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How to delay the sending meeting invitation in Outlook? 

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2018-11-30

Normally, you can apply the Delay Delivery feature for sending a message at a specific time instead of right now. But, sometimes, you want to delay a sending meeting invitation like an email. How could you send a meeting invitation at the desired time as you need in Outlook?

Delay a sending meeting invitation in Outlook with VBA code

Delay a sending meeting invitation in Outlook with VBA code

May be, there is no direct way for delaying a meeting invitation in outlook, but, the below VBA code can do you a favor, please do as this:

1. First, you should create a new task. In the new Task window:

(1.) Specify the subject, start date, end date for the meeting;

(2.) Set a reminder date and time when you want to send the meeting invitation;

(3.) Type the meeting message as you need.

doc delay sending meeting 1

2. After creating the task, please click Save & Close option to close this window.

3. Then, hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

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

VBA code: Delay a sending meeting invitation:

Private Sub Application_Reminder(ByVal Item As Object)
    Dim xTaskItem As TaskItem
    Dim xAppointmentItem As AppointmentItem
    Dim xRcpArr() As String
    If (Item.Class <> olTask) Or (LCase(Item.Subject) <> "Meeting test") Then
        Exit Sub
    End If
    Set xTaskItem = Item
    xRcpArr = VBA.Split(",,", ",")
    Set xAppointmentItem = Outlook.Application.CreateItem(olAppointmentItem)
    With xAppointmentItem
        .MeetingStatus = olMeeting
        For i = 0 To UBound(xRcpArr)
            .Recipients.Add (xRcpArr(i))
        .Subject = xTaskItem.Subject
        .Location = "Office room 1002"
        .Start = xTaskItem.StartDate + #2:00:00 PM#
        .Body = xTaskItem.Body
        .Duration = 120
        .ReminderSet = True
        .ReminderMinutesBeforeStart = 20
    End With
    Set xTaskItem = Nothing
End Sub

doc delay sending meeting 2

Note: In the above code: Meeting test is the subject that you created for the meeting in step 1; and, you should change the information of recipient addresses, meeting location, start time and meeting duration to your own.

5. Save and close the code, then restart the Outlook to make this code take effect.

6. From now on, when the task item reminder pops up at the specific time you set, Outlook will send out the meeting invitation automatically.

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