Disable Outlook 2016 reminders

Case: I needed to disable Outlook reminders for the company and leave the option to re-enable it back for the user. This means you have to create a Group Policy Preference and arrange it by registry (apply once and do not re-apply). I could find some old articles but nothing helped me accomplish the exact task. This is the right way to do it!

Create a group policy with 2 registry settings:

Key Path: Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\Options\Reminders
Value name: Type
Value type: REG_DWORD
Value data: 0

and

Key Path: Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\Options\Reminders
Value name: PlaySound
Value type: REG_DWORD
Value data: 0


Step 2: For both registry settings go to the “common” tab and select “apply once and do not reapply” so the user can enable it back afterwards.

After creating the policies, it will now look like this:

Don’t forget to assign the policy to an OU with users in it for which it need to be applied.

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