Those happy folks at Outlook Tips recently sent out a little gem showing how you can change how long Outlook 2003’s desktop alert (also known as a ‘toast’) displays each time a new email arrives. The simplest way is by tunnelling deep into Outlook’s Options like this:
- Email options (in preferences tab)
- Advanced E-mail Options
- Desktop Alert Settings
(Boy, we did a good job of hiding that option!)
Then tweak the settings as you wish.
But the clever folks at Outlook Tips always take their tips to a higher level so they point out that the maximum display time is 30 seconds. But what if you’re a r-e-a-l-l-y—s-l-o-w—-r—e—a—–d——-e——–r and you want a longer duration? A bit of registry tweaking is all you need:
- Type Regedit, press enter
- Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Common\DesktopAlerts
- Now add a TimeOn DWORD key (if there’s not one there already)
- Now enter a value in milliseconds, anything up to 4 billion (which is about 50 days!)
And now Outlook will always do your toast exactly as you like it. Now where did I put the jam?