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How to forward messages as attachments in Outlook?

Normally when you forward an email message in Microsoft Outlook, the original message text is added into the message body automatically. In this article, we will show you some tricks about forwarding email messages as attachments in Microsoft Outlook.

Forward an email message as an attachment in Outlook

Forward multiple email messages as attachments in Outlook

Automatically forward messages as attachments in Outlook 2010 and later versions

Automatically forward messages as attachments in Outlook 2007

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arrow blue right bubbleForward an email message as an attachment in Outlook

Microsoft Outlook’s Forward as Attachment feature can help us forward a single email message as an attachment easily.

1. Open a mail folder in the Navigation Pane, and click to select the email message that you will forward later.

2. Forward it as an attachment:
A. In Outlook 2010 and 2013, please click the More > Forward as Attachment in the Respond group on the Home tab;
B. In Outlook 2007, please click the Actions > Forward as Attachment.
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3. Compose the forwarding message, and click the Send button.


arrow blue right bubbleForward multiple email messages as attachments in Outlook

By default, if you select multiple email messages and then click the Forward button on the Home tab (or Actions > Forward in Outlook 2007), these email messages will be added as attachments in the forwarding message automatically. See screen shot:
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arrow blue right bubbleAutomatically forward messages as attachments in Outlook 2010 or later versions

This section will guide you to forward original email messages as attachments automatically in Microsoft Outlook 2010 or later versions.

1. Click the File > Options.

2. In the Outlook Options dialog box, click the Mail in the left bar.

3. Go to the Replies and forwards section, click the When forwarding a message: box, and click to select the Attach original message from the drop down list. See screen shot:
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4. Click the OK button to exit this dialog box.

From now on, when you forwarding an email message in Outlook 2010 and 2013, the original message will be added as an attachment automatically.


arrow blue right bubbleAutomatically forward messages as attachments in Outlook 2007

To forward email messages as attachments in Microsoft Outlook 2007 automatically, you can do as following:

1. Click the Tools > Options.

2. In the Options dialog box, click the E-mail Options button on the Preferences tab.
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3. In the E-mail Options dialog box, go to the On replies and forwards section, click the When forwarding a message box, and click to select the Attach original message from the drop down list. See screen shot:
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4. Click both OK buttons in two dialog boxes.

Henceforth, an email message will be attached as an attachment automatically if you forward it in Outlook 2007.


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