How to change reminder sound in Outlook

Microsoft Outlook displays a reminder alert as well plays a reminder sound when an event or an appointment is due. Outlook also provides option to change the reminder sound. This can be done using the Outlook options. Listed below are steps to change sound played for reminders in Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010 and 2007

Change reminder sound in Outlook 2016, 2013 and 2010

In order change the reminder sound, Click the File menu –> Options link

Options in Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010

In the Outlook options, select the Advanced tab and navigate to Reminders section.

Play reminder sound in Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010

The Play reminder sound field is used for specifying the sound played for a reminder. You can change the default reminder sound by locating a different sound file using the Browse button.

Pick reminder Sound in Outlook

After selecting the required file, click OK to confirm the changes.

Change reminder sound in Outlook 2007

In Outlook 2007, you can change the sound played for the reminder using Tools –> Options menu.

Go to Tools –> Options and select Other tab.

Click on the Advanced Options button

Advanced Options in Outlook 2007

and click on the Reminder Options button available on the Advanced Options window.

Reminder Options in Outlook 2007

In the Reminder Options, make sure to select Play reminder sounds check box and select the new wav file to change the sound played for outlook reminder.

Change reminder sound in Outlook 2007

Also See: How to turn off reminder sound in Outlook

In Category: Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2016

Ravi Shankar

A Software developer and blogger who is always looking to provide technical help to the wider community.

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  • Valerie Johnson January 6, 2012, 7:25 pm

    I have follow-up the directions for changing my sounds on task reminders, but I don’t have any sounds to choose. I can’t download anything on my work computer. Any suggestions?


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