Microsoft Outlook Tutorial: Respond With A Meeting Request


Microsoft Outlook Tutorial: How To Respond to an Email Message With a Meeting Request

Most of us know how to send an email in Microsoft Outlook. But do you really know how to use those other features and functions that Outlook provides?

Let’s say a co-worker sends you and the other management staff an email about the sales team, and you would like to set a meeting about it. Microsoft Outlook allows you to reply to the email message with a meeting request, without forcing you to leave your inbox and open your Calendar. When you respond to a message with Meeting Reply, a meeting request is created with everyone who was on the To line in the original message invited as Required Attendees, and everyone on the Cc line is invited as an “optional attendee”.

Microsoft Outlook gives you a few different options for replying to an email message with a meeting request. Try them out and choose your favorite!

Option 1: Reading Pane View

The Reading Pane is the window in Microsoft Outlook where you can preview a message/item without opening it. To display the message in the reading pane, simply click on the message. When the message is in the reading pane, open the Home tab, in the Respond group, click Meeting.

Option 2: Navigation Pane View

The Navigation Pane is a column that provides access to folders used to organize your information. Click a folder to show the items it contains. It also includes the Favorite Folders section and buttons to switch between Mail, Calendar, Tasks and other views. In the Reading Pane, click the message that you would like to create a meeting reply to and drag it to the Calendar tab in the, or to the calendar on the To-do Bar.

Option 3: Opened Message

In an open (double clicked) message, on the Message tab, in the Respond group, click Meeting.

Enter the location and start and end times as you do in any meeting request. You can also add or remove attendees, use Scheduling Assistant to find the best meeting time, or add attachments.


  • The original email message is included in the body of the meeting request.
  • A message list is the middle part of the main Outlook window that displays the contents of the selected folder. If your message list is arranged by conversation, the meeting request created by using Meeting Reply is associated with the original conversation

The Meeting Reply feature is also available to respond to an assigned task. Because the feature has many of the same behaviors as Reply All, it can also be applied to sent messages.

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