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Is there a setting so that when an Outlook meeting invitation is accepted the invitation is not automatically removed from the Inbox? I often accept invitations and then realize that I needed some information about them. It would make it easier if they stayed in the Inbox and behaved more like everything else in the Inbox.

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Yes, it's a configurable option in Outlook.

Outlook 2003 and 2007

Tools > Options > Advanced E-mail Options (2003)
Tools > Options > E-mail Options > Advanced E-mail Options (2007)

Untick Delete meeting request from Inbox when responding.

2003/2007 screenshot

Outlook 2010 and 2013

Go to the File tab and click Options. Select the Mail tab in the left pane.

Untick Delete Meeting Requests and Notifications from Inbox after Responding.

2010 screenshot

Now when you accept a meeting invitation it should keep the original mail in the inbox.

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I used your phrase "Delete meeting request from inbox when responding" to find this solution for Outlook 2010: – Leigh Riffel Apr 28 '11 at 16:00
Ah, apologies, I forgot that things moved about in 2010 because of the ribbon. I'll edit the answer above to include 2010 details as well. – 8088 Apr 28 '11 at 16:12
Excellent Answer (+1). – Leigh Riffel Apr 28 '11 at 18:21

On Outlook online, go to Options -> All Options -> Settings -> Calendar, then uncheck "Delete meeting requests and responses that have been updated" then press save.

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