How can you send an e-mail while you're out?
January 16, 2009 12:09 AM   Subscribe

Is there an easy way to arrange to send an e-mail at a particular time while I am away from my computer?

For work, five days a week, I need to send an e-mail every day between 8 and 10 PM. It's kind of a pain if I want to see a movie or a play or something. It's not difficult to write it in advance, but I cannot send it until after 8 if I do so.

I use gmail, from either Windows Internet Explorer or Mozilla, on a Windows XP system. Is there an easy way (and it needs to be very simple; I'm a bit of a Luddite, and do not even know if this is a no-brainer question or a complicated one) to set up an e-mail so that it will be sent automatically at a particular later time? It needs to be automatic, rather than through clever use of a cell phone or some such.
posted by kyrademon to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
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posted by seymour.skinner at 12:58 AM on January 16, 2009

LetterMeLater (which is the first Google result for "send scheduled mail").
posted by nicwolff at 1:00 AM on January 16, 2009

maybe a scheduled task via the Windows built in task scheduler, which runs a batch file, which sends the message via the mailto:// protocol?

Or, and this is a bit of a pain, but you could set up a client like thunderbird. In there, you can change the send/receive settings to only send/receive every x minutes, and to NOT send immediately. Set the delay to whatever you need, compose the message and hit send. It should then wait to do the send/receive until the appropriate time.
posted by gjc at 3:30 AM on January 16, 2009

If you are willing to use Outlook, it can do this. But then you'd be using Outlook.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 4:00 AM on January 16, 2009

you could also try the 'sendlater' and 'sendtools' add ons for Thunderbird.
posted by ezekieldas at 4:07 AM on January 16, 2009

Maybe you should use thunderbird with SendTools extension. You can send an email at a particular time.
posted by zouhair at 4:29 AM on January 16, 2009

Thirding TBird + SendTools.
posted by rokusan at 5:01 AM on January 16, 2009

Sendtools isn't compatible with Thunderbird 2.x.
posted by theichibun at 6:44 AM on January 16, 2009

RE: Sendtools isn't compatible with Thunderbird 2.x.

Please check all the comments on the Reviews for SendTools page.

This is a matter of changing the 'maxversion' in the install.rdf

That is, if you so choose to pursue this solution.
posted by ezekieldas at 8:26 AM on January 16, 2009

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