Sending a Delayed E-mail

We may not all have had this happen, but for those who have it would have been nice if the sender knew how to send a delayed e-mail.

If you have your e-mail synced with your cell phone you’ve probably gotten e-mails at strange hours at night. That 2:00am e-mail from a co-worker that woke you up so you could find out that the meeting on Monday is now cancelled would have been fine if you got it at 6:00am, not 2:00am when they wrote and sent the message.

As a common courtesy to your recipients it is a good idea to know how to delay e-mail messages from being sent. This is especially true if you find you typically need to write your e-mails late at night as I do.

My phone doesn’t beep or buzz when I get an e-mail but many peoples do and that can be quite startling to get that e-mail at 2:00am in the morning.

The following instructions are also in the Microsoft Office Outlook help menu and can be downloaded by clicking the link below as well. It is a quick and easy couple of steps that your recipients will appreciate you have taken to help them get a better nights rest.

Delay the delivery of a single message

  1. In the message, on the Options tab, in the More Options group, click Delay Delivery Button image.
  2. Under Delivery options, select the Do not deliver before check box, and then click the delivery date and time that you want.

After you click Send, the message remains in the Outbox folder until the delivery time.

 Note   If you are using a POP3 account, Outlook must remain open until the message is sent. To determine the type of account you are using, on the Tools menu, click Account Settings. On the E-mail tab, the Type column lists the type of accounts that are in your active Outlook profile.

Click Here to Download Instructions


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