Outlook How To: Fast Message With Attachments

Updated December 1, 2011

A faster way to create a new message with one or more attachments


If you are creating a new message that will have attachments, you can open a New Message window, type your message, then use the Attach File command in the Ribbon to include your attachment or attachments. But there’s a way to open a New Message window and attach one or more files to it all at once.

How to Do Fast Attachments

Here’s what you do:

  1. Open Outlook to Mail view.
  2. In File Manager or any other window, select the file or files you want to attach to the message.
  3. Drag the file(s) to any spot in the Inbox pane, and drop them there.

Outlook opens a New Message window with the files already attached. If you attached a single file, Outlook inserts the file name as the message Subject (see the figure below). If you attached multiple files, Outlook leaves the Subject field blank.


fast attachments

From here you can:

Go to the Outlook 2010 Tips for Mail and Contacts page.

Go to the main Outlook 2010 Tips page.

Go to the Outlook 2010 home page.

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