How to Create Attachments via Drag-and-Drop in Outlook

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You can use "drag and drop" to send files as attachments in Outlook.

To Start with the Email, or to Begin with the File?

When you want to send an email with an attachment, do you start, usually, with a new message in Outlook, then add the file as an attachment?

What if you want to send a file attached to an email, a file and document already open in Windows Explorer? Do you go to Outlook, start composing a new message, then add the file (looking for it carefully in many an overfilled folder)?

You can begin right where you are, with the file in Explorer. Provided Outlook is running or pinned to the task bar at least, a new email with that file attached is but one drag-and-drop action away.

Create Attachments via Drag-and-Drop in Outlook

To attach a file swiftly using drag-and-drop in Outlook:

  1. Open the folder containing the file you want to attach in Windows Explorer.
  2. Make sure your Inbox is open in Outlook.
  3. Grab the file from Windows Explorer with your mouse and drop it on your open Inbox.

Microsoft Outlook automatically starts a new email message with the file attached.

Can I Attach Multiple Files with Drag and Drop?

Drag-and-drop attaching works with multiple files as well: highlighting all the desired documents and dropping them onto Outlook will create a new message with all the files attached.

(tested with Outlook 2016 (16.0))