Software & Apps MS Office Create Attachments Using Drag and Drop in Outlook To use drag and drop, the file must reside on your computer Share Pin Email Print MS Office Outlook Word Excel Powerpoint By Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated January 21, 2020 Sending attachments along with your email messages is one way to share information, documents, and images. In Outlook, there are different ways to attach files to an email. One way is to use the Outlook menu. Another way is to open Windows Explorer and use drag and drop to send files as attachments. Instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010; and Outlook for Office 365. Create Attachments Using Drag and Drop in Outlook To attach a file swiftly using drag and drop in Outlook: Open Outlook and go to the Inbox. Go to the Home tab and select New Email. Open Windows Explorer and go to the folder that contains the file you want to attach to an Outlook email. Drag the file you want to attach from Windows Explorer to the new message window. The attachment appears at the top of the email message in the Attached section. Automatically Open a Message An even faster way to create attachments using drag and drop in Outlook is to simply drag the file straight into your Inbox. When you drag a file from Windows Explorer and drop it on the Outlook Inbox, Microsoft Outlook automatically opens a new email message window with the file attached. Then, enter the recipient information, the content of your message, and send it. Can I Attach Multiple Files With Drag and Drop? The drag and drop method for attaching documents works with multiple files as well. Press and hold the Ctrl key to select multiple files, then drag the files to your Outlook Inbox or a new message. How to Send Links to Documents on a File Sharing Service The drag and drop method only works with files on your computer, not with files that reside on a file sharing service. You can send a link to those files, but Outlook doesn't download the document and send it as an attachment. When you copy the share link and paste it into your email, the email recipient clicks the link to view the attachment.