How to backdate an email in Outlook?

Outlook users in a situation can recall the email very easily, if the recipient uses the same server, its normal, Is there any option to backdate an email in Outlook.

Almost every Outlook user encountered a situation where you forgot to send an important email on time to your client or Boss, which creates a question mark on your performance, the reason for the delay might be genuine, but you can’t explain.

There is a way, you can TRICK your recipient, you can send an email message, and it looks like it was sent (a day/hour) before.

There are tons of question and doubts clouding over your head:

  • How to predate an email?
  • Does your backdate email received on the same date or the current date of your recipient’s inbox?
  • What happens to your own send box?
  • Did you really trick with this process?

Before finding answers to these questions, Let’s understand, How to execute backdate an email in Outlook?

There is one thing common for every sender and recipient is time, when the sender creates an email message and send it, the recipient gets that email in this inbox (sometimes a few movements of delay).

If you modify or change your computer window time/date to when you want the mail to have been sent, you changed the normal scenario, which affects the timing of your email.

This process can help you trick your recipient backdate an email in Outlook.

How to make an email look like it was sent earlier?

I personally recommend you, avoid this kind of process, but will help a few employees, how are unable to meet the target on their deadline. So let’s begin with changing your time zone in the window.

  • Go to Time and Zone on your computer button right-hand side.
  • Click the Right mouse button and, Hit Adjust Time/Date.

adjust time and date

  • The next step is to disable the automatic time set, which opens up the manual option, hit change, from the manual time setup option.

window date and time

  • Change date and the time dialog box pops up, set your time and date to when you want the mail to have been delivered. >> Hit Change.

How to backdate an email in Outlook

  • It will change the window time frame.
  • The next step is to create your email message in outlook, as usual, you don’t have to worry about the date, just hit the Send button.

That’s it:

For instance:

  • I created an Email message on the current date (which I supposed to send two days back), and send to my Boss, When I checked my sent box, the date of that email is two days back. [Ref: Snap shot]

Test mail backdate an email on Outlook

Look like everything is set, but the question is How this email message react to your recipient?

Every hard work is useless if your recipient understands your strategy. So I connected one of my colleagues to give me the feedback (I just tried to crosscheck whether it’s working or not).

Here what I get from the colleague Inbox:

My colleague received in his inbox that email on the same day I send (i.e. 24th), while opening that specific mail it shows the date 22nd (that exact date which I have modified during sending the mail message). [Refer: Image], the difference is clear.

Here what I get from the colleague Inbox

Now your boss will never blame you or accuse you of any delay in email. The above-mentioned process is a time-consuming process, but at that moment, it is the only way to Edit or Changes the Date of Mail in Microsoft Outlook.

Outlook.com web-based service not allow the user to twist the date and time.

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