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How to keep attachments when replying in Outlook?

When we forward an email message in Microsoft Outlook, original attachments in this email message are remained in the forwarded message. However, when we reply an email message, the original attachments will not be attached in the new reply message. Here we are going to introduce a couple of tricks about keeping original attachments when replying in Microsoft Outlook.

Reply with attachments by manually copying and pasting

Reply with attachments automatically by VBA

One click to reply with attachments with Kutools for Outlook


Easily reply email with original attachments in Outlook

Kutools for Outlook's Reply with Attach utility can help you easily reply a received email with it's original attachments. Please select the email you want to reply with its attachments, and click Kutools > Reply with Attachment > Reply with Attachment. see following screenshot:

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Reply with attachments by manually copying and pasting

We can manually copy original attachments in an email messages, and paste them in the Reply Message window when we reply the email message later.

Step 1: Click the email message to preview it in the Reading Pane.

Step 2: Right click one attachment in the previewing email message, and select the Select All from the right-clicking menu.

Step 3: Right click the selected attachments, and select the Copy from the right-clicking menu.

Step 4: Reply the email message with clicking the Reply button on the Home tab (or on the Toolbar in Outlook 2007).

Step 5: In the Replying message window, click the Paste button on the Message tab to paste these attachments.

If you are using Outlook 2013, click the Pop Out at the upper-left corner of Reading Pane to release the Replying message window. Click to know more…

Step 6: Compose the replying message, and Click the Send button.


Reply with attachments automatically by VBA 

There is a VBA macro that can help you reply with original attachments automatically.

Note: Before you run any VBA macros, you need to enable macros in Microsoft Outlook.

Step 1: Select the email message that you will reply with its attachments.

Step 2: Press the Alt + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

Step 3: Expand the Project1 and Microsoft Outlook Objects in the left bar, and double-click the ThisOutlookSession to open it.

Step 4: Paste the following code into the ThisOutlookSession window.

Sub RunReplyWithAttachments()
Dim oReply As Outlook.MailItem
Dim oItem As Object
Set oItem = GetCurrentItem()
If Not oItem Is Nothing Then
Set oReply = oItem.Reply
CopyAttachments oItem, oReply
oReply.Display
End If
Set oReply = Nothing
Set oItem = Nothing
End Sub
Sub RunReplyAllWithAttachments()
Dim oReply As Outlook.MailItem
Dim oItem As Object
Set oItem = GetCurrentItem()
If Not oItem Is Nothing Then
Set oReply = oItem.ReplyAll
CopyAttachments oItem, oReply
oReply.Display
End If
Set oReply = Nothing
Set oItem = Nothing
End Sub
Function GetCurrentItem() As Object
On Error Resume Next
Select Case TypeName(Application.ActiveWindow)
Case "Explorer"
Set GetCurrentItem = Application.ActiveExplorer.Selection.Item(1)
Case "Inspector"
Set GetCurrentItem = Application.ActiveInspector.CurrentItem
End Select
End Function
Sub CopyAttachments(oSourceItem, oTargetItem)
Set oFso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set fldTemp = oFso.GetSpecialFolder(2) 'Temporary Folder
sPath = fldTemp.Path & "\"
For Each oAtt In oSourceItem.Attachments
sFile = sPath & oAtt.FileName
oAtt.SaveAsFile sFile
oTargetItem.Attachments.Add sFile, , , oAtt.DisplayName
oFso.DeleteFile sFile
Next
Set fldTemp = Nothing
Set oFso = Nothing
End Sub

Step 5: Press the F5 key to run this macro.

Then it opens the Replying message window with attaching all of original attachments.

Step 6: Compose the replying message, and click Send button.

Notes: If there are pictures existing in your email body, the pictures will be added to the attached field with the original attachments after applying this VBA code.


Reply with attachments automatically with Kutools for Outlook (just one click)

The Reply with Attach utility of Kutools for Outlook can help you to reply emails with original attachments with just one click.

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1. Select the email contains the attachments you need to reply with.

2. Then click Kutools > Reply with Attach > Reply with Attach. See screenshot:

3. Now a reply message window pops up with all original attachments listed in the Attached field. Compose your email and send it.

If you want to have a free trial of this utility, please go to free download the software first, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


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    Susan Landes · 7 months ago
    I am trying to use the Reply with Attachments but it isn't adding the attachment, just keeping the link. I use the automatic detach when email is received. Is there a configuration setting that I need to update?

    Thank you for your help!
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      crystal · 2 months ago
      Dear Susan,

      The attachments won't locate in the email any more as they are detached automatically from the email. Please turn off the auto detach feature for the sake of using this Reply with Attachment feature.

      Best Regards, Crystal.
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        Dakota · 2 months ago
        how do you turn off the auto detach feature
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          crystal · 2 months ago
          Dear Dakota,

          If you are using the Auto detach all receiving attachments feature of Kutools for Outlook, please do as below screenshot shown to turn off this feature by unchecking it in your Outlook. Thank you!
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    Rituraj Sharma · 2 years ago
    Hi Team,

    He there a way to run this macro using some shortcut keys in outlook.
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      mr · 2 years ago
      Yes. Under the main options you can add a developer tab where you can find the macros. And, even better, if you right click the strip at the top with all the buttons, they call this a "ribbon", you can add a custom new group and display your macros as buttons right there in the home tab.