How To Schedule an Email in Outlook

Outlook is a great email management tool you can use on desktop, mobile, or the web. But if you want to make the most of this tool, you need to know how to schedule your messages. In this guide, you’ll find out how to schedule an email in Outlook.

Schedule an Email in Outlook on the Web

When you don’t have the desktop space, Outlook has a web-based application. This differs from the standard Microsoft email, as the company built it with more professional features.

To schedule a message, you first need to access Outlook’s website. For the web version, you don’t need to pay for a subscription.

Once you are logged in, you can start by clicking the “New message” button in the upper-right corner. From there, you’ll be taken to the standard email sending page.

Click the New message button in the upper-right cornerClick the New message button in the upper-right corner

From the message window, fill out your text boxes as you usually would. Don’t forget to input the recipient, the subject line, and the body.

After you get all this information in, click the arrow next to “Send” to pull up a drop-down menu. Instead of clicking “Send,” you will want to select “Schedule send”.

Click the arrow next to Send to pull up a drop-down menuClick the arrow next to Send to pull up a drop-down menu

After clicking “Schedule send”, a new menu will appear. This menu will give you two options to send at 8 a.m. on following mornings. Alternatively, you can select “Custom time” to schedule a specific time.

Click Schedule sendClick Schedule send

Selecting “Custom time” will cause a calendar menu to appear. From there, you can choose a specific date and time to send it.

Select Custom timeSelect Custom time

After clicking “Send” on this menu (or the prior one), your message will be scheduled. You know it was done correctly if you see it on your drafts, with a “Schedule Send” marker when selecting it.

Click Send and your message will be scheduledClick Send and your message will be scheduled

Canceling or Editing the Email on the Outlook Web Application

If you need to cancel the email, you need to delete it from your drafts by clicking the trash icon. For editing, select the message in your drafts, click the pencil icon on the right, and select “Modify email.”

After selecting this, you’ll be able to edit the subject, body, and recipient again. To reschedule your message, choose the “Send later” option by following the same steps from above. If you don’t like the draft at all, you can choose “Discard” to throw it out.

Schedule an Email in Outlook on the Desktop

The desktop version requires a subscription to Office 365. The reason this differs is that you get more email storage and can save copies on your desktop. Regardless, the process for scheduling is fairly similar.

To start, we will provide you the instructions to schedule on the Windows version of Outlook. You can find the Mac instructions further down.

Schedule an Email on Outlook on Windows

To schedule on Microsoft Outlook for Windows, click “New Email” found in the upper-left corner. This will cause a message box to appear, like the image below:

Click New EmailClick New Email

Fill out the text boxes as you normally would, and select the options menu found in the top middle. From there, you will either see a menu with three dots or an option that says “Delay Delivery.” Either way, click on “Delay Delivery” when you spot it.

Select the options menu found in the top middleSelect the options menu found in the top middle

After clicking, you will see a properties menu that allows you to select different options. If you want to focus on when to schedule messages, focus on the area under “Delivery Options.”

The properties menu to select different optionsThe properties menu to select different options

Be sure the “Do not deliver before” option is checked and select an appropriate date and time based on your needs. The remaining options are unnecessary for scheduling, but are useful.

After selecting your preferred delivery time, click “Close” and return to the message. From there, click “Send” to get it scheduled. To know you’ve done it right, you’ll find it in your outbox.

If you want to edit it, double-click it. If you want to delete it, click the “Trash can” icon in the upper-left corner.

As you’ll find out, the Mac instructions are somewhat different.

Schedule an Email on Outlook on Mac

The instructions for scheduling on Mac are closer to the instructions for scheduling on the web.

Regardless, you’ll want to start by clicking “New Message” in the upper-left corner. From there, enter the details of your message as normal and then select the drop-down menu right next to “Send” and choose “Send Later”.

Click New Message then select Send and choose Send LaterClick New Message then select Send and choose Send Later

After clicking the “Send Later” button, a menu will appear allowing you to select a time and date for sending. Much like with the web version, you’ll know it’s scheduled when you see it in your drafts folder.

Click OKClick OK

Schedule an Email in Outlook on Mobile (Android or iOS)

Outlook’s mobile applications could use a bit of work, as there is no way to schedule through them. So instead, you have one of two options for scheduling from an outlook account:

If using option two, you can follow our instructions for how to schedule an email in Gmail.

To schedule in Apple Mail, long-press the send arrow and wait for the send options to pop up. Much like the web app, you can change details from the draft folder.

How Clean Email Can Help You Stay Organized

When you schedule an email, it ultimately helps to keep you more organized. However, if your inbox is cluttered, you’ll still run into distractions. Thankfully, Clean Email can help you keep your inbox clean and organized.

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The Unsubscriber feature is the first tool for organization, removing unwanted messages so you can be ready for any responses. With time sensitive messages, as scheduled items often are, it helps not to have to dig through a bunch of unimportant stuff. However, you can still access these messages in a separate folder.

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Schedule an Email in Outlook - FAQs

Can you set a timer for an email to send in Outlook?

Yes. While you won’t see an actual countdown timer, you can select a specific delivery time. This program allows you to schedule your messages down to a specific minute.

Will a delayed email still be sent if Outlook is closed?

Yes. Because it works with external servers, you don’t need to keep it open to keep it scheduled. Whether using the web app or desktop application, Outlook will send your delayed mail.

Will a scheduled email be sent without the internet?

If you schedule on the desktop application, your message will be sent once you regain an internet connection. To send any emails, you need to have a persistent internet connection. Thankfully, Outlook’s desktop application can save your scheduled work, but this does not work for the web app.

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