Why are my emails going to Outbox and not Sending?

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How often does your email go into Outbox instead of the Sent folder? If you are having this problem, then you should read this article.

Email is an especially important part of our lives. We send messages to friends and family, receive them from them, and even get notifications from apps. Most of us rely heavily on email to stay connected with everyone.

However, sometimes, things don’t turn out the way we want them to. Sometimes, we accidentally delete or forward an email without realizing it. This happens because we are using the wrong settings.

Microsoft Outlook users most of the time encounter an issue that the Email is stuck in Outbox, it can be a real pain and may prevent you from sending and receiving other emails as well.

In this article, you will learn and get a solution – Why is my email getting stuck in the outbox? & How to fix email stuck in Outbox?

Why are emails stuck in Outbox?

Here in Outlook, there are multiple reasons and the majority of that is due to minor changes. You create an email and click the send button, as usual, assume that your email was sent to the desired person until you get updated from the recipient, or check yourself that your mail is still in the outbox.

The most common cases for your emails get stuck in Outlook Outbox.

  • Oversize attachments attached with the email are technically unable to send the Emails and the message gets stuck due to large attachments.
  • The server hit offline mode even if you are connected.
  • Programed to scan outgoing mails by antivirus programs.
  • Outlook SMTP server settings may be incorrect.
  • Restart Outlook.

Try re-sending

Before exploring technical reasons, you can manually resend the mail resting in the outbox, Open Outbox >> Click Outbox >> Select the mail in the Outbox >> Click Send/Receive all folders.

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How to Send Email that got stuck in Outlook Outbox?

If you are curious and facing the same issue, repeatedly, you can read this article in detail to get the major reasons with a solution to prevent this from happening in the future.

The above major issue is not so technical, they all are easy to cure. Let’s see how to resolve it easily. Here are step-by-step detailed illustrated solutions.

Outlook Is Working Offline – How to Fix

Even if you are connected to the internet, Outlook is working offline, how to enable it online? To switch from the offline to the online mode.

  • Click Send/Receive tab >> Click Work offline. – Outlook automatically switches the offline mode to online and vice versa.

Outlook Is Working Offline

IMAP error 0x800CCC0E in Outlook – How to fix it?

If you receive an error message while you try to send the email, that means your outlook is not connected to the internet. You can work easily send your mail and the same are saved in outlook until you get back your connection.

Outlook connection status

You can check the right-hand corner of Outlook, and the status of the connection is visible. If the status is disconnected, check the internet connection, and fix it.

If you are connected the challenge, is, that you must find out the different issues.

Delay delivery in the outlook for all emails

The Delay delivery option is designed for the user to keep a barricade, Email is scheduled to send to the recipient in a particular time frame.

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Under this scenario, our message will be quarantined in the outbox until the activation time kisses the board. You can uncheck the option to clear the delay delivery rule.

Is the message being slowed down by a large attachment?

Outlook sends emails on a first come first-out basis, sometimes a large attachment email slows down the speed of the internet, and the remaining message in the queue still waiting for their turn.

Huge attachment email blocking all subsequent emails from sending, outgoing emails listed as queued in my outbox.

There are two alternatives.

  • To delete an email stuck in Outbox
  • To remove/resize the attachment

To delete an email stuck in Outbox – Stop outlook from executing the pending emails like on the outbox, click send, receive, and click work offline to prevent message to bow out from the folder, select the email and click right and delete the mail.

To remove/resize the attachment – Repeat the above, method til right-click, and select Move from the context menu, and then choose Other Folder > Drafts, now you again edit & resize the attachment.

Restart Microsoft Outlook

One of the simplest, easiest, and quickest ways to release emails stuck in outbox outlook is to open the message in the Outbox with a double click and close it again.

Now select the message and press DELETE or move it to your Drafts folder if you want to resent it.

Check your fetch password

A recent change in your password directly affects your outlook account, you will have to update the password to get rid of the Outlook message stuck in the Outbox issue.

  • Go to File Tab >> Click Info >> Select Account setting >> Account setting

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  • The account setting dialog box appears, select your account, and click change to change the password.

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Final Words

In conclusion, if you are attempting to send an email from an email application, and it gets stuck in the Outbox, you can resend the email.

The above causes in majority of cases the biggest reason for this problem, you can follow the instruction and go through it.

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