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    Expire E-Mail (Outlook 2003 - On Exchange Server)

    I am attaching a set of directions I am trying to follow below in order to make an email I send to someone expire (poof, disappear) on their machine after a certain time. Granted I have found that my exchange server is ahead of me (clock wise by 5.5 minutes and I am allowing for this lead time)...but even after 15 minutes of waiting...the email still exists on the recipients machine if they OPENED it. If it WAS NEVER OPENED on the recipients machine, then the email does not self-destruct...what good is that?

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    SUMMARY: Give your confidential e-mail an expiration date with Outlook 2003.

    There may be circumstances where you want your e-mail inaccessible, or expired, after a certain date or time. Perhaps the information is confidential or private, and you want to help ensure the e-mail doesn't accidentally get viewed by others. To do so:

    1. Start composing an e-mail message.
    2. Click the "Options" button.
    3. When the "Options" dialog appears, check "Expires after".
    4. In the next two pull-downs, select the date and time when you want the e-mail to expire.
    5. Click "OK".

    Note that this will only work for those who use Outlook 2003; send e-mail to other users and their e-mail software may not expire the e-mail. Also note this is not fool-proof; there are ways recipients can copy the e-mail to their hard drive without the information being deleted. However, this expiring technique may work well in some circumstances.

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    Re: Expire E-Mail - RESOLVED by poster

    Okay, again I find I've resolved it myself, and will post the results I learned.

    If a message is irrelevant after a certain point in time, and you do not want the recipients to receive it, the message can be set to expire.

    If this message is received before the expiration time, it will be treated as usual until reaching the expiration date/time. Upon reaching the expiration date/time, the message will turn gray and there will be a line through it. However, if the recipient does not check his or her email until after the expiration time, the message will not be received.

    So it's not meant to just go "poof" after a short period of time...which I thought was possibly the niftiest little trick I ever saw. It's meant to go "poof" should the recipient NEVER open it and may be away on vacation or something...shoot by the time they come back, the email will be gone as if you never sent it, as had they been there to recieve it the contents would have been relevant at the time....because they were not, the email went past it's relevancy period and disintigrated. Still kind of cool...just not what I thought the purpose was originally for.

    Hope that helps someone else with the same problem.
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