One of the chief complaints I hear all of the time is that Microsoft Outlook does not provide exit confirmation when closing. Since most Outlook users keep it open at all times for new mail notification, it’s nice to know when you close it accidentally. Unfortunately, Outlook does not have an option to display exit confirmation, but with this quick tip you can easily simulate its functionality.
Begin by opening Outlook and creating a new email message. Address it yourself or some made up email address in case it ever gets delivered accidentally. You don’t need to provide any subject or body. The message details are irrelevant.
Now set a delayed message delivery by clicking the Options button and selecting the Do not deliver check box and choosing a date in the far future. Then send the message to your Outbox by clicking Send.
This message will always remain in your Outbox until the delayed delivery date is reached. Whenever you try to close Outlook you will receive a dialog box notifying you that you have unsent messages in your Outbox. Selecting No, or Don’t Exit in Outlook 2007, in this dialog box will return to Outlook without closing it.
Now choose your Outbox folder and open the message for reading and then close it again without resending it. This will mark the message as read so that it doesn’t keep your Outbox highlighted for unread messages. That’s it!
By the way, in order for this tip to work your Outlook profile needs to have a POP3 or IMAP email account added or you must be running in Cached Exchange mode. Okay, so what do you do if your running an Exchange account? Just add a POP3 email account to it. It doesn’t even have to be real. The message must be sent from the POP3 or IMAP account in order for this to work.
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