Outlook – Close original message on reply or forward

When we get a email we would normally open the email read it and then reply. When the email is opened and you click the reply button to reply for it the mail that you have received will still be opened. You can manage if you are just going to do reply one email. But for multiple emails there would be lot of windows opened and closing each window is really a pain.

This option will make you life easier, when you open the email and click the reply/forward button the original message gets closed automatically. Listed below are steps to change message handling option in Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2007

Message handling in Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010

Step 1: Launch Outlook 2013/Outlook 2010 and click Options in file menu

Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010 Options

Step 2: In the Outlook Options window, click Mail tab.

Mail Options in Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010

Step 3: Scroll down to Replies and forwards section and mark the check box with caption as “Close original message window when replying or forwarding”

Close original message window in Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010

By this way you can change behaviour open windows while replying or forwarding a message in Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010.

Message handling in Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2007

Step 1: Open Microsoft Outlook 2007

Step 2:  Click Tools -> Options

Step 3:  You get the screen as shown below

Options in Outlook 2007

Step 4: Click E-mail Options and you get the screen as below

Message handling options in Outlook 2007

Step 6: Click the first check box, Close original message on reply or forward and ok

You are done; try how it works by opening an email press reply/forward button and you could see that the original message window getting closed.

Also See: Block emails based on subject in Outlook

In Category: MS Office, Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013

Ravi Shankar

A Software developer and blogger who is always looking to provide technical help to the wider community.

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