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How to forward an email as an attachment in Microsoft Outlook



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Instead of forwarding multiple emails individually, you can send them all at once as an attachment. You can do this with both the native Microsoft Outlook desktop client and the online web app. Here’s how to forward as attachments in both emails.

Before we begin, please note that this feature is not available in the Outlook mobile app for iPhone, iPad, or Android, or Outlook in mobile browsers.

Forward an email as an attachment using the Outlook desktop client

You can attach an email to a new email (or to an email you reply to) using Microsoft Outlook̵

7;s own desktop app for Windows and Mac.

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To do this, start “Outlook” and then select the email you want to forward as an attachment by clicking on it in the email list.

select email from the list in the Outlook app

Then, in the “Reply” group of the “Home” tab, click “More” and then select “Forward as Attachment” from the drop-down menu.

Forward as an attachment option in the response group

Once selected, a new compose window will appear with the previously selected email as an attachment.

Attached email in new message

If you want to reply to an email with another email as an attachment, click the email in the email list you want to reply to, then click the “Reply” button.

Reply to email button

Then drag the email you want to add to the body of the reply email from the list.

Click and drag email to the body of a new email

The email has now been added to the reply email.

Forward emails as attachments by default

If you want Microsoft Outlook to attach an email to a new email by default every time you click the “Forward” button of an email, just enable the setting.

Open the “Outlook” app on your computer and click the “File” tab.

File tab

Select “Options” in the left pane.

Options option

The “Outlook Options” window appears. Click here on the “E-mail” tab.

The E-mail tab in the Outlook Options window

Then select the arrow next to the “When forwarding a message” option in the “Reply and forward” section, then click “Attach original message” from the drop-down menu.

Please include the original message option when forwarding emails

Finally, select “OK” in the lower right corner of the window to apply the changes.

Okay button

The next time you click the “Forward” button in an email, a new email will appear with that email as an attachment.

Forward an email gif

If you’d rather use Outlook on the web instead of the native app, you can still forward emails as attachments, but the steps are a bit different.

Forward an email as an attachment using the Outlook web app

Unlike Microsoft Outlook’s desktop client, there are no clickable options for forwarding emails as attachments in the web app, but you can still do this using drag and drop.

Open your web browser, go to the Outlook website and then log in to your Outlook account. After logging in, you can either click on “New Message” in the top left corner of the window to compose a new email …

Create a new email button

… Or select an email to reply with an email as an attachment by clicking on the email and then choosing ‘Reply’.

Reply an email in Outlook steps

It doesn’t matter whether you reply to an email or create a new one, the next step is the same. Just find the email you want to add as an attachment in the emails list, then drag the email to the body of the new email.

GIF of attaching an email to another email in Outlook

All you need to do now is add the recipient (if it’s a new email), type a reply and send the message.


If you find yourself typing the same email over and over, you can always create an email template and use it to speed up the process.




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