Tip of the week # 453
20 July 2015

Attach a copy of an active document to an e-mail message (Microsoft Office) *

When you want to attach a copy of a document to an email message, do you do that from Outlook? Did you know you can do it immediately from, say, Word? Perhaps you use the Save & Send option from the File menu, but that's four clicks and it can be faster! Especially if you add the E-mail button to your Quick Access Toolbar.

Here's how:

  1. Create or open the document, as normal.
  2. Click on the arrow on the right side of the Quick Access Toolbar and click on E-mail. (You only have to do this once, to add the button to the toolbar.)
  3. Click on the E-mail button on the Quick Access Toolbar.

Microsoft Outlook will open automatically with the active document attached to the new email message. If it's a completely new document that you didn't save as yet, it will be attached to the email message as Document1, Book1, Presentation1 etcetera. If you want to attach additional files, you can add them as normal by clicking on the paperclip in Outlook.

By the way, thank you very much to everyone that supported my annual Sponsored Bike Ride and Walk on Saturday 11th July. In total we raised over £3000 which is just fantastic. The funds raised will be used to rebuild classrooms in the Nawalparasi district that were damaged by the earthquake.

* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.