How to Apply an Expiration Date to a Message in MS Outlook XP

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To apply an expiration date to a message in MS Outlook XP:

  1. Right-click the message to which the expiration date should be applied.
  2. Select Options in the popup menu.
  3. Message options in Outlook XP
  4. Look for the Delivery options header, and click the Expires after field.
  5. Click the down arrows to specify the date and time after which the message should expire.
  6. Message expiration date
  7. Click the Close button.
  8. Outlook might ask you to save the changes to the message, so click Yes.

When the expiration date passes, the message header will be shown as strikethrough to indicate the expiration. The recipient will know that the message is no longer relevant or valid. The message can still be opened as normal though.

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