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How to prevent sending emails accidentally in Outlook?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2017-08-17

In outlook daily work, sending emails accidentally take places at times, as a result of shortcut keyboards, mistakes, or other reasons. Here, I will share several workarounds to prevent from sending emails by accident in Outlook.

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arrow blue right bubblePrevent sending Outlook emails accidentally by disabling hotkeys

Some emails are sent accidentally because of shortcut keyboards of sending emails in Outlook. Here, this method will guide you to disable the hotkeys of sending emails.

1. Click File > Options to open the Outlook Options dialog box.

2. In the Outlook Options dialog box, please click Mail in the left bar, scroll to the Send messages section, and uncheck the CTRL + ENTER sends a message option. See screenshot:

3. Click the OK button to save the change.

From now on, messages wonโ€™t be sent when you pressing the Ctrl + Enter keys together in Outlook.

arrow blue right bubblePrevent sending Outlook emails accidentally by Check Name feature

Some emails are sent by accident before you correct some mistakes, add message content, etc. Here, this method will guide you to prevent sending emails accidentally by the Check Name dialog box.

1. Click Home > New Email to create a new email, and compose it as you need.

2. Please type a random string in the Cc or Bcc field, and press the Send button. See screenshot:

3. Now the Check Names dialog box comes out. Please click the Cancel button to exit it.

4. Now you return to the Message window. Please clear the random string from the Cc or Bcc field, make changes as you need, and click the Send button again to send the email.

arrow blue right bubblePrevent sending Outlook emails accidentally by Delay Delivery feature

This method will guide you to configure the delay delivery settings for an email, therefore you can prevent this email from being sent before the specified delivery time in Outlook.

1. Click Home > New Email to create a new email, and compose it as you need.

2. Click File > Info > Properties to open the Properties dialog box.

3. In the Properties dialog box, please check the Do not deliver before option, specify the delivery time, and click the Close button. See screenshot:

4. Now you return to the Message window, please click the Send button.

Now the email lines up in the Outbox folder until the specified delivery time. Before the delivery time, you can cancel the sending easily by deleting the email from the Outbox folder.

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