We cannot accept all meeting invitations that come our way, so we decline them sometimes. However, this refusal or ignoring may look rude. Thanks to the email services like Microsoft Outlook, you can change your response. So, if you previously declined a meeting and decide it to join it later, you can do it. Let’s see how to accept a declined meeting invitation in Outlook!
Accept a previously declined meeting invitation in Outlook
When you refuse to attend a meeting, the original meeting request is sent to the Deleted Items folder. It’s not saved to your calendar. So, if you wish to Accept a previously declined meeting, you’ll have to go to the Deleted Items folder first.
- Open your Outlook account.
- Switch to the Deleted Items folder.
- Locate the meeting request.
- Double-click the meeting request under Deleted Items folder.
- Choose Accept or Tentative option.
It is important to note here that if the Deleted Items folder has been emptied, the Accept and Tentative options will not be visible to you and you’ll not be able to accept the meeting invitation, previously declined. You’lll need to Ask the meeting organizer to forward you the original meeting request.
How do I accept a meeting invitation in Outlook, declined previously?
Open your Microsoft Outlook Mail app.
Switch to the Deleted Items folder in the Folder Pane. If your Folder Pane isn’t visible, hit the View tab.
Then, move to the Layout section. Click the Folder Pane drop-down menu and choose Normal from the list of options displayed therein.
Now, look for the original meeting request under the Deleted folder.
When found, right-click the original meeting request and select the Accept or Tentative option.
How do I see who declined a meeting in Outlook?
Switch to Show group, choose the Meeting tab under it and hit the Tracking button to see a list of attendees and their response. Note – you can find who declined a meeting in Outlook only if you are the organizer of the meeting as Tracking button is visible only to the organizer.
When accepting a meeting invitation What happens if you click Do not send a response?
In such a case, Microsoft Outlook will record your meeting response in your calendar but will not send an email with your response to the organizer of the meeting.
That’s all there is to it!