Tip of the week # 416
16 February 2014

Copy an attachment and attach it to a new mail message (Outlook 2007-2013)

This week's tip comes from Keith Balmer (thanks, Keith!) who shared a quick way to copy an attachment from one email and send that same attachment in a new, outgoing mail message. You can obviously first save the attachment to, say, your desktop and then attach it to the new email. You can also forward the email (CTRL+F, anyone?) and delete all the text (click anywhere in the message area, press CTRL+A and delete, as normal). But why not save yourself some clicks?

Here's how:

  1. Right-click the attachment and select Copy. (You can do this in the Reading Pane or while 'properly' reading the message.) If there are multiple attachments and you want to copy all of them, use the Select All option and press CTRL+C.
  2. Open a new email message. (Save yourself some clicks and press CTRL+N.)
  3. Click anywhere in the message area (not the top area) and paste as normal. (That's CTRL+V for me.)

Alternatively, you can simply drag the attachments from one email to the other. Just remember, there are many ways to skin a cat. find what works for you!