Lifesaving tip: Everyone should set up an email delay rule in Microsoft Outlook to avoid regrets

Have you ever sent an email then wished you hadn’t?  Or thought “whoops”, just spotted a mistake?

It’s easy to set Outlook to give you a safety net, where emails sit in your Outbox for a few minutes before being sent – you can fish them back out, make changes and resend if necessary.

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In Outlook, go into the Manage Rules & Alerts settings (in Outlook 2013, it’s on the HOME ribbon),

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, and

1. Create a new rule

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2. Select “Start from a blank rule” / “Apply on messages I send”

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3. Select “Next” to apply the rule to every message sent (on the “Which condition(s) do you want to check” tab)

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4. On the “what do you want to do with this message” page, select the “Defer delivery” option and choose the number of minutes

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