How to Add an Email Reminder in Outlook.com

Set your Outlook.com calendar to email event alerts automatically

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The Calendar on Outlook.com offers a feature that can send email reminders for calendar events to you and invitees. You will still receive notifications for events you may have set, but an email message is also sent to your inbox. This can be helpful if you are in your email inbox often and might miss other forms of notifications. It's also useful because you can include a custom message with the emailed reminder.

Instructions in this article apply only to the web-based Outlook.com.

Set an Email Reminder for an Event

Follow these steps to add an automatic email reminder to an event in your Outlook.com calendar.

  1. Log into your Outlook.com account and select Calendar.

    You can also reach your Outlook.com calendar by selecting the Office applications launcher in the upper left of the Outlook.com page and choosing Calendar.

    Outlook.com page with Calendar selected
  2. Select the calendar event you want to add an email reminder to and select Edit.

    Outlook.com calendar event selected
  3. Select More options in the calendar event edit window.

    Outlook.com event edit window with More options
  4. Open the Remind me dropdown and select Add email reminder.

    Outlook.com reminder dropdown menu with Add email reminder selected
  5. In the Email reminder window, select Add email reminder.

    Outlook.com Email reminder window with Add email reminder option
  6. Open the Remind me dropdown and select when you want an email reminder to be sent for this event.

    Outlook.com Email reminder window with Remind me dropdown open
  7. You may also add a reminder message in the email sent by entering it in the text box labeled Enter a reminder message here (optional).

    Outlook.com Email reminder window with reminder message text box filled in
  8. If you would like an email reminder to also be sent to invitees of this event, check the box next to Send to attendees.

    Outlook.com Email reminder window with Send to attendees checkbox selected
  9. Select Save. Now you and your guests will receive an email reminder.