How to Create Polls in Outlook 2007

by Chris Loza

Outlook 2007 has the option to create voting buttons to be included in an email. It has preset values and also an option to customize the poll choices. When you send a message with vote buttons to multiple recipients, they only need to click one of the voting options and Outlook will automatically send the reply and track their responses for you. You will be able to see how many of them voted for one option and how many chose the other options. The poll feature is only available if you have a Microsoft Exchange Server 2000, Exchange Server 2003, or Exchange Server 2007 account.

Open Microsoft Outlook 2007 and click "New Message."

Enter a subject for your message and add recipients in the "To:" field.

Go to the "Options" tab and click "Use Voting Buttons" under the "Tracking" group.

Choose one of the preset voting buttons: "Approve;Reject," "Yes;No," "Yes;No;Maybe" or click "Custom" to create your own options. Choosing "Custom" opens the "Messaging Options" window, where you can type the options for the poll in the text box beside the field labeled "Use voting buttons." Separate the options with semicolons.

Click "Close."

Finalize your message and click "Send."


You can track the responses when you go to your "Sent Items" folder and open the email message you sent. At least one recipient must vote so that a result will show up in the poll.

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