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Desktop-Reminder: Reminder & Alert Scheduling With Custom Snooze Time

There are a whole host of task managers and reminder services and software available to help you remember important events and simple everyday tasks like picking up milk. Desktop-Reminder is an application that allows you to add tasks as far advance as you want and set up a reminder for each task as late or as early as you like. The application, gives you audio alerts and can run unobtrusively in the system tray. You can categorize the tasks and filter them based on the category or description. It automatically highlights tasks with the closest due date.

Once installed, start adding and scheduling your tasks. Click the New Task button, enter a description for the task, specify a date for when the task is due. You can bump the due date of the task up a day, a week or an entire month by clicking the +1, +7 and +1M buttons next to the date field. By default, the application enters the current day’s date as the due date of the task, to change the date, click the small calendar icon next to the date field. Each task is entered without any category, you can edit the category any time. Categories are restricted to the ones listed in the dropdown. For each task, you can define how frequently it occurs and what time of of the day it should remind you of the task. After setting each option for a task, click Ok and the task will be added.

Edit Task

All tasks are listed in the main Tasks tab. The free version does not allow  you to view your task calendar, i.e., you can only view tasks one day at a time and not for an entire week or month. Click Modify to edit a task, Delete to remove a task and Mark as done to mark a task as completed.

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When a task is due, an alert pops up, the alert is accompanied with an alarm. You can snooze this alert; by default it will appear again after 5 minutes, however you can define a custom time for the snooze button.

Desktop-Reminder alert

You can close the application (it can’t be minimized) and it rests unobtrusively in your system tray. You can exit it or maximize it by right-clicking the icon in the tray and choosing either Show or Exit from the context menu.

Desktop-Reminder system tray

You can edit the appearance of the application by choosing one of its preinstalled themes. Go to Tool -> Options and choose Layout in the options window.

Desktop-Reminder Options_

The slightly annoying part of the application is it pops up an alert to activate the PRO version each time you click the Calendar tab in the main window.

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  1. Particularly interesting and useful about Desktop Reminder is that, unlike nearly every other product of its type, one needn’t input a specific time of day. In other words… well… here, just read what it says about this on the product’s web site:

    “There is no need to input time of day for a task or annoying start/end task duration – who cares, at what time to congratulate grandma on her birthday? How long does the congratulation last? It makes Desktop-Reminder simple.”

    Anyone who has spent very much time testing and evaluating reminder software will attest that that’s an unusual and particularly useful feature. Non-trivial, to say the least. That, alone, is almost reason enough to consider no other tool of this type.

    However, the other terribly important thing which desktop reminder software should be able to do is somehow notify beyond just on the screen, or through the speakers. It needs to be able to send a text message or email or something so that one may still get the reminder even if one isn’t sitting at one’s computer.

    Of course, one’s computer would also need to be on in one’s absence for that to work, which is why online/website-based reminder systems may actually be better for this particular purpose. Before I got a desktop-replacement-quality notebook, and stopped having a desktop computer in addition to my notebook, a desktop reminder tool which sends out text messages or emails would have worked fine for me because I absolutely NEVER turn off my desktop. Ever. But now that I use only a notebook, and said notebook spends part of each day off and in my shoulder bag, desktop reminder software which sends-out text messages or emails — or, really, of any kind, come to think about it — is slightly less useful.

    Having the reminder software on a smartphone or PDA (does anyone still use PDA’s?) is probably the best overall solution.

    For those wanting a particularly nice freeware desktop reminder utility which does, indeed, send-out text messages, or emails, or both, just Google “vinade reminder” and you’ll find one of the best-of-breed tools of its type..

    …not that Desktop Reminder isn’t way cool, too, mind you. [grin]

    Hope that helps.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

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