I'm the "Organizer" of a recurring daily meeting (our daily stand up). I want to set my own status to "Not attending" for a specific instance and if possible (bonus) even remove that instance from my own calendar. I want to keep the recurring appointment itself, as I don't want to loose any instance changes I've made.

What I've tried (in addition to SU and Google searches) to find out how to do is are the basics obviously. First, I've meticulously gone through the relevant window:

Outlook meeting window

However, none of the buttons seems to do what I want. I'm expecting something similar to this piece of ribbon I have for meetings organized by others:

response options

Or, I'd also perhaps expect I could (right) click on my name or the icon in front of it.

Finally, as per the suggestions in the comments, I've looked to see if I could change the organizer of the specific instance so I could "decline" the meeting or have myself removed, but it seems you can't change the meeting organizer.

Perhaps this is just not possible? Does anyone know a way to do this?

  • Can you set other people as owner/organizer of the meeting (and then delete yourself)? I don't think you can remove yourself if you are the only organizer.
    – Darius
    Nov 28, 2014 at 2:45
  • @Darius Thanks for the suggestion. It seems you can't change the meeting organizer (at least I don't see any option for it). In any case, you did alert me I should update my question to specify it's about an instance of a recurring meeting (which may complicate things).
    – Jeroen
    Nov 28, 2014 at 6:42
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    You can make a separate Calendar and put your recurring meeting there to at least "hide" from your view.
    – Sun
    Dec 1, 2014 at 21:53

3 Answers 3


Meeting organizer is required to attend by default.

If you have an iPhone with iOS 7 or iOS 8, you can try to exploit a bug to make the meeting organizer optional.

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    Well, unfortunately your answer (i.e. "not possible") seems to be it. :'|
    – Jeroen
    Dec 2, 2014 at 6:54

Potential Workaround:

If your concern is to keep your calendar free during that time slot, you can set the "Show As" to "Free" on the meeting stub and your calendar will appear free during that time slot.

  • Do you know whether this "Show As" will affect other users of the event? Feb 9, 2022 at 18:42

Go in your calendar, right click on the recurrent meeting, select delete, evenet-do not send a response

  • Thx for the response. However, if I delete an event I'm organizing, it will cancel it for all users, non?
    – Jeroen
    Nov 15, 2019 at 15:00
  • @RoxanaPopa - evenet or event?
    – Ramhound
    Nov 15, 2019 at 16:30

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