"Delay Delivery" Email fails to send if opened while in Outbox

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ghh3rd

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Hello -

This has been bothering me for years, and I haven't been able to find an answer...

I discovered a long time ago that if I use the 'Delay Delivery' option, and then need to open the Email to inspect something before it leaves the Outbox, the Delay Delivery does not work, the EMail does not send at the designated time. I must set up Delay Delivery again. Is this typical, or is it just happening for me?

This happened to me today in a different way. I wrote a macro to list all of the EMails in my Outbox, and list their attachments. I created the macro as a QA check, so someone could verify that all of the attachments were made properly. The Emails did not leave the Outbox at the designated time, and had to be sent manually.

Any ideas about this?

Thanks!

Granville
 

Diane Poremsky

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This is the 'send at a specific time' delay, not the send in xx minutes one? It should work as long as the time hasn't passed while the message is open.

Were the messages marked as read? Some addins will mark messages read if you are viewing the outbox when you send. That will prevent mail from sending.
 

ghh3rd

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Correct, 'send at a specific time' delay. There is no addin involved... but being marked as read sounds like an interesting theory.

I suspect that my macro is 'opening' each EMail in my Outbox to access the attachments. Perhaps I can use the 'Unread' property to test the EMails after I access each with the macro I mentioned above and see if the Unread changes from False to True. That would explain a lot, and I perhaps simply changing the property back to True would provide a solution.

I'll post my results.

Thanks!
 

Diane Poremsky

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When you look in the outbox, are the messages in italics? Bold italics is the default, but as long as it's in italics, it should send.

If the macro is reading the messages, do a .send when its done.
 

ghh3rd

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I checked, and the messages are changing to non-italics as they are read by the macro. I added the .send after each one is checked and they are back to italics, and are sending at the designated time. :)

Thank you very much for your help.

Granville
 
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