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How to automatically decline meeting invites from specific people in Outlook? 

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2022-10-09

In Outlook, we can create a rule to decline some meeting invites from specific people automatically, but, how to deal with it? This article will introduce a method in details.

Decline meeting invites from specific people automatically in Outlook

Decline meeting invites from specific people automatically and delete the meeting from calendar as well


Decline meeting invites from specific people automatically in Outlook

Please do with the following steps to finish this job:

1. First, you should create a message template for the decline meeting invites. In the Message window, type the message you want to send for declining the meeting invites. See screenshot:

2. Then save the message as template format, please click File > Save As, in the Save As window, enter a name for the message into the File name text box, and then choose Outlook Template(*.oft) from the Save as type drop down list, see screenshot:

Note: When you select Outlook Template(*.oft), a default user template folder will be opened.

3. Then click Save button to save the message template, and close the message window.

4. And then, you can create a rule. Please click Rules > Manage Rules & Alerts under the Home tab, see screenshot:

5. In the Rules and Alerts dialog box, click New Rule from the E-mail Rules tab, see screenshot:

6. In the popped out Rules Wizard, click Apply rule on message I receive option under the Start from a blank rule section, see screenshot:

7. Then click Next button, and in the popped out dialog box, check from people or public group in the Step1: Select condition(s) list box, and then click the text link people or public group to open the Rule Address dialog box, and select the people which you want to decline the meeting from, see screenshot:

8. Click OK button, still in this dialog box, please scroll to check which is a meeting invitation or update option from the Step1: Select condition(s) list box, see screenshot:

9. Go on clicking Next button, in the following dialog box:

(1.) Check reply using a specific template option in Step1: Select action(s) list box;

(2.) And then click the text link a specific template to open the Select a Reply Template dialog box;

(3.) In the Select a Reply Template dialog box, choose User Templates in Files System from the Look In drop down;

(4.) Then select the message name you have created just now;

(5.) Click Open button.

10. Go back to the original dialog box, go on checking delete it option in the Step1: Select action(s) list box, see screenshot:

11. The click Next > Next to go the last step dialog. In the Finish rule setup section, specify a name for this rule, and check Turn on this rule option from the Step2: Setup rule options, see screenshot:

12. Click Finish button to finish this rule, then click OK to close the dialog box.

13. From now on, when receiving the meeting from this specific people, a decline email will be sent to him automatically, and the meeting message will be deleted as well.


Decline meeting invites from specific people automatically and delete the meeting from calendar as well

The first method helps to send an email telling the person that you will not attend the meeting, but the meetings will always be displayed in your calendar. If you need to delete the meetings which appear in your calendar at the same time, the following VBA code can do you a favor.

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, double click ThisOutlookSession from the Project1(VbaProject.OTM) pane to open the module, and then copy and paste the following code into the blank module.

VBA code: Automatically decline meeting invites and delete the meetings from calendar as well:

Private Sub Application_NewMailEx(ByVal EntryIDCollection As String)
Dim xEntryIDs
Dim xItem
Dim i As Integer
Dim xMeeting As MeetingItem, xMeetingDeclined As MeetingItem
Dim xAppointmentItem As AppointmentItem
On Error Resume Next
xEntryIDs = Split(EntryIDCollection, ",")
For i = 0 To UBound(xEntryIDs)
    Set xItem = Application.Session.GetItemFromID(xEntryIDs(i))
    If xItem.Class = olMeetingRequest Then
        Set xMeeting = xItem
        xMeeting.ReminderSet = False
        If VBA.LCase(xMeeting.SenderEmailAddress) = VBA.LCase("") Then 'Specify the person you need
            Set xAppointmentItem = xMeeting.GetAssociatedAppointment(True)
            xAppointmentItem.ReminderSet = False
            Set xMeetingDeclined = xAppointmentItem.Respond(olMeetingDeclined)
            xMeetingDeclined.Body = "Dear, " & vbCrLf & _
                                    "I am not at office. " & vbCrLf & _
                                    "I'm sorry that I will not attend the meeting invitations."
            xMeetingDeclined.Send
            xMeeting.Delete
        End If
    End If
Next
End Sub

3. Then, save and close this code window. From now on, if there are meetings from this specific person, he will receive a declined email and the meeting will be deleted from your calendar automatically.


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Comments (33)
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Good morning, the code I pasted below erases the email but not the calendar event.

Scenario is a meeting forwarding to a DL that contains my personal email . At this moment I receive the event in both the calendars, rightly to the shared calendars connected to the DL, but also to my personal agenda, I would not.

Please could you help me with the code?

thx
Francesco


Private Sub Application_NewMailEx(ByVal EntryIDCollection As String)
Dim xEntryIDs
Dim xItem
Dim i As Integer
Dim xMeeting As MeetingItem, xMeetingDeclined As MeetingItem
Dim xAppointmentItem As AppointmentItem
On Error Resume Next
xEntryIDs = Split(EntryIDCollection, ",")
For i = 0 To UBound(xEntryIDs)
Set xItem = Application.Session.GetItemFromID(xEntryIDs(i))
If xItem.Class = olMeetingRequest Then
Set xMeeting = xItem
xMeeting.ReminderSet = False
If VBA.LCase(xMeeting.SenderEmailAddress) = VBA.LCase("") Then
Set xAppointmentItem = xMeeting.GetAssociatedAppointment(True)
xAppointmentItem.Delete
xMeeting.Delete
End If
End If
Next
End Sub
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Buongiorno, con il codice sotto mi viene eliminata la mail ricevuta ma non l'evento nel calendario personale.

Lo scenario è inoltro di un meeting ad una DL a cui è collegato il mio account. Al momento ricevo l'evento sia nel calendario condiviso collegato alla DL (corretto!) sia nel mio personale, dal quale invece non vorrei vederlo.

Potete aiutarmi?

grazie
Francesco


Private Sub Application_NewMailEx(ByVal EntryIDCollection As String)
Dim xEntryIDs
Dim xItem
Dim i As Integer
Dim xMeeting As MeetingItem, xMeetingDeclined As MeetingItem
Dim xAppointmentItem As AppointmentItem
On Error Resume Next
xEntryIDs = Split(EntryIDCollection, ",")
For i = 0 To UBound(xEntryIDs)
Set xItem = Application.Session.GetItemFromID(xEntryIDs(i))
If xItem.Class = olMeetingRequest Then
Set xMeeting = xItem
xMeeting.ReminderSet = False
If VBA.LCase(xMeeting.SenderEmailAddress) = VBA.LCase("") Then
Set xAppointmentItem = xMeeting.GetAssociatedAppointment(True)
xAppointmentItem.Delete
xMeeting.Delete
End If
End If
Next
End Sub
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thanks for the great advice. How does the VBA need to be changed if I don't want to auto-decline invites from specific senders, but if I want invites to be declined (and removed!) that are sent to me as a member of a distribution list? I don't want to leave the distribution list, but since I work remotely, on-site meetings don't make sense to me, but the pure mails from this particular group do.
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Hallo

Werden auch Terminanfragen gelöscht, die "im Auftrag von" abgelehnt und gelöscht?
Bin mir nicht ganz sicher, ob der Code funktioniert, da Termine die "im Auftrag von" nicht gelöscht werden, obwohl der/die Absender ebenfalls aufgeführt ist.

Private Sub Application_NewMailEx(ByVal EntryIDCollection As String)
Dim xEntryIDs
Dim xItem
Dim i As Integer
Dim xMeeting As MeetingItem, xMeetingDeclined As MeetingItem
Dim xAppointmentItem As AppointmentItem
On Error Resume Next
xEntryIDs = Split(EntryIDCollection, ",")
For i = 0 To UBound(xEntryIDs)
Set xItem = Application.Session.GetItemFromID(xEntryIDs(i))
If xItem.Class = olMeetingRequest Then
Set xMeeting = xItem
xMeeting.ReminderSet = False
If VBA.InStr(VBA.LCase(", "), VBA.LCase(xMeeting.SenderEmailAddress)) <> 0 Then 'Specify the person you need
Set xAppointmentItem = xMeeting.GetAssociatedAppointment(True)
'xAppointmentItem.ReminderSet = False
'Set xMeetingDeclined = xAppointmentItem.Respond(olMeetingDeclined)
'xMeetingDeclined.Body = "Dear, " & vbCrLf & _
"I am not at office. " & vbCrLf & _
"I'm sorry that I will not attend the meeting invitations."
'xMeetingDeclined.Send
xAppointmentItem.Delete
xMeeting.Delete
End If
End If
Next
End Sub
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Wie würde der Codeaussehen, wenn man dort mehrere Empfänger hinterlegen möchte?

Gruß
Thomas
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
Hallo

Wie würde der Code aussehen, wenn ich mehrere Absender habe, dessen Termin ich ohne Antwort ablehnen will?

Danke schön
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buen dia,
¿hay posibilidad de añadir una condición para el rechazo de la invitación?
me refiero a validar si a la hora de la reunión se está libre o no, en caso de tener otra reunión si rechazar automáticamente.

gracias
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Hi, skyyang
Thank you for your information.

I have one question about this.
If i don't want to repley email of attending, which code can i use ?
Could you please update with this option?
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Hello, dedn,
To remove the meetings but don't send a response, please apply the below code:
Private Sub Application_NewMailEx(ByVal EntryIDCollection As String)
Dim xEntryIDs
Dim xItem
Dim i As Integer
Dim xMeeting As MeetingItem, xMeetingDeclined As MeetingItem
Dim xAppointmentItem As AppointmentItem
On Error Resume Next
xEntryIDs = Split(EntryIDCollection, ",")
For i = 0 To UBound(xEntryIDs)
    Set xItem = Application.Session.GetItemFromID(xEntryIDs(i))
    If xItem.Class = olMeetingRequest Then
        Set xMeeting = xItem
        xMeeting.ReminderSet = False
        If VBA.LCase(xMeeting.SenderEmailAddress) = VBA.LCase("") Then 'Specify the person you need
            Set xAppointmentItem = xMeeting.GetAssociatedAppointment(True)
            'xAppointmentItem.ReminderSet = False
            'Set xMeetingDeclined = xAppointmentItem.Respond(olMeetingDeclined)
            'xMeetingDeclined.Body = "Dear, " & vbCrLf & _
                                    "I am not at office. " & vbCrLf & _
                                    "I'm sorry that I will not attend the meeting invitations."
            'xMeetingDeclined.Send
            xAppointmentItem.Delete
            xMeeting.Delete
        End If
    End If
Next
End Sub

Please have a try, hope it can help you!
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
Hallo
Danke für den Code.
Wie müßte die Zeile 14 aussehen, wenn man mehrere Absender hat?

Danke schön.
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
Hello, Thomas,
If you want to set multiple senders in the code, please apply the below code:
Private Sub Application_NewMailEx(ByVal EntryIDCollection As String)
  Dim xEntryIDs
  Dim xItem
  Dim i As Integer
  Dim xMeeting As MeetingItem, xMeetingDeclined As MeetingItem
  Dim xAppointmentItem As AppointmentItem
  On Error Resume Next
  xEntryIDs = Split(EntryIDCollection, ",")
  For i = 0 To UBound(xEntryIDs)
      Set xItem = Application.Session.GetItemFromID(xEntryIDs(i))
      If xItem.Class = olMeetingRequest Then
          Set xMeeting = xItem
          xMeeting.ReminderSet = False
          If VBA.InStr(VBA.LCase(", "), VBA.LCase(xMeeting.SenderEmailAddress)) <> 0 Then 'Specify the person you need
              Set xAppointmentItem = xMeeting.GetAssociatedAppointment(True)
              'xAppointmentItem.ReminderSet = False
              'Set xMeetingDeclined = xAppointmentItem.Respond(olMeetingDeclined)
              'xMeetingDeclined.Body = "Dear, " & vbCrLf & _
                                      "I am not at office. " & vbCrLf & _
                                      "I'm sorry that I will not attend the meeting invitations."
              'xMeetingDeclined.Send
              xAppointmentItem.Delete
              xMeeting.Delete
          End If
      End If
  Next
End Sub


Note: If there are more senders need to be added, please add the emails into this script If VBA.InStr(VBA.LCase(", "), VBA.LCase(xMeeting.SenderEmailAddress)) <> 0 Then

Please try, hope it can help you!
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Hi, skyyang
Thank you for your information.

I have one question about this.
If i don't want to repley email of attending, which code can i use ?
Could you please update with this option?
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skyyang I get lots of emails from an automated and unmanned inbox, so I don't want to send a reply to them about declining the meeting. Would I instead just cut out the .Body and .Send segments and use this?:
Private Sub Application_NewMailEx(ByVal EntryIDCollection As String)
Dim xEntryIDs
Dim xItem
Dim i As Integer
Dim xMeeting As MeetingItem, xMeetingDeclined As MeetingItem
Dim xAppointmentItem As AppointmentItem
On Error Resume Next
xEntryIDs = Split(EntryIDCollection, ",")
For i = 0 To UBound(xEntryIDs)
Set xItem = Application.Session.GetItemFromID(xEntryIDs(i))
If xItem.Class = olMeetingRequest Then
Set xMeeting = xItem
xMeeting.ReminderSet = False
If VBA.LCase(xMeeting.SenderEmailAddress) = VBA.LCase("") Then 'Specify the person you need
Set xAppointmentItem = xMeeting.GetAssociatedAppointment(True)
xAppointmentItem.ReminderSet = False
Set xMeetingDeclined = xAppointmentItem.Respond(olMeetingDeclined)
xMeeting.Delete
End If
End If
Next
End Sub


Cheers,
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Hello, D
What do you mean the automated and unmanned inbox?
Could you explain it more detailed, thank you!
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing. Could you please update the VBL with more options? I need to decline and remove from my calendar meeting invites with the following:
- from specific people - already covered in your VBL
- with specific words in the body
- with specific words in the subject
- except if sent to people or public group
- except if my name is in the To or CC box
- except if it marked as importance
- except if the subject contains specific words

About this part:
f VBA.LCase(xMeeting.SenderEmailAddress) = VBA.LCase("") Then 'Specify the person you need

I will replace the with the sender I need to filter and decline the invites from but I don't understand if I need to replace this part with anything specific " Specify the person you need" or just leave as is?
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I have the same question as Dan about "Then 'Specify the person you need"

Thank you!
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Hello, Rriela,
In the code, you juse need to change the sender address "" to the sender that you want to decline the invites from.
'Specify the person you need :This text is only annotation, you can leave or delete it as you need.
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Okay thank you! I did mine like this:

Private Sub Application_NewMailEx(ByVal EntryIDCollection As String)
Dim xEntryIDs
Dim xItem
Dim i As Integer
Dim xMeeting As MeetingItem, xMeetingDeclined As MeetingItem
Dim xAppointmentItem As AppointmentItem
On Error Resume Next
xEntryIDs = Split(EntryIDCollection, ",")
For i = 0 To UBound(xEntryIDs)
Set xItem = Application.Session.GetItemFromID(xEntryIDs(i))
If xItem.Class = olMeetingRequest Then
Set xMeeting = xItem
xMeeting.ReminderSet = False
If VBA.LCase(xMeeting.SenderEmailAddress) = VBA.LCase("") Then 'Specify the person you need
Set xAppointmentItem = xMeeting.GetAssociatedAppointment(True)
xAppointmentItem.ReminderSet = False
Set xMeetingDeclined = xAppointmentItem.Respond(olMeetingDeclined)
xMeetingDeclined.Body = "Dear Fake, " & vbCrLf & _
"I will not attend this meeting. Thank you."
xMeetingDeclined.Send
xMeeting.Delete
End If
End If
Next
End Sub

But I wonder if there is a way to decline the meeting and delete it from my calendar WITHOUT sending a response? Can I just delete this part:
Set xMeetingDeclined = xAppointmentItem.Respond(olMeetingDeclined)
xMeetingDeclined.Body = "Dear Fake, " & vbCrLf & _
"I will not attend this meeting. Thank you."

Thank you so much for your help
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