I've just begun using Outlook 2011 Mac. I have discovered that if I view a contact entry containing a birthday or anniversary field, and move my mouse pointer to hover over that field, a button appears allowing me to set a reminder. That then adds a recurring event to the calender, such that a reminder should occur. I don't yet know when the reminder will trigger with respect to the date of the event, and I'm seeking a way to configure that 'beforehand reminder' time for those recurring calendar events. I have not done this with other versions of Outlook (Mac or Windows). My web searches have led me to believe that it is possible with other Outlook versions, but none of those instructions seem applicable to Outlook 2011, and I have exhausted all my resources trying. I'm about to give up, and simply create tasks for each of my birthday / anniversary events, and abandon the idea of using the contacts / calendar reminder feature for that purpose.
Thanks very much for any advice!