Tip 209: Finding Dismissed Reminders

What if you used the last tip to dismiss reminders and discover you needed some of the reminders left on?

Unfortunately, Outlook doesn't have an easy way of showing you what reminders were dismissed. You can create a view that includes the modified field, then sort or filter by it to see when the items were dismissed. It's not 100% accurate as many things can modify the item, but if you do this soon after dismissing the reminders, it should be 100% accurate.

Add the modified view to folder then sort by it

You can also use Instant Search in Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010. Use modified:date format in the search field.

Use Instant search to find items by the modified date field

Published December 3, 2004. Last reviewed on June 26, 2013.

  • Dale

    Hi there

    I accidentally deleted two items in Outlook 2007 that were created many months ago (not sure exactly when the items were created). But I accidentally dismissed the reminder for these calendar items.

    I keep searching for tips on how to retrieve those reminders and keep landing on this page.

    But I must admit, I don't know how to apply your advice:

    "You can create a view that includes the modified field, then sort or filter by it to see when the items were dismissed."

    How do I do this in Outlook 2007?


  • Diane Poremsky

    If not in a list view, switch to a list view (the Inbox is a list view, By Category is a list view as is All appointments.)
    right click on the row of field names and choose Field choose
    Find the Modified field under Date and time fields and drag it to the row of field names.
    Click on it it sort... if you know when you dismissed the reminder, find the items with the same modified date or date and time.

  • Clif Kelley

    Worked perfectly. Thank you. Appointments Retrieved.

  • Jim

    This worked wonderfully! Thanks for the topic AND the followup advice!

  • Thomas

    Where can I find the row of field names?

  • Diane Poremsky

    The row of field names is above the message list in Inbox and other folders. In Outlook 2007/2010 it's where Arrange By is. Day week month calendar view and some contact views don't have the row of field names.

  • Mike

    THANK YOU, worked perfect!!!! AWESOME TIP!

  • Monshy

    wow! i used now your tip, I have to Thank you.

  • Adhi

    This is great, it worked for me.. Thank you.

  • mclemens

    In Outlook 2010, what worked for me is going to Tasks, Active tasks, and even though the dismissed task didn't show anymore, it showed up again when I used the "Search To-Do List" by keyword. It was there, but didn't have any reminder anymore, so I reset it.

  • Christi

    Hi Diane - I am trying to follow your advice with Outlook 2013 but I can't get the "Modified" column to show up. It's not in the list and not on the list of the things I can add. Is it possible to recover reminders that were accidentally turned off this morning in Outlook 2013? Thank you!

  • D Poremsky

    Unfortunately, there isn't a log or anything that shows you want was turned off. Using the modified field is the only way.

  • D Poremsky

    Dang, hit the wrong key. :) Modified should be under the Date/Time Fields section in Field Choosers or the Fields dialog, except when it's already in the view.

  • Christi

    Brilliant, Diane - thank you! I didn't realize I was only looking at the most popular ones so I found it with your Date/Time category help!

  • Bartleby

    You saved my bacon with this. Thank you very much!