Ever hit CTRL-ENTER by mistake while composing an email in Outlook and wondered what the heck happened? Well, here's the answer. CTRL-ENTER is the not-so-helpful shortcut key for 'Send my email immediately even though I've not yet finished typing it'. Which explains why your email instantly disappears into the cyber-ether whenever your press these two keys simultaneously. And which, of course, is helpful if you want to send your email at that precise moment in time, but a great big pain in the elbow if you don't.
Fortunately, a solution is at hand. You can disable CTRL-ENTER in Word by adding the following registry keys:
Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook\DisabledShortcutKeysCheckBoxesString Value: CtrlEnterValue Data: 13,8
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\DisabledShortcutKeysCheckBoxesString Value: CtrlEnterValue Data: 13,8
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Or just turn on spellcheck before sending. should be on in most cases anyway.
Switch on spell check? Yes, that's a good tip but only if your spelling or typing is so bad that you always make mistakes! Or I guess you could create a standard email template that contains a typo in the first line so your spellcheck always catches a rogue CTRL-ENTER. But that seems like an odd work-around to solve such a common problem. I think disabling CTRL-ENTER or using my 1 minute delay trick at http://blogs.technet.com/usefultechnology/archive/2005/07/01/407162.aspx are safer solutions. But, beware! Disabling CTRL-ENTER as in this tip does stop you adding Page Breaks using this shortcut while working in Word. After CTRL-ENTER is disabled you have to use Word's Insert menu to add page breaks. This can be time-consuming in a long document so think about this before deploying this registry change.
I can NOT thank-you enough for this "patch" -- my solution was to NEVER address the email until I was finished with creating the document.
Only, when I was pleased -- would I address before sending! I obvoiusly, like your solution better!
*sigh* I reposted this solution -- but my readers had a problem. THEY were not using the Office Policies and did NOT have this registry entry!
The average user will only have:
And will need to create ALL THREE OF THESE!
I've previously posted about Outlook's annoying Ctrl-Enter shortcut which instantly sends your email,...