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Sometimes it would be nice to be able to set a draft to be published when I'm not in front of the keyboard. Is this possible? If so, how?

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up vote 12 down vote accepted

Since a picture is worth a thousand words:

1) Click "Edit" next to "Publish Immediately"

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2) Change the date

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3) Click "OK"

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Others gave good answers, but the pictures did it for me. Thanks! – mac9416 Aug 11 '10 at 22:21
over 2000 words for such a simple answer! – Thunder Rabbit Nov 19 '11 at 10:49

Absolutely. Above the publish button, where it says 'publish immediately', click edit and select the date/time you'd like it to publish. The buttons will say 'Schedule' after you save the new date.

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Just be forewarned that this setting can have some strange behavior over daylight savings :-) The post will save using the time settings of the day you wrote it, so when things update for daylight savings, it will shift by an hour either forwards or backwards. Not a huge issue ... but it's confused both me and my readers at least twice. – EAMann Aug 11 '10 at 20:01

See: Writing Posts (emphasis added):

To schedule a post for publication on a future time or date, click "Edit" in the Publish area next to the words "Publish immediately". You can also change the publish date to a date in the past to back-date posts. Change the settings to the desired time and date. You must also hit the "Publish" button when you have completed the post to publish at the desired time and date.

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Next to the post box, there is an 'edit' link next to the text 'Publish Immediately'. Click that edit link, and you'll be able to schedule the post date/time.

Edit: oops. posted just after John. Poor timing on my part1

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