Ever send an e-mail you wish you didn’t? Pissed off at your boss and decide to send him a nasty-gram? A friend of mine forwarded me a link from the MSDN blog about adding a sending delay to your Outlook client so messages sit in the Outbox for a determined period of time. It’s a brillant idea!
Create a rule to delay sending all items by two minutes. We jokingly call this a “career saver” or “cooling off period.” It keeps me from sending an unwanted/unneeded/extraneous/foolish email about once per year. My most frequent mistake: typing “JOhn” instead of “John” when closing an email.
TO (see, I did it again 🙂 ) do this, click Tools | Rules and Alerts.
- Click New Rule
- Select “Check messages after sending.” On my computer, this is the bottom item.
- Click Next, and then Next again
- You will get an alert that says “This rule will fire for all outgoing mail.” That’s what we want, so click Yes and then Next.
- Set to defer delivery by 2 minutes. Again, on my computer, this is the bottom option.
- Then Finish.
This rule is so simple, I wish I thought of it!!!…when you send an email, the message will sit in your Outlook “Outbox”. If you regret sending a message you can simply go to the Outbox and delete the e-mail. Much better then those questionable “Message Recall” noticed when you use Outlook’s “Recall this Message” feature.