Save or don't save drafts of unsent messages

By default, every three minutes Microsoft Outlook automatically attempts to save any e-mail message that you create but do not 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

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

Turn off automatic saving of unsent messages

Change automatic message saving interval

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

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

  • Click Save on the Quick Access Toolbar.

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  • Click the Microsoft Office Button Office button image , and then click Save.

Open a message 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.

Turn off automatic saving of unsent messages

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.

  2. On the Preferences tab, under E-mail, click E-mail Options.

  3. Clear the Automatically save unsent messages check box.

Change automatic message saving interval

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.

  2. On the Preferences tab, under E-mail, click E-mail Options.

  3. Under Message handling, click Advanced E-mail Options.

  4. Under Save messages, next to AutoSave items every, in the minutes box enter a number between 1 and 99.

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