Delay Sending Your Emails in Microsoft Outlook
Provided by: FMS Development Team
I didn't mean to send that!
Have you ever sent a message in Microsoft Outlook and
immediately wished you could get it back?
Do you remember something you need to change
immediately after pressing Send? Maybe a
related email came in while you composed your
message. Maybe you forgot to add the attachment
you mentioned in your email.
Or maybe you just need to cool down and reflect a
little more before sending your message. Having
the ability to stop and delete that message
could save your job, relationship, or client!
Solution: Add a Short Delay Before Your Messages
are Actually Sent
Fortunately, there's a simple solution to
tell Outlook to delay sending your message. By
setting an Outlook rule, you can delay all your
messages for a few minutes.
How it Helps: Retrieve the Message from Your
Before a message is sent, Microsoft Outlook
places it in your Outbox prior to sending it to
your Exchange Server. The default behavior is
for Outlook to immediately send all messages
that are put in the Outbox.
By adding the rule to delay this, your
message will sit in the Outbox giving you the
opportunity to open it again to edit it, or
simply delete it. You can specify the number of
minutes you'd like like the message to wait
before it's sent. You can also create
exceptions, like not delaying any messages that
are marked as Important.
Delay delivery of all messages
The example below is for Outlook 2016. If you are using an earlier
version of Outlook, please visit: Delay Sending Your Emails in Microsoft Outlook
2013, 2010, 2007 and Earlier
From the File menu, choose the Manage Rules & Alerts button:
Click "New Rule..."
In the "Start from a blank rule" section, select
"Apply rule on messages I send". Then click Next.
For the next screen, you can limit the rule based on certain conditions.
Select any options you want. Click "Next".
A box will appear displaying the prompt "This rule will be applied to
every message you send. Is this correct?". Click "Yes".
Check the option to "defer delivery by a number of minutes":
The rule appears in the bottom Step 2 section. Click on the "a number
of" minutes to specify how many minutes you'd like to delay your
You can then specify exceptions. We like to create an option to bypass
the rule when a message is marked as important. Click "Next".
You can then specify a name for your new rule, then click "Finish".
Using Your Outbox
From your Outlook Mail folder, you can
display the list of folders and Favorites. The
Outbox folder contains the messages that are
sent but being delayed due to your rule. For
simplicity, drag the Outbox folder to your
This lets you easily grab any messages
before they actually go out. You now have a few
minutes to edit your message, add a forgotten attachment, or
delete the message. After you edit and hit the Send button, the clock starts
again for the delay. Hope this helps!