How to Change the Settings for Saving Sent Items in Outlook 2007

Microsoft Outlook 2007 saves a copy of every email message you send in the "Sent Items" folder by default. If you find that you do not need copies of your sent messages, you can turn this setting off. Likewise, if you would prefer Outlook to store sent email messages in a folder other than "Sent Items," you can change this setting as long as your account is on Microsoft Exchange Server or is an IMAP account.

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Stop Saving Sent Items

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Open Outlook 2007.

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Go to the "Tools" menu.

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Select "Options." The "Outlook Options" dialog box will open. Go to the "Preferences" tab.

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Click "Email Options." The "Email Options" dialog box will open.

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Clear the "Save Copies of Messages in Sent Items Folder" check box. Click "OK."

Change Sent Items Settings in an Exchange Account

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Open Outlook 2007.

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Go to the "Tools" menu and select "Options." The "Outlook Options" dialog box will open. Go to the "Preferences" tab.

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Click the "Email Options" button. The "Email Options" dialog box will open.

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Scroll down to the "Message Handling" section of the "Email Options" dialog box. Make sure the "Save Copies of Messages in Sent Items Folder" check box is selected.

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Click the "Advanced Email Options" button. Choose the folder in which you want to save sent items. Click "OK."

Change Sent Items Settings in an IMAP Account

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Open Outlook 2007. Go to the "Tools" menu and select Account Settings."

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Choose your email account and click the "Change" button. Click the "More Settings" button. the "Internet Email Settings" dialog box will open.

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Go to the "Folders" tab.

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Click "Choose an Existing Folder or Create a New Folder to Save Your Sent Items for This Account In."

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Click on a folder in which you want to save your sent items or click the "New Folder" button and make a new folder in which to save them. Click "OK."