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

  1. Go to:

    • Tools > Options > Advanced E-mail Options (Outlook 2003)
    • Tools > Options > E-mail Options > Advanced E-mail Options (Outlook 2007)
  2. Untick Delete meeting request from Inbox when responding.

    2003/2007 screenshot

Outlook 2010, 2013 and 2016

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

  2. Scroll down and untick Delete Meeting Requests and Notifications from Inbox after Responding.

    2016 screenshot

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

  • I used your phrase "Delete meeting request from inbox when responding" to find this solution for Outlook 2010: officeusers.org/editorials/default.aspx?id=2770 Apr 28, 2011 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.
    – Gaff
    Apr 28, 2011 at 16:12

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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    Did not find that option on office.com in 2022. This might be the same option: All settings -> Calendar -> Events and invitations -> Delete invitations and responses that have been updated.
    – thomasa88
    Jan 18 at 16:04

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