Ctrl + Enter shortcut in Outlook

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What does Ctrl+Enter do in Outlook and why doesn’t it always work?

Ctrl + Enter can be a shortcut in Outlook to send a message after you’ve finished typing.

However Ctrl + Enter isn’t always available — in Outlook it can be turned off. That’s probably because people are accustomed to using it as a Page Break shortcut in Word. There’s a risk of people accidently sending emails when they didn’t intend to.


Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2007

The first time you press Ctrl+Enter when typing an email you’ll get this message.

Outlook - Ctrl and Enter shortcut query.jpg image from Ctrl + Enter shortcut in Outlook at Office-Watch.com

You have the choice to send the message or not.

Check the ‘Do not show this message again” box if you want your selection to work in the future.

If you want to change the action later, or see how its set, go to Options | Mail | Send Messages …

Outlook - change Ctrl and Enter setting.jpg image from Ctrl + Enter shortcut in Outlook at Office-Watch.com


Outlook 2003

The Ctrl + Enter option is available in Outlook 2003 and it is set ON by default.

To turn the shortcut off you have to dig in the registry.

The exact setting depends on whether you use Word as your email editor or the in-built Outlook editor. If you’re not sure, change both registry keys.


Word as email editor

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoft
Office11.0WordDisabledShortcutKeysCheckBoxes

Type: REG_SZ

Name: CtrlEnter

Value: 13,8


Outlook email editor

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoft
Office11.0OutlookDisabledShortcutKeysCheckBoxes

Type: REG_SZ

Name: CtrlEnter

Value: 13,8


Outlook 2002 (XP)

It’s almost the same for Outlook 2002 (Office XP) except the version number in the registry key changes:


Word as email editor

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoft
Office10.0WordDisabledShortcutKeysCheckBoxes

Type: REG_SZ

Name: CtrlEnter

Value: 13,8


Outlook email editor

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoft
Office10.0OutlookDisabledShortcutKeysCheckBoxes

Type: REG_SZ

Name: CtrlEnter

Value: 13,8

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