Bringing back a skipped reminder

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14 Feb, 2021 03:54 PM

From what I understand, if I skip a reminder, there is no way to bring it back. I've tried changing the repeat periods and restarting MD, but in everything I've tried, it won't come back. In my past life with Quicken, there have been no shortage of times that I've wanted to bring back a skipped reminder.

I noticed that I can change the start date to "sort of" bring back a skipped reminder, that didn't fully work. I can see past skipped reminders in the reminders calendar, but in the summary reminders I don't see any of those skipped transactions.

It seems that the only way I can reliably bring back a skipped reminder is to create a new reminder and delete the old one. While a solution, it seems a bit onerous. I'm not sure why, if I set my First Date to any date (even if it is one I'd skipped) that MD won't give me a reminder.

There would appear to be some bugs in the handling of skipped reminders.

  1. 1 Posted by -Kevin N. on 14 Feb, 2021 06:34 PM

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    Hi CanSaver,

    100%, there should be an easy means to restore a skipped reminder.

    Just as an FYI, the easiest way to recreate a reminder is to locate an instance of a reminder transaction in the register, right-click it (CTRL-click for Mac).
    From the resulting context menu, select 'Create Reminder From Transaction'.
    A reminder creation window will appear will almost all of the relevant data already applied.

    -Kevin N. (not a member of MD support)

  2. 2 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 14 Feb, 2021 06:36 PM

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    Nice tip! Thanks!!

  3. 3 Posted by dwg on 14 Feb, 2021 07:29 PM

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    I'm a fellow user.

    You could potentially just select an existing transaction from the reminder in register and use the Duplicate option if the reminder is now due.

  4. 4 Posted by CanSaver on 14 Feb, 2021 09:06 PM

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    These are great workarounds. In my testing, I skipped several upcoming transactions that I wouldn't necessarily want to enter right away and without the reminder, I might forget. Perhaps my testing is an artificial case and might not happen in the real world. Nonetheless, there are issues as I have described in my original post and it would be great to have them addressed.

  5. 5 Posted by dwg on 14 Feb, 2021 09:25 PM

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    When you skip a reminder I believe the software is marking the reminder for that date as being dealt with, hence it appears greyed out in the calendar as having been processed. The reminder then just moves to the next date in the schedule.

    There is no way that I know of to go back and mark the reminder for that specific date as needing to be processed in other words undoing what was done.

    As you have found the only way of restoring the reminder is to create a new one that has not yet been processed.

    Would it be possible to change the status of the existing reminder in some way, I do not know.

  6. 6 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 14 Feb, 2021 09:34 PM

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    Dwg. You are correct. The single reminder record just stores the last committed date. If you skip, then the last committed date is advanced. The greyed out entries do not exist. I believe they are calculated entires. It would be possible to write a very simple ‘fix’ that edits the record, but I’m not sure it’s worth it.

  7. Melissa closed this discussion on 10 Mar, 2021 11:16 PM.

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