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Hi, Leo! My question is: when I click Shut Down on my computer, it states, "Waiting for Microsoft Outlook to close." Why is this when Outlook isn't running at all. I didn't open it.
In this excerpt from Answercast #9, I take a look to see if Outlook might be running if you haven't started it or if it is set as your default program and sneaking in when you don't know it.
If you are absolutely certain that you're not running Outlook, I would check your auto start programs for two things:
Some versions of Office are configured to run every time you login. As a result, it can load up a number of Microsoft Office programs that you aren't expecting.
Another thing that can cause Outlook to run when you don't expect is if you click on links on web pages that attempt to send mail.
This will fire up your current email program (whatever Windows thinks is your current email program) and give you the form that you fill in to send a piece of email.
The problem is that Outlook, if you run it even once, seems to set itself as the default program for sending email. So, if for whatever reason Outlook gets run, from there on (unless you take additional actions), Outlook will be the program that gets run when you click on a link in a web page that is attempting to send email.
So, by and large, Outlook shouldn't run if you're not it telling it to run, but it does have a history of kind-of sneaking in in some other interesting ways.
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