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How to delete remind­ers that keep return­ing

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When remind­ers just won’t dis­miss, there are sev­er­al things you can try to get rid of it:

Use the Clean­re­mind­ers switch. This works most of the time.

When clean­re­mind­ers does­n’t work, look for the appoint­ment the remind­er belongs to and delete it.

When you can­’t find the appoint­ment, you need to use MFCMAPI to browse “inside” the mes­sage store and delete the remind­ers. Out­look will then rebuild the list with just the val­id remind­ers.

Use Clean­re­mind­ers switch

The easi­est way to try to get rid of cor­rupt remind­ers is by clos­ing Out­look and reopen­ing it using the /​cleanreminders switch. To do this, press Win­dows key + R to open the Run dia­log. typeUse the cleanreminders switch

out­look /​cleanreminders

in the field and press Ok.

Make sure you have a space between Out­look and the slash. Using ‘outlook.exe’ is option­al — just the pro­gram name should work.

A (very) few people will need to use the full path to outlook.exe. Click Browse and look under C:Program File­sMi­crosoft Office (C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft Office if using 64-bit Win­dows).

Delete the Appoint­ment

Some­times the clean­re­mind­ers switch does­n’t help. When this hap­pens, look for the appoint­ment that is asso­ci­ated with the remind­er and delete it. If you can­’t find it, you’ll need to use MFCMAPI to delete the remind­er.

Use MFCMAPI

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Please note the steps are slightly dif­fer­ent when you use a pst file or Exchange mail­boxes and may vary slightly with new­er ver­sions of MFCMAPI. These instruc­tions were last updated for MFCMAPI v15, March 2012.

PST File (used with POP3 and IMAP accounts)

Reminders folder in pst file

  1. Run MFCMAPI
  2. Go to Ses­sion, Logon
  3. Select your pro­file
  4. Select your data file where the stuck remind­er is. (It may be use your email address as the file­name.)
  5. Expand “Root Con­tain­er”
  6. Right click “Remind­ers” and select “Open Con­tents Table”
  7. New Win­dow Launches with Title Remind­ers
  8. Find the cor­rupt reminder(s) then right click and select “Delete Mes­sage”. Do not select all remind­ers, as that will delete all appoint­ments.
  9. Close MFCMAPI

Altern­ately, you can delete the Remind­er folder and Out­look will rebuild the val­id remind­ers.

Exchange Mail­box

Reminders folder in an Exchange mailbox

  1. Run MFCMAPI
  2. Go to Ses­sion, Logon
  3. Select your pro­file
  4. Select your Mail­box
  5. Expand “Root — Mail­box”
  6. Expand “Find­ers”
  7. Right click “Remind­ers” and select “Open Con­tents Table”
  8. New Win­dow Launches with title “Remind­ers”
  9. Find the cor­rupt reminder(s) then right click and select “Delete Mes­sage”. Do not select all remind­ers, as that will delete all appoint­ments.
  10. Close MFCMAPI

You may need to log into the mail­box using a non-cached pro­file and delete the cor­rupt remind­ers from the mail­box on the serv­er too.

Delete Out­look Remind­ers Tutori­al

When you are delet­ing remind­ers from Exchange accounts, choose your Mail­box name. When you are delet­ing remind­ers from POP3 accounts or *.pst files, right click on the pst name that con­tains the cor­rupt remind­er.

Remem­ber: Delete only the cor­rupt reminder(s) when you delete from inside the remind­er folder you are delet­ing the appoint­ment too.

If you can­’t find the cor­rupt remind­er, you can delete the entire Remind­ers folder. Out­look will rebuild the folder and the (good) remind­ers.

This updated tutori­al shows how to delete remind­ers from both loc­al pst files (used with POP3 or IMAP accounts) and Exchange mail­boxes, begin­ning with POP3 accounts. The Exchange mail­box steps begin at approx 55 seconds (about halfway though).

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