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Is there an Outlook shutdown confirmation window?

by Mr.Twister / September 19, 2006 7:06 AM PDT

Running Outlook 2003 (SP2), with XP Pro Ver.2, SP2.
Amidst the collection of open application windows that are active on my busy workspace, on more than one occassion, I have accidentally hit the [X] icon in the upper right hand corner of Outlook, and subsequently launched the shutdown. DDuoooHHH!!@@@@
This causes me an assortment of extra heartaches. The application shuts down OK, and restarts OK, but I did not want it shutdown at that time, for other reasons.

My request: is it possible to provide a confirmation shutdown window that might ask:

''{Are you sure you really, really want to close your Outlook application?? [Yes] [No] }''.

In much the same context as ''would you like to close your WORD document without saving?''

Is there a way to turn this capability on from within Outlook? Is there a plugin that might do this function?



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What's the problem ...
by Kees Bakker / September 19, 2006 5:06 PM PDT

with closing and reopening Outlook? You don't lose anything, do you? Could you disclose those "other reasons"?

Word doesn't ask a question either if you won't lose changes in your current document by not saving it. That makes sense, to me.


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Outlook does not ask for a shutdown confirmation..
by Mr.Twister / September 20, 2006 12:36 AM PDT
In reply to: What's the problem ...

The problem with closing Outlook accidentally is it shuts down other applications I have tied to it. I cannot get into the details of what the ''other reasons'' are without a kilo of BBQ wings, and 3 litres of Heineken!! I do not loose any email, or anything, but the impact of shutting down Outlook accidentally, is not the desired objective. I want the ''are you sure you want to close Outlook'' confirmation popup.

Maybe my use of Word as a design analogy was unclear. MS Word does ask a confirmation question about closing the application. If you start a new document, or open an existing document for editting, and then accidentally close the WORD application by selecting the [X]icon, or using Alt-F4, Microsoft throws out a popup window that states:
Microsoft Office Word
Do you want to save the changes in Document1?
[YES] [No] [Cancel]

I want the same sort of confirmation popup when I accidentally hit [X]icon in Outlook, and the popup will ask me to confirm if I really want to shutdown the Outlook application [YES] [NO].
Does such a capability exist within Outlook? Is there a MS Office plugin that will do that function?

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Ask a programmer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 20, 2006 1:13 AM PDT

I see from this and other discussions that someone could code up a solution for you. But I didn't see that someone has done this yet.

Given the cost of the .Net development package (over 1,000 for the one I use) and the time involved you have to consider if you'll pay for the solution.

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Make it yourself.
by Kees Bakker / September 20, 2006 1:16 AM PDT
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Maybe a way.
by Kees Bakker / September 20, 2006 7:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Make it yourself.

When I quit Outlook after playing with macro's, to my surprise it asked me - like the MS Word example you gave - if I wanted to save my changes: Yes/no/cancel.

So possibly you can write a simple macro that runs when starting Outlook and that does 'something' without saving it. Maybe create a new task or change some setting, I really wouldn't know. Then - if you quit Outlook - it should ask the same question. And you should remember to answer 'cancel' if you don't want to quit.

Just an idea.


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Outlook: Avoid accidental closing
by anooppaul / September 29, 2012 2:58 PM PDT

Hi. you can do it easily in Outook 2007 by selecting the "Hide when minimised" option in the system tray Outlook icon

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[Accepted Solution] Confirming on Exit
by shadow_of_glory / April 8, 2014 5:11 AM PDT

There is a very easy way to make this happen without using any additional software.

If you send an e-mail and delay its delivery so that it will send itself 20 years from now, it stays in your outbox. Outlook will confirm you want to exit if you have e-mails remaining in your outbox.

Here's how.

1. Create a new e-mail

2. Put yourself in the "To:" box

3. Go to Options-> Delivery Delay

4. Set the "Do not deliver before" date to far into the future.

5. Click send and then try closing Outlook

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