Automatically close original message when replying in Outlook

Maybe you know the problem? Whenever you work with Microsoft Outlook and process incoming e-mails, the original e-mail of the sender always remains open when replying and forwarding an e-mail .

This means that after submitting your email response, you still have to manually close the original email . This is basically not bad, because it is the default setting of Outlook, but it can be annoying if you have to do this with numerous emails.

That is why we always advise users to set Outlook so that the original email is always automatically closed when replying or forwarding . Microsoft offers a corresponding option for this, unfortunately it is relatively hidden. But we show you here in this short Outlook tutorial how you can set this email option quickly and easily.

First of all you click in Outlook on the top left


and then the following small menu opens.

Outlook options

Then click here


and then a very extensive window opens with numerous setting options for Microsoft Outlook. Usually you are on the tab


and then you have to get to the point


switch, so you can see it in the image below.

Close the window of the original message when replying and forwarding

The option you are looking for is located relatively far in the middle of the email options and is called

Close the window of the original message when replying and forwarding

We have highlighted the option in question in the picture. This option is not set by default. By setting the option , the original message is automatically closed when replying and forwarding emails . This way you can save yourself some work in the daily work with Outlook.

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