Change default value in the Options window

Posted on 2006-04-05
Last Modified: 2010-04-08
Here's a quick and easy (???) one for 500 points !!!

Each day, I write up an email to be sent to all my users and that I select to send only at 01:00am the next day using the Message Options window and selectiong "Do not deliver before -(date)- -01:00-".
Is it possible to configure somewhere in Outlook that the default time displayed in this window would be 01:00 instead of 17:00 so that I don't have to change it each time ? Being able to display also the next day in the "date" field would also be nice.
I looked everywhere in the Options but could not find anything. Maybe a registry entry ?
p.s. I'm using Outlook 2000 or 2003 depending where I am working.


Question by:ndidomenico
    LVL 76

    Accepted Solution

    Greetings, ndidomenico.

    I don't believe there's a way to set a default value for this.  Fortunately, a little scripting will set the time for us, saving you the trouble of having to click through those steps.  Here's that script.  Running this script, which we can do with a single mouse click, will create a message with a default subject and set the delivery time for us without you having to do it each time.  The delivery time will always be the following day at 1:00 am.

    Sub DeferredDeliveryMessage()
        Dim olkMessage As Outlook.MailItem
        Set olkMessage = Application.CreateItem(olMailItem)
        With olkMessage
            .DeferredDeliveryTime = CDate(Date + 1 & " 1:00:00 AM")
            .Subject = "My Subject"
        End With
        Set olkMessage = Nothing
    End Sub


    Author Comment

    This is just perfect !!! Works great !

    Thanks a lot.

    It is amazing how one can customize applications such as Outlook by using scripting. I'd be interested in trying to learn how to do some basic scripting to create little utilities like this one, in Outlook, Word, etc. Would you have any suggestions, references. Nothing complicated. I don't want to start writing complete applications. Just usefull tools to get around limitations or to personnalize my work environment.
    LVL 76

    Expert Comment

    by:David Lee
    You're welcome. ( is a great place to pick up code samples and hints for Outlook.  I don't know of a similar resource for Word scripts.  

    Featured Post

    How your wiki can always stay up-to-date

    Quip doubles as a “living” wiki and a project management tool that evolves with your organization. As you finish projects in Quip, the work remains, easily accessible to all team members, new and old.
    - Increase transparency
    - Onboard new hires faster
    - Access from mobile/offline

    Join & Write a Comment

    Sorry for my English and Italian screenshots..... Problem: Every Year the number of E-Mails grow dramatically and the space that they take on Exchange Servers or .PST files, grow much more faster, once it was only text, now our E-Mail Archives …
    Create high volume marketing opportunities using email signatures with these top 10 DOs and DON'Ts of email signature marketing.
    Get people started with the process of using Access VBA to control Outlook using automation, Microsoft Access can control other applications. An example is the ability to programmatically talk to Microsoft Outlook. Using automation, an Access applic…
    To add imagery to an HTML email signature, you have two options available to you. You can either add a logo/image by embedding it directly into the signature or hosting it externally and linking to it. The vast majority of email clients display l…

    734 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    22 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now