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Is there an Outlook shutdown confirmation window?

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 ...

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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..

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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.

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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.

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Maybe a way.

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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

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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

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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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