Alarms Settings

Use the Alarms Settings (from the Other Settings menu, or press Alt+A) to designate the global behavior of alarms (both visual and sound) and other alerts (such as chimes), and what sound will be heard when alarms go off or when the Countdown Timer reaches zero.

Suppress All Alarms: Check this checkbox to temporarily suppress all alarms. If you do, then sounds and dialog boxes which would normally arise from all alarms and the Countdown Timer command will not arise (as well as warnings about past undone items, daily reminders, and incoming messages from other TimeTo™ users). As well, the details about alarms (such as "[alarm]" will not appear on item descriptions on views such as the Day View or multiple day views. This option does not affect functionality regarding the scheduling of alarms: it only affects what happens when the alarm time arrives. (This feature is especially helpful while viewing someone else's schedule, for instance in a network installation of TimeTo™, as you may not want to hear their alarms: your choosing Suppress All Alarms while viewing their schedule will not affect will continue to function according to how you had them set. Your selection will only affect your viewing of their schedule: their schedule and their experience of it on their computer remains unchanged.)

...Until: you can specify a date for when the suppression will expire. For instance, if you want to Suppress All Alarms for the rest of the day but don't want to forget to unsuppress them in the morning, set this date field to tomorrow's date. If you don't want the suppression of alarms to ever expire simply leave the date blank, or set it far in the future.

Suppress Alarm Repeats: Check this checkbox to stop TimeTo™ from sounding your alarm sound once a minute when there are alarm windows that you have not yet responded to, and also to have the Countdown Timer only sound once when it reaches zero (otherwise the Countdown Timer will repeatedly play the alarm sound once a second (or if the alarm sound is longer than one second then it will simply continuously repeat).

Mute Alarm Sounds: Check this checkbox to have alarm dialogs (and many other warning dialogs in TimeTo) not make any sound when they appear. This is especially useful if you are in a meeting where your computer is present but you don't want it to distract others. Another way to mute the sounds for all alarm dialogs (but not other warning dialogs is is to choose "none" as the Sound File For All Alarms.)

Alarm Sound For All Alarms (and Countdown Timer):

You can designate any .wav file as the alarm sound that will be heard for all alarms (or none at all). TimeTo™ displays a list of all .wav files in the Media subfolder of your computer's Windows folder for you to choose from. To test what the alarm would sound like, highlight your choice and click the Test button.

You can also choose the Windows Default Beep option from the list, which will play whatever sound you have set as the Default Beep in the Sounds And Audio Devices control panel in Windows.

To use a sound that is not on the list, use Windows Explorer to place a copy of the .wav file of the sound in the Media subfolder. To create your own sound (such as a recording of your own voice), make a .wav file of it using the Sound Recorder application provided with Windows. If the sound you wish to use is not a .wav file, use sound conversion file, such as the free utility Audacity (from to convert any sound file to .wav format (or use TimeTo's start@yes trigger to launch any file, such as an .mp3).

If you would rather there be never be sounds with alarms or the Countdown Timer, choose the "none" choice at the top of the list.

Tip: If you would like some items to play a sound other than the one you choose in this dialog, add a st@rtyes trigger to the end of item's title, specifying the .wav file you would like played. For instance, if you add the phrase "st@rtyes c:\windows\media\chord.wav" to the end of the item's title, that sound plays when that item's start time arrives. (You can play other sound files as well using this technique such as mp3 files, however if you specify a .wav file then TimeTo™ will play it from within TimeTo™, whereas if you choose another kind of sound file then TimeTo™ will launch the program associated with that kind of file (such as Windows Media Player, to play the file.)

Chime At Top of Hour (and end of workday):
Check this checkbox to have TimeTo™ sound a chime sound every hour on the hour, and at end of your workday (as set in Work Hours Settings). Check or uncheck the checkbox to test the sound.

Tip: The sound that is the chimes00.wav file in your TimeTo folder, so if you'd like a different sound, rename a .wav file of your choice with the name chimes00.wav and replace the existing chimes00.wav file in your TimeTo™ folder with the renamed file.

Tip: If you would like to have a chime play more often or at a different time of the hour, simply copy chimes00.wav and rename the file to the number of minutes after the hour you'd like a chime. For instance, if you wanted a chime at 1/4 past the hour and 1/4 to the hour, and no chime at the top of the hour, then in Windows Explorer rename chimes00.wav as chimes15.wav, and then copy it to chimes45.wav ...or rename other .wav files to these file names in order to get different chime sounds at different times. The end of workday sound will always still be the chimes00.wav file.

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