How to Set a Date Reminder on My Computer

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One way to remember an important upcoming event is to schedule your computer to remind you. You probably spend a lot of time on your computer working, shopping, networking, playing games or surfing the Internet. You can set event reminders and alarm notifications on your computer that pop up while you are doing your daily computer tasks to remind you of your upcoming appointments.

Set up reminders or an alarm for an event on your computer's calendar.
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Step 1

Click the "Start Menu" button to open the Modern UI.

Open the Modern UI by clicking Start.
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Step 2

Click the "Search" button in the Modern UI, type "Calendar" and press "Enter" to open the installed Windows Calendar app. Alternatively, if you have the app pinned to Start, you can click the icon to open it.

Search for and open the Calendar app.
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Step 3

Right click anywhere in the screen that appears to access the tool bars along the top and bottom of the screen. Click the "New" button to set up an event.

Click on "New" to set up an even in the "What's next" view.
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Step 4

In the setup page, you can enter the date, time, duration, and frequency of the event as well as note the other guests attending the event in the column on the left. You can also put the name of the event and any notes about it in the spaces indicated on the right. Enter your event's information.

Set up the event.
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Step 5

Click the "Save" icon to complete your entry.

Save your event.
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Step 6

Click "Show More" to access options for setting up a reminder alarm.

Open options for a reminder.
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Step 7

Click the drop down list in the "Reminder" section. Choose "At start time" to schedule a popup notification to appear in the corner of your screen when the event starts. You can also set up the Calendar to send you reminders of events daily, weekly or at some other interval of time leading up to the event.

Choose "At start time" to set up a notification.
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Tips & Warnings

  • You can also search for the Calendar app using the "Search" function on the Charm bar.
  • If you want to use the Calendar reminder as an alarm for an event, use "At start time" as the trigger. Otherwise, you will be reminded of the upcoming event at the intervals you chose, but the reminders will not act as an alarm at the actual event start time.

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