How to Recall Meeting Invite in Outlook: A Step-by-Step Guide

Accidentally sent out a meeting invite too early or to the wrong people? No worries, recalling a meeting invite in Outlook is a breeze. Just follow a few simple steps, and you’ll have that invite back in no time. Let’s get started.

Step by Step Tutorial: How to Recall a Meeting Invite in Outlook

Before we dive into the steps, let’s understand what we’re about to do. Recalling a meeting invite in Outlook means we are going to retract the invitation we sent out. It’s like taking back an email you didn’t mean to send. Here’s how you do it:

Step 1: Open the Sent Items Folder

Open the folder where your sent emails are stored. This is typically the ‘Sent Items’ folder.

When you send out a meeting invite, it’s stored in the ‘Sent Items’ folder just like any other email. You’ll need to find the invite here to begin the recall process.

Step 2: Double-Click the Meeting Invite

Find and double-click on the meeting invite you wish to recall.

By double-clicking the invite, you’ll open it up to view more options. This is necessary to move forward with the recall.

Step 3: Click the ‘Actions’ Button

Once the meeting invite is open, look for the ‘Actions’ button in the top menu bar and click it.

The ‘Actions’ button might be hidden under a menu, so if you don’t see it right away, look for a drop-down menu that might contain it.

Step 4: Select ‘Recall This Message…’

From the ‘Actions’ menu, select the ‘Recall This Message…’ option.

This is the option that will start the recall process. It’s important to note that this feature works best if the recipient hasn’t opened the invite yet.

Step 5: Choose Recall Options and Click ‘OK’

You’ll be given two options: ‘Delete unread copies of this message’ or ‘Delete unread copies and replace with a new message.’ Choose your preferred option and click ‘OK.’

If you choose to replace the message, you’ll be prompted to write a new invite. If you’re just deleting, the invite will simply be retracted.

After completing these steps, the meeting invite will be recalled. If the process is successful, the invite will no longer appear in the recipient’s inbox if they haven’t read it yet.

Tips: How to Recall a Meeting Invite in Outlook

  • Always double-check the list of recipients before sending out a meeting invite to avoid having to recall it later.
  • Act quickly if you need to recall a message; the sooner you do it, the less likely the recipient is to have read it.
  • Keep in mind that the recall feature may not work if the recipient is using a different email client or has already opened the message.
  • If you’re unable to recall the meeting invite, consider sending a follow-up message to explain the mistake and provide correct details.
  • Remember that recalling a message is not foolproof; it’s always best to prevent mistakes when possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I recall a meeting invite if the recipient has already read it?

If the recipient has already read the invite, the recall will not work, and they will still have access to the original message.

Will the recipient know I attempted to recall the invite?

The recipient may receive a notification that you attempted to recall the message depending on their settings and email client.

What if the recall option is not available?

The recall feature is specific to Outlook and may not be available in all versions or configurations. If you don’t see the option, you may not be able to recall the message.

Can I recall a meeting invite from someone’s calendar?

If the invite has been accepted and added to the recipient’s calendar, recalling the email won’t remove the event from their calendar. You’ll need to cancel the event separately.

Is there a limit to how many invites I can recall?

There is no limit to how many invites you can attempt to recall, but it’s best to use this feature sparingly and as a last resort.


  1. Open the ‘Sent Items’ folder.
  2. Double-click the meeting invite.
  3. Click the ‘Actions’ button.
  4. Select ‘Recall This Message…’
  5. Choose recall options and click ‘OK’.


Recalling a meeting invite in Outlook might seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite simple when you know the steps. Whether you’ve sent an invite prematurely or to the wrong group of people, the recall feature is a handy tool to correct the mistake. Remember to act quickly, as the recall is more likely to be successful if the recipient hasn’t opened the invite yet. It’s also worth noting that while recalling can save you from a blunder, it’s not a guaranteed fix, and the best approach is always to double-check your invites before hitting send. For more information on how to effectively manage your Outlook calendar and invites, consider exploring additional resources or reaching out to an IT professional for personalized assistance. Happy scheduling!