How to stop Outlook automatically accepting calendar invites

Outlook has many features that have been added for the users assistance and organisation. One of those built-in default features is that it scans your emails to find any invites, meetings or events coming up and then adds them to your calendar. Although your information is not shared, Outlook uses this feature to keep you organised by adding the events to your calendar automatically. This may be a great function for some users, however, others may not like the constant reminders and the space it takes up on their calendar, especially if they use their calendar for a specific purpose only. In this blog post, I will be highlighting how to stop Outlook from automatically accepting calendar invites.


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Stop Outlook from automatically accepting calendar invites: 

  1. Sign in to Outlook using your credentials
  2. Click on ‘File’
  3. Select ‘Options’
  4. Click on the ‘Mail’ tab 
  5. Scroll down to ‘Tracking’
  6. Disable/ uncheck ‘Automatically process meeting requests and responses to meeting requests and polls’
  7. Click on ‘OK’

Why does Outlook calendar automatically accept calendar invites? 

The Outlook calendar is designed to organise all your daily, weekly and monthly calendars into one place by mainignand scheduling your taks, events, meetings and activities. It is also designed to save you time by tracking any repeated or recurring events you may have and adding them in automatically so you have to do it manually every time. 

In addition to this, there is another feature that is linked to the calendar that sends alert messages to the user’s inbox to notify them of upcoming events and meetings that are scheduled onto their calendar. This allows the user to keep track of time and meet deadlines. Although this feature is designed to keep the user organised and promote productivity, some users may not like this feature and instead, find it quite distracting. For those users, below is an easy to follow guide on how you can turn this feature off so that events and invites can no longer be automatically accepted.

Step by step process to Stop Outlook from automatically accepting calendar invites: 

  1. Sign in to Outlook using your credentials

For this tutorial, I will be signing in to Outlook using an example account 

  1. Click on ‘File’

From the panel at the top of the page, click on ‘File’

  1. Select ‘Options’

When the window for Account settings opens up, select ‘Options’ from the bottom left hand side of the window. 

  1. Click on the ‘Mail’ tab 

Once the options window has opened, select the ‘Mail’ tab from the left hand side

  1. Scroll down to ‘Tracking’

From the list of settings, scroll down to the settings for tracking.

  1. Disable/ uncheck ‘Automatically process meeting requests and responses to meeting requests and polls’

Click on the box for ‘Automatically process meeting requests and responses to meeting requests and polls’ to uncheck the option

  1. Click on ‘OK’

Finally, click ‘OK’ to apply the changes. Outlook will no longer be able to automatically add or accept calendar events.

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John Gleave

John Gleave has been a researcher, content writer, and senior editor at Business Tech Planet since 2022. John was formerly a data analyst and web designer with expertise in several programming languages, such as JavaScript, JQuery, PHP, CSS, SQL, and more! With a passion for writing and technology, he has now focused his skills on crafting tech guides for BTP. You can connect with John on LinkedIn.

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