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You can send a meeting request to one or more people. Outlook reserves time on your calendar for the meeting and tracks who accepts the invitation. When you create a meeting request, you can add attachments, set a location, request in-person attendance, and use the Scheduling Assistant to choose the best time for your meeting.

Important: Steps may be different between new and classic Outlook for Windows. To determine which version of Outlook you're using, look for File on the ribbon. If there's no File option, follow the steps under the New Outlook tab. If the File option appears, select the tab for Classic Outlook.

  1. From the  calendar, select New Event.

  2. Add a title for your meeting.

  3. Select  The "Invite attendees" icon.Invite attendees, then enter names of individuals to invite to the meeting.

  4. Select a suggested time slot for the meeting, or manually enter a date and start and end times.

  5. Enter a meeting location, and Slide the Teams meeting toggle left or right as appropriate:

    Slide the Teams Meeting toggle control rightward to turn on that option.

  6. Select Send to deliver the invitation.

Schedule a meeting

  1. Create a meeting request in one of the following ways:

    • From the Inbox, select New Items > Meeting or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Q.

      To schedule a meeting, on the Home tab, in the New group, choose New Items, and then Meeting.

    • From the calendar, select New Meeting or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Q.

      New Meeting command on the ribbon

    • From an email message in the Inbox, select the Reply with Meeting button.

      From an email message, select reply wtih meeting.
  2. Add attendees in one of two ways:

    • Add your attendees to the To line of the meeting request and skip to step 4.

    • If you're using a Microsoft 365 or an Exchange account, use the Scheduling Assistant to see attendee schedules.

  3. In the Scheduling Assistant, either click the box under your name and type an attendee's name or email address or click the Add Attendees button to bring up your address book.

    Click the icon next to the attendee's name in the Scheduling Assistant to mark a specific attendee as a Required Attendee ,Optional Attendee, or a Resource. When you start typing a attendee's name, Outlook will provide suggestions for you based on the people you've met with or emailed recently. Choose a name from the list to add an attendee.

    You can mark attendees as required or optional.
  4. Add a meeting subject, start time and end time, and location.

    In Outlook 2016 (or newer) and Outlook for Microsoft 365, you can start typing a location's name, for example, Fourth Coffee Shop or Conference Room 23, and Outlook will look for location matches. Select one of the suggestions to choose that location, or continue typing to enter another location.

    Tip: If you use a Microsoft Exchange account or Microsoft 365 email account, click Scheduling Assistant, then click Room Finder to check availability and reserve rooms. For more information, see Use the Scheduling Assistant and Room Finder for meetings in Outlook.

  5. To attach a file to a meeting request, on the Insert menu, select Attach File, then choose the file you want to add.

  6. If you don't want to make this a recurring meeting, click Send. Otherwise, see Make a meeting recurring.

Use Outlook Mobile together with Outlook for PC for additional features. If you use Outlook for iOS, your mobile device can remind you when you need to leave to make it to your appointments on time.

Turn on Time To Leave

  1. From Outlook for iOS, select Settings > Time To Leave.

  2. Select a supported account, then use the slider to enable Time To Leave.

Note: Time To Leave is not yet available for Outlook for Android. Only Microsoft 365,, and some Gmail accounts are supported.

Prevent attendees from forwarding a meeting

If you're using Microsoft 365, when you create a meeting request, you can prevent meeting attendees from forwarding the meeting request to other people. This new option is available to Current Channel customers after upgrading to Version 1808.

  • Before you send the meeting request, select Response Options > Allow Forwarding to toggle the ability for attendees to forward a meeting request.

See Prevent forwarding of a meeting to learn more.

  1. Click Meeting > Recurrence.

    Recurrence command on the ribbon

    Note: Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+G to schedule the meeting to repeat regularly.

  2. Choose the options for the recurrence pattern you want, and then click OK.

    Note: When you add a recurrence pattern to a meeting request, the Meeting tab changes to Meeting Series.

  3. To send the meeting request, click Send.

Add a person to an existing meeting

You can add another attendee to an existing meeting.

If you're the meeting owner:

  1. Double-click to open the meeting, then use the To line or the Scheduling Assistant to add one or more people to the meeting.

  2. Click Send and then select one of the following:

    • Send updates only to added or deleted attendees.

    • Send updates to all attendees.

If you're not the meeting owner

  1. Open the meeting request. In the Respond group on the ribbon, select Respond, then Forward. Add one or more recipients to the meeting request.

  2. Click Send. The meeting owner will receive notification that you've forwarded the meeting request to another person. For more information, see Forward a meeting.

End meetings early

If you're using Outlook for Microsoft 365, you can now have Outlook end your meetings a few minutes early. This can help you build in travel time between meetings. You can choose a different duration for meetings under one hour and meetings over one hour.

  1. Select File > Options > Calendar > Calendar options

  2. Check the End appointments and meetings early checkbox.

    Calendar options dialog box with End appointments and meetings early check box selected
  3. Use the drop-downs to select the number of minutes for meetings less than one hour and one hour or longer, then click OK.

Symptom: Meeting Organizer appears twice in Scheduling Assistant only when an Attendee views a meeting from Outlook.

Cause: This issue occurs if the following conditions are true:

  1. Organizer sends meeting invitation to at least 2 or more attendees.

  2. Attendee accepts the invite.

Resolution: You can ignore the duplicate Organizer appearing in Scheduling Assistant.

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