Updated: 12/20/2017 by Computer Hope
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An outbox is the location or folder where e-mail is stored before being sent. Below is a short list of reasons why the outbox is used.

Reasons for the outbox

  1. Allows an e-mail to be composed and stored even if there is no Internet connection. Once the computer's connection is restored, all e-mails in the outbox are sent automatically.
  2. Gives the user time to review, edit, and delete messages before they are sent.
  3. Allows the user to respond to all their e-mails in bulk, which helps prevent interruptions.

Once e-mail is sent, if your e-mail program or service has a Sent items folder, it's moved from the outbox to the Sent items.

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