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Attach email in outlook is very simple

Attach email in outlook

Sometimes it may be required to attach a previous email to your recipient as a reference. This is because you want to let your recipient know that you have not edited anything. Especially in your professional life, frequently you may need it. It is better than forwarding an email. You may be surprised when someone attaches an email in outlook and sends it to you. If you want to learn, keep continuing reading this content.

This content will show you three different methods to attach emails in Outlook.

Method one: Attach email in Outlook

This guideline is for
For Outlook 2013,2016,2019,2021 and Microsoft Ofice 365

First, open a new email where you want to attach the email. Now minimize that window. Goto inbox, right-click, and copy the desired email to be attached. Or select the email from your inbox and press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+C.

Then, Goto your new email message and paste it. You can right-click on the body of the email and select paste. Or you can press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+V.

Click Send when you’re finished.

For your better understanding, see the below screenshots.

attach email in Outlook
Image 01: right-click and copy the desired email to be attached
















paste email
Image 02: Paste over a new email message

Method two: Attach email in Outlook

For Outlook 2013,2016,2019,2021, Microsoft Ofice 365

This method is more simple and very easy to do.

Step one: open a new email where you want to attach the email. Cascade Outlook’s main and new email windows are on the same screen, just like the screenshot below.

Attach email in Outlook
Image 03: Outlook’s main and new email windows are on the same screen

Step two: Select the email you want to attach, drag it, and drop it to the new email message. The email will be attached in a new email. Very simple. Look at the below image; the email attachment is already done.

the email attachment is already done
Image 04: The email attachment is already done

Step 03: Click Send when you’re finished.

Method three: Attach email in Outlook

For Outlook 2013,2016,2019,2021, Microsoft Ofice 365

This is easier for all users. Do it in a single step only

Select the email you want to forward, then go to the Home tab. Select More>Forward as Attachment.

You will be done. See the screenshot below for your reference.

forward as attachment outlook 2021
Image 05: More>Forward as Attachment


The keyboard shortcut for any email attachment

You do not need to do anything if you know the keyboard shortcut for any email attachment during forwarding. Learning it and doing it using a keyboard shortcut is better. Just select the message in your inbox and press Ctrl+Alt+F. You are all done. No worries.

Comparison between email attaches & email forwarding

You can ask me which is a better solution, email attaches or email forward? I must say email attachment is better than anything. It serves the basic requirement of email forwarding.

You should understand why we are forwarding an email. When anyone asks you to forward an email from your inbox, he wants to read it as it is. He wants the email as a reference.

During forwarding, an email can be edited, so his requirement can not be fulfilled by a simple forwarding email.

On the other hand, while you are attaching an email, it can be sent to your recipient as it was. There is no chance of editing.

That’s why everybody loves to attach emails instead of forwarding emails in professional life.

Setup Outlook automatically forward email as an attachment

You can set up your Outlook automatically and forward all emails as attachments. If you are using Outlook 2010 and the above version, even Microsoft 365, you can follow the instructions below.

  1. Go to the File menu and click Option.
set up automatically email attachment
Image 06: File>Options

2. Select Mail and go to the Replies and forwards option. Click on when forwarding a message option.

Replies and forwards
Image 07: Mail>Replies and forwards

3. Select Attach Original Message Option from the drop-down menu and click OK.

Attachment as email
Image 08: Attach Original Messages

If you are using below Outlook 2010 version, let’s say Outlook 2007 or 2003 still, you can do the same but differently. Follow below steps.

Step one: Goto Tools>Options, Select Option.

Outlook 2007 email as attachment
Image 09: Tools>Options

Step two: In the options tab, go to Preferences, then Email Options.

outlook 2007 preferences tab
Image 10: Options>Preferences

Step three: You will get a new tab named Email Options. Go to replies and forwards, select Attach original message, and click OK.

Email Options outlook 2007
Image 11: E-mail Options>Attach Original Message













You are all done. All your forwarding messages will be attached automatically in Microsoft Outlook 2007 and 2003.

Thank You
Microsoft Outlook is an email client included in the MS Office package. From 1997 to now, its popularity has been growing, and no other application could not beat this product. Those who need to send emails should learn this application. If you are an employee, there is no other alternative to Microsoft Outlook. Thank you.

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