Those happy folks at Outlook Tips recently sent out a little gem showing how you can change how long Outlook 2003's desktop alert (also known as a 'toast') displays each time a new email arrives. The simplest way is by tunnelling deep into Outlook's Options like this:
(Boy, we did a good job of hiding that option!)
Then tweak the settings as you wish.
But the clever folks at Outlook Tips always take their tips to a higher level so they point out that the maximum display time is 30 seconds. But what if you're a r-e-a-l-l-y---s-l-o-w----r---e---a-----d-------e--------r and you want a longer duration? A bit of registry tweaking is all you need:
And now Outlook will always do your toast exactly as you like it. Now where did I put the jam?
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