How to Remove Attachments From Messages in Outlook

How to keep your Outlook inbox clean from attachments

Attachments make your email archive increase in size quickly. If you use Outlook with an Exchange server or an IMAP account and have a mailbox size quota, get the attachments out of the emails and then delete them on the server to reduce the size of your inbox. If you use Outlook to access a POP account and store all mail on your computer, save the attachments to a folder and remove them from the emails to make your email experience cleaner and faster. Here's how.

Instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007; and Outlook for Microsoft 365.

Save Attachments

Before you delete attachments to an email message, save important attached files to your computer, OneDrive, or other cloud storage service.

  1. Select the email that contains the attachments you want to save. The message displays in the Preview pane.

  2. In Outlook 2019, 2016, and 2013, select the attachment dropdown arrow and choose Save All Attachments.

    In Outlook 2010, go to the Attachments tab and select Save All Attachments.

    In Outlook 2007, go to the File menu and select Save Attachments > All Attachments.

  3. In the Save All Attachments dialog box, select OK.

    To remove a file from the list, press Ctrl and click the file. Only highlighted files are saved.

    Selecting all attachments to save in Outlook.
  4. In the Save Attachment dialog box, select the folder in which you want to save the files.

  5. Select Save.

Delete Attachments From Messages in Outlook

To delete attachments from messages in Outlook:

  1. Select the message that contains the attachments.

  2. Select the attachment dropdown arrow.

  3. Select Remove Attachment.

    Selecting to remove an attachment in Outlook.
  4. In the confirmation dialog box, select Remove Attachment.

    Confirming the removal of an attachment in Outlook.
  5. The attachment is removed from the message, and the rest of the message is left intact.