Yet more on disabling CTRL+Enter in Outlook


In tribute to the insightful but sadly anonymous comment on my recent blog entry about disabling the CTRL+Enter shortcut ("u have way too much time on your hands if things like this bother you"), here is yet another solution to this minor annoyance 😉


One route is to add a macro to prompt you whenever you send an email. Something like this should do it:



Private Sub Application_ItemSend(ByVal Item As Object, Cancel As Boolean)
  Cancel = (MsgBox("OK to send?", vbOKCancel + vbMsgBoxSetForeground, "Your email is on its way!") = vbCancel)
End Sub


And as previously posted in Exchange Server 2007 the administrator can disable the shortcut by using the group policy control shown below:


Disabling CTRL-Enter through Policy


Sadly, and contrary to my anonymous commentee's suggestion, I don't have too much time on my hands. Which explains why I'm always looking for ways to improve my work productivity. And happy to share my findings with my readers through this blog.


Now what on earth am I going to do to fill the rest of the day?

Comments (4)

  1. anon says:

    I actually like this feature …and ctrl+enter is surely not that easy a combination to hit by accident?  

    As I have ‘always check spelling before sending’ set and my typing accuracy is abysmal I always have a brake on premature sending anyway.

    I’m not sure how much of the user community is screaming for this functionality it seems somewhat insignificant to expend so much effort on.

  2. Blake Handler says:

    Ever since I "borrowed" your Ctrl+Enter tip for my blog, I’ve received MANY emails of thanks . . . so I know you’re not wasting your time (that much).

    But . . . how do you use the Macro above?

  3. skippy says:

    My issue with Ctrl_Enter is that I use it extensively when typing messages in my Instant Messanger – to create New Lines.  So I get in the habit of hitting ctrl-enter – where in Outlook just Enter would do – but by the time I realize my mistake my partially typed email is gone….

    Thx for the tip.

  4. Allister_Frost says:

    My typing is as fast as it it clumsy so I frequently fnid myself hitting CTRL-Enter by mistake. This happens because I use CTRL-Backspace and CTRL-Delete very regularly to delete whole words at a time and both of these combinations are perilously close to CTRL-Enter on the keyboard. That’s why I’m always pleased to find ways to prevent CTRL-Enter from ruining my day!

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