Save or don't save drafts of unsent messages

Microsoft Outlook automatically attempts to save any email message every three minutes 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.

To save a draft of a message, click the File tab, and then click Save.

In Mail, in the folder pane, click Drafts, and then double-click the message.

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

  1. On the File tab, click Options..

  2. In the left pane, click Mail.

  3. Under Save messages, select or clear the Automatically save items that have not been sent after this many minutes check box.

  1. On the File tab, click Options.

  2. In the left pane, click Mail.

  3. 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.

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.

  • 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.

  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.

  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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