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How to Delay Sending an Email in Outlook 365

Delay Delivery is a useful feature in Outlook 365 which allows you to schedule an email to be sent at a later time. So, don’t worry about sending out those important emails on a day you planned to be away from the office. You can delay sending an email at anytime within the given century.

How to Delay Sending an Email in Outlook 365

Here are the steps to schedule an email to be delivered at a later date and time.

1) From the Outlook 365 Inbox, click on the New E-mail button to create a new email. Complete the e-mail by filling in all the applicable fields including the To, Subject and the Message.

outlook 365 create new email for delay sending

2) Once the e-mail has been drafted, click on the Options tab from the ribbon.

outlook 365 options tab for delay sending

3) From the Options tab, locate Delay Delivery icon. Click on the icon to open the settings to be applied for sending your email at a later time. A dialog box will open.

delay sending button

4) From the Delay Delivery dialog box, ensure that the Do not deliver before: checkbox is checked. Enter the date you wish to deliver the e-mail. Also, enter the time for delivery. The e-mail can be delivered within the same day or anytime in the future within the same century.

delay sending set date and time

5) In order to ensure that the e-mail gets properly delivered to all the recipients, fill in the Contacts field with the e-mail addresses of the recipients. Keeping this field blank and relying on the e-mail addresses listed in the To: field may cause technical problems. So, have the Contacts field filled out as well with all the recipient’s email addresses. You can also select several other settings from this area. For example, you can have the replies sent to a different email address, have the task expire after a specific date if the email fails to deliver, etc. Once you have selected the proper settings, click Close.

delay sending recipients list

That’s it, now sit back and relax. When the set date and time comes, Outlook 365 will deliver the email. To see if your e-mail was delivered, check your Sent folder and ensure that the email is listed there.

Important Note: The date on the email sent will be the date and time you drafted the email and scheduled the delay delivery. It won’t be the date when the message was sent out.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Natalie

    How do you delay a FORWARDED email?

  2. Darryl

    once you have closed the delivery box, do you keep the email open or do you hit send?

    1. David

      That is correct, Darryl. Once you have closed the delivery box, you will hit Send to have the email queued in the system for delivery at a later time. Even though you hit send, it will not be immediately sent out.

  3. Ken Flemming

    On my older version of Outlook you can add this command to the top ribbon, is there an option for that in Office 365?

    1. David

      Yes, you can add it in manually. Simply click on New Email -> Options -> Right click on Delay Delivery button and select Add to Quick Access Toolbar. That’s it, now you should have the button on the Quick Access Tool Bar which is just above the ribbon. This button will show up when you are composing an email.

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