Friday, 10 January 2014

How to increase message alert duration in outlook.

Problem:


How to increase message alert duration in outlook.

Solution:
Control Panel

The location to change this option in Control Panel is a bit obscure and even then it is strangely named and placed.
Control Panel-> Ease of Access-> Ease of Access Center-> Use the computer without a display-> How long should Windows notification dialog boxes stay open?

PC Settings

The modern Windows 8 version of the Control Panel is “PC Settings” and has the option placed in the following location.
Windows 8

Charms-> Settings-> Change PC Settings-> Ease of Access-> Show notifications for x seconds/minutes
Windows 8.1
Charms-> Settings-> Change PC Settings-> Ease of Access-> Other options-> Show notifications for x seconds/minutes

Registry
If you prefer changing the option via the Registry, then you’ll find the value for this setting in the following location.Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Accessibility
Value name: MessageDuration
Value type: REG_DWORD
As the value you must enter the duration in seconds. Set the base from Hexadecimal to Decimal to more easily set the value. Any setting longer than 300 will end up displaying the alert for 5 minutes. Any non-predefined duration will display the option being configured to display the alert for 5 minutes even though it will actually display is for the duration configured in the Registry. This means, you can also set the alert to display for 45 seconds or 2 minutes.


OR

Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\<version>\Common\DesktopAlerts
Value name: TimeOn
Value type: REG_DWORD
Value: 0 - 4294964295

If this key isn’t available choose Edit-> New-> DWORD Value and name it TimeOn(case sensitive!).

Double click the key to give it a decimal value between 0 and 4294964295 (in Hexadecimal value this will be fffff448).