How to Set Up Microsoft Outlook to Schedule Email Delivery

Saikat Basu 03-08-2009

ft” vspace=”5″ />Isn’t timing everything? In the business (and also the personal) world, schedules are something to stick by. In communication, selecting the right time to communicate is sometimes the difference between a sizzle and a fizzle.


For instance, I need to send forth an email to a different time zone How to Email Smarter With Buit-In Time Zone Converters Read More at 6 AM in the morning. The tireless way would be to wake with the birds and send it on the clock at 6 AM. The job’s done”¦but the smarter way would be to compose it the night before and schedule it for email delivery at 6 AM. The job’s done without me losing any sleep over it.

So why lose sleep when an email client like Outlook comes with a schedule delivery feature built right in. And till the day Gmail comes out with it, the desktop Outlook is the way to go.

The option was there in the earlier editions of Outlook too. A few simple settings and it makes Outlook work at the right time.

Let’s see how to set it up with Microsoft Outlook 2007.

    • Start with a new email message.
    • On the Message tab, click on the tiny Message Options arrow which gives out the Message Options dialog box.


    • You can also access this dialog from the Options tab – More Options – Delay Delivery.


    • Under Delivery Option, select and mark the box which says Do not deliver before. Click on the Calendar and Time dropdowns to select the exact day and time when you want the email to be delivered. Click on Close.


  • When you click on Send, the message remains in the outbox till the time scheduled by you for emailing it. Of course, Outlook must remain open till that time.

There is no limit to the number of emails you can setup for scheduled delivery.


Unfortunately, there is no simple way to setup a recurring scheduled email. It would have been really handy for nagging you-owe-me emails to a thrifty friend. That’s a bit of a miss as it’s not possible to set up Microsoft Outlook to schedule recurring events like appointments and tasks. The recourse for recurring scheduled email is only through third party add-ins. I haven’t come across a freeware add-in so far, so my hunt is still on.

Read the official Microsoft Online page here.

The scheduling of my emails lets me fire and forget. It is a little used but invaluable tool for productivity. That is, if you don’t want to wake up at ungodly hours. Do you use this tool regularly, sporadically or not at all? Let us know the worth of this optional setup.

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  1. Jess
    April 17, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    It seems as though when I use this option, my computer goes into "screen saver" or "sleep" mode, and then doesn't send until get out of these modes. Is there a way to get around this, so that I can send emails like you say, while you're sleeping? Thanks!

  2. George
    October 17, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Not clear what time will be scheduled for a delayed message in another time zone. Is it the recipient's or the sender's time zone?

  3. Oron
    August 21, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Thanks for covering this neat feature Saikat. It can be useful, but but there is a small fly in the ointment. The timestamp on the message is from when 'Send' was clicked rather than the time of actual delivery. The recipient will get the message at the desired time, but there's no pretending when it was sent...

    • Saikat
      August 21, 2009 at 1:21 pm

      Yes, Oron that's the buzzing fly! Nopes, there's no cheating with MS.

  4. Moe
    August 4, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Thank You Saikat for these great tips.
    1 question, when I send this way the date and time of the message stays on the time it was composed. Is there a way to set it as time sent?