Outlook: Drafts

Microsoft Outlook automatically saves unsent emails that you are editing as drafts. If you close the email without sending it, Outlook will ask if you want to save the draft. If you choose to save the draft, your message will be saved in the Drafts folder.

Find a Draft
To access drafts of unsent messages, navigate to the Drafts folder in the navigation pane.

Save a Draft
You can also save a draft of a message from the message window by going to File > Save or pressing [Ctrl] + [S]. If you save the message yourself, Outlook will not prompt you to save it when you close the message.

Send a Draft
To finish and send a draft, go to the Drafts folder in the navigation pane. Open the email you want to finish, complete the message, and click Send.

Once you have completed the email message and sent it, it will disappear from the Drafts folder. If you wish to keep template emails in Drafts, you will need to copy and paste the text into a new email to not lose the template email in this way.


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