Save or don't save drafts of unsent messages

By default, every three minutes Microsoft Outlook automatically attempts to save any email message that you create but don’t send. In addition, you can save a draft at any time and are prompted to save messages that you attempt to close without sending.

What do you want to do?


Save a draft of a message that you want to finish later

To save a draft of a message, do one of the following:

  • Click Save on the Quick Access Toolbar.
  • Click the File tab, and then click Save.

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Open a message that you previously created and saved, but never sent

  • In Mail, in the Navigation Pane, click Drafts, and then double-click the message.

 Tip    To delete any draft, click the message, and then press Delete.

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Turn on or off automatic saving of unsent messages

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Click Mail.
  4. Under Save messages, select or clear the Automatically save items that have not been sent after this many minutes check box.

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Change automatic message saving interval

  1. Click the File.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Click Mail.
  4. Under Save messages, in the Automatically save items that have not been sent after this many minutes box enter a number between 1 and 99.

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Applies to:
Outlook 2010