Forwarding an Email as an Attachment in Hotmail

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Forwarding an email is simple in Windows Live Hotmail. The Forward command within so simple reach forwards a simple version perfect ​in most cases.

What if you want to forward a message including all its possibly complex header information, though? Though Windows Live Hotmail does not offer a "Forward as Attachment" button, forwarding one or more messages attached is possible.

Forward an Email as an Attachment in Windows Live Hotmail

To forward a message including all its header information and formatting — as an email attachment — from Windows Live Hotmail:

  • Save the email you want to forward to your desktop or another folder on your hard disk.
  • Now open the message you want to forward in Windows Live Hotmail on the web.
  • Click Forward (or press Ctrl-Shift-F with Windows Live Hotmail keyboard shortcuts enabled).
  • Highlight everything following your signature (the original message including some header lines and the horizontal line above it).
  • Press Del or Backspace.
  • Click Attachments under Insert:.
  • Find and pick the EML file you saved previously.
    • You can save, attach and forward more than one message in this manner; do make sure the emails you forward do belong together, however, or recipients might get confused or miss an important attachment.
  • Address the forward using the To:, Cc: and Bcc: fields.

Note that some email programs and services — including Windows Live Hotmail itself — may not display the forwarded message attachment online or at all.

Downloading the EML file and opening that should be possible, however.