
    Thank you!
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    Alexa · 1 years ago
    This is a game changer. Thank you!
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    JH · 1 years ago
    Worked perfect. Thanks!
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    CB · 1 years ago
    Awesome - Thank you!!!!
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    HJ · 2 years ago
    Fantastic! I have looked for this solution for years