- forward an email as an attachment

Did you know that you can forward an email as an attachment in Outlook? It’s a great time-saving hack that stops you from forwarding several emails one at a time.

The hack works on both Microsoft Outlook’s desktop client and web app but isn’t available in the Outlook mobile app for iOS or Android.

Let’s get right into it. Here’s how to forward an email as an attachment in Outlook.

Send an email as an attachment using Microsoft Outlook’s desktop client

You can attach an email to either a new email or an email you’re replying to. Here’s how:

  1. Open Outlook. Click the email in your inbox you want to attach and forward.
  2. In the Respond group of the Home tab, select More. Then, click Forward As Attachment.
  3. A new window will appear, and you’ll see the email you selected as an attachment.

If you need to reply to an email with an email attached, follow these instructions:

  1. Open Outlook. Click the email in your inbox you’d like to respond to.
  2. Select Reply.
  3. Drag and drop the email you want to attach from your inbox to the reply email.
  4. You’ll see the email you dragged as an attachment.

Finally, if you want Outlook to attach an email to a new email every time you click Forward, you can change a setting to automate the process:

  1. Open Outlook. Click the File tab.
  2. On the left-hand menu, click Options.
  3. The Outlook Options window will pop up. Select the Mail tab.
  4. Navigate to the Replies and Forwards section. Click the arrow next to When Forward a Message, and select Attach Original Message from the drop-down menu.
  5. Click OK in the bottom-right-hand corner of the Outlook Options window to save your changes.

Send an email as an attachment using Microsoft Outlook’s web app

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If you use Outlook’s web app, forwarding an email as an attachment works a little differently. The web app doesn’t have a clickable option for forwarding emails as attachments, but the drop-and-drag method works.

Here’s a step-by-step breakdown:

  1. Head to the Outlook website and log in.
  2. Click New Message in the top-left-hand corner to create a new email. Or, if you’d like to attach an email to a reply, select the email you want to reply to and click Reply.
  3. Find the email you’d like to attach to either your new email or reply email. Then, drag and drop the email into the body of your new email.
  4. You’ll see the email you dragged as an attachment.

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