Add a Delay to All Your Outlook E-mail Messages

Last Updated Jan 19, 2009 1:00 PM EST

delay-email.jpgSince I'm generally considered irrational, hot-headed, and wildly impulsive, I occasionally send e-mail that you might argue lacks tact. What I need is some sort of automated cool-down period before my messages leave the outbox. My prayers are answered: It's easy to delay sending Outlook e-mail by a few minutes.

A video tutorial at Office Online show you how to delay sending a single e-mail (great for writing a message ahead of time and ensuring it gets transmitted on schedule). In Office 2007, just click the Options tab and then use the Delay Delivery settings to specify the delay.

A second video shows how to create a rule that delays every message you send by some number of minutes you specify. Adding a 5-minute buffer to every e-mail, for example, gives you a chance to double check your spelling and your diplomacy before the world sees it. To do that, choose Tools, then Rules and Alerts, and, in a new rule, choose Apply this rule after I send the message and then add Defer delivery by a number of minutes. Specify the delay, and you're done.



Live Video

Market Data

Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Watch Now

Market News

Stock Watchlist

New Android App

For your Android phone and tablet, download the FREE redesigned app, featuring CBSN, live 24/7 news.

The all new
CBS News App for Android® for iPad® for iPhone®
Fully redesigned. Featuring CBSN, 24/7 live news. Get the App