Alarm General Page

Use this page to set basic information about the alarm.

Name

This is the name of the alarm. It is displayed in the main window's list of alarms and in the tooltip for the icon in the taskbar's notification area when this alarm is the next one to go off.

Message

This is the message that will be displayed in the event window when the alarm goes off. If the message is left blank, the application uses the alarm's name.

If you enter a URL, it is automatically highlighted and you can double-click it to open it.

You can change the attributes of the characters and paragraphs in this control. By using the controls next to the message, you can use bold, italics, underline, different fonts, sizes, colors, bullets, left, right, and center alignment to accent your messages and make them stand out.

When you hover the mouse cursor over a button, it displays its function and shortcut in a tooltip.

Action Keyboard Shortcut
Bold Ctrl+B
Underline Ctrl+U
Italic Ctrl+T
Tab Ctrl+I
Undo Ctrl+Z
Left-align Ctrl+L
Right-align Ctrl+R
Center Ctrl+E
New line Enter
Ctrl+Enter

Time

This is the time of day that the alarm will go off. You set the date of the alarm's event(s) in the Date field or on the Repeat page.

Alarm++ sets the default value to the next half hour. Note that it always adds at least five minutes. If you create an alarm at 9:25, it will enter a default time of 9:30, and if you create an alarm at 9:26, it will enter a default time of 10:00.

Date

This is the next date on which the alarm will go off. It may be adjusted, depending on the information you set on the Repeat page and the Advanced page. Its main purpose is to allow you to set the date for an alarm that does not repeat. You can do the same thing with the calendar on the Repeat page, but this method means you don't have to switch pages.

Alarm++ sets the default value to the current date.

This is the Windows “date picker” control from which you can select the date the alarm starts. This is the same as selecting it on the Repeat page but can be more convenient, especially if the alarm only has one event.

Offset

By default, no time is added to or subtracted from the event date/time.

If you want the alarm to go off before the specified event date/time, enter that number in this field, select the desired interval (minutes, hours, etc.) in the combobox, and select “before” in the other combobox. If you want it to go off after the specified event date/time, make sure select “after” in the other combobox.

For example, you have a bill which is due on the first of every month, and you want to mail it from work, a couple of days before it's due. Simply create an alarm that goes off on the 1st of every month. Next, select the Advanced page on the alarm's property sheet. Enter “2”, select workdays in the combobox, and select “before” in the other one. The alarm will now go off two workdays before the first day of every month.

The offset is applied after all other settings are applied. This means that Alarm++ will first find a date/time that matches the constraints you specify on the Advanced page. Then it will apply the specified offset to that date/time. This is important because that means that the date/time on which the event occurs may not match the criteria you specify on the Advanced page. So you will want to use the offset when you want the alarm to go off a certain amount of time before (or after) the event you specify using the other available settings. For example: “Two days after Friday the 13th” or “One workday before a friend's birthday.”

Note: If you select workdays (or non-workdays), Alarm++ determines the alarm's first valid event date and time (without applying the offset). Then it adds or subtracts the specified number of workdays (or non-workdays) from that event. If that places the event in the past, Alarm++ chooses that date for the event. This event date might not correspond to the offset you specified, but it is the earliest possible date for the event.

Snooze

This is the default snooze interval for the alarm. When an alarm goes off, you can select a snooze interval and have the application display the event again later. You can choose to snooze by any number of minutes, hours, or days.

Ignore if N minutes/hours/days/weeks after the event

You can specify that Alarm++ is to ignore the event if it occurs more than a certain amount of time in the past. If you specify a non-zero value for this field, the event will not occur if it has expired.

Delete alarm after last event

If you select this option, Alarm++ will delete this alarm after its last event occurs. (If the alarm is set to repeat forever, it will never be deleted.)

Template

If you select this option, this alarm will be a template. You can use templates to create other alarms so that they have the same options. For example, you can have a "Meeting" template that has a particular sound and sends an e-mail reminder to your pager. You can have a "TV Show" template that automatically starts your Digital Video Recorder software to record the show to your hard drive. (Of course, you'll also need a special graphics card and software for that to happen.)

See Also

Event
Alarm General page
Alarm Repeat page
Alarm Advanced page
Alarm Media page
Alarm Speech page
Alarm Window page
Alarm Application page
Alarm Mail page