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Outlook: How to delay the delivery of a message
Last Updated a year ago

Delay the delivery of a message

Note: Outlook must stay open until after the message is sent. If you need to step away from your computer you can lock it instead of selecting sign-out. If you close outlook, sign-out, or turn off your computer the message will not be sent at the delivery time set.

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  1. While composing a message, select the More options arrow from the Tags group in the Ribbon.

Select More Options to set a delivery delay.

  1. Under Delivery options, select the Do not deliver before check box, and then click the delivery date and time you want.

Set a date and time to deliver your message.

  1. Click Close.
  2. When you're done composing your email message, select Send.
After you click Send, the message remains in the Outbox folder until the delivery time.

If you decide later that you want to send the message immediately, do the following:

  1. Switch to the Outbox folder.
  2. Open the delayed message.
  3. Select the More options arrow from the Tags group in the Ribbon.

    Select More Options to set a delivery delay.
  4. Under Delivery options, clear the Do not deliver before check box.
  5. Click Close and send.

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