Have to send an email but can’t send it now? Don’t risk forgetting! Learn how to schedule emails in Outlook.



Do you need to send an email at a specific time? Are you worried about forgetting it?

The solution: schedule it! It’s simple to do, just follow these steps.

Schedule an Email in Outlook 2007 to Outlook 2016:

  1. Start with a new message, reply or message.
  2. Go to the message’s Options tab.
  3. Click the expansion button in the More Options field’s lower right corner.

*You can also click “Delay Delivery” in the More Options area if you see it.

In older versions of Outlook, Outlook 2000 to Outlook 2003:

  1. Start with a new message, reply or message.
  2. Select View | Options from the message’s menu.
  3. Make sure “Do not deliver before” is checked under Delivery options.
  4. Select the desired delivery date and time using the drop-down lists.
  5. Click Close.
  6. Continue composing the message and eventually click Send.
    *This, of course, will not actually have the message delivered until the set date and time are reached; until then, the message is in the account’s Outbox folder.

Will my message still send if Outlook is closed and not running?

No, Outlook has to be running for your message to be sent. If a message reaches the delivery time and Outlook is not running, the message will be sent first thing as soon as you launch it again.

The same happens if you do not have an Internet connection, or you have setup Outlook to working offline.

Edit scheduled messages

All your scheduled messages sit on the Outbox folder, making it easy to edit or reschedule the message. To edit or reschedule the message, you only have to open it (by double-clicking on the message) and apply your changes.

It’s as simple as that!

Outlook offers basic scheduling features, however, if you need something more comprehensive or flexible, you can find Outlook email scheduling add-ons or consider an email scheduling service.

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