How to Deal with Draft E-Mails - dummies

By Dan Gookin

Most email clients feature folders into which you can stuff your email messages. The folders are named Inbox, Outbox, Sent, Deleted Items or Trash, Junk, and Drafts. It’s the Drafts mailbox that seems to vex many users. Don’t let it.

A draft is simply an email message you haven’t yet sent. It’s not the same thing as an email waiting to be sent. Nope, it’s an email message you close by choosing File→Save or closing the window rather than clicking the Send button. This act places the message into the Drafts folder.

You have three choices for dealing with messages in the Drafts folder:

Do nothing. This option is always a favorite, especially for elected officials.

Open the message and send it. It’s a simple solution: You open the message (double-click it in the Drafts folder), review it, edit it, and touch it up, and then click the Send button to zip the email along its merry way.

Delete the message. Click to select the message and then drag it to the Deleted Items or Trash mailbox.

That’s how to deal with your drafts.

  • Sometimes, the Drafts folder doesn’t show up until you create a draft email to put in it.

  • Messages can “suddenly appear” in the Drafts folder when you forget to send a message or you close the message window without sending. It happens. In fact, you may be surprised to find messages in your Drafts folder when you were double-dog certain that you had sent them.