Forward a Message as an Attachment in Windows Mail

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When you forward an email, Windows Mail inserts it in the message body of the forwarding email. This program, unlike its predecessors, is not capable of forwarding emails as attachments, which is a clean way of forwarding messages that avoids problems with messed up and broken text in the body of the forwarding email. To send as an attachment, you'll need to download the message and then send it as an attachment in a new message.

These instructions govern Windows Mail for Windows 10 through the 19.04 service release. Microsoft continually iterates the Mail app. Although versions of the app through the 19.04 release of Windows 10 have not had forward-as-attachment capability, many users demand it and Microsoft may elect to add this functionality in future update releases.

How to Forward a Message as an Attachment With Windows Mail

To forward an email attached to a new message in Windows Mail:

  1. Highlight the message you want to forward in the mailbox or open it in its own window.

  2. Select Settings (the three-dot menu) then Save As.

    Windows Mail Save As command
  3. Save the message in EML format.

    save-as box
  4. Compose a new message by clicking or tapping New mail, then advance the toolbar to the Insert menu in the new-message pane.

    New message pane
  5. Click Files then select the EML document you had saved. Click Open to insert the message as an attachment inside of your new email.

    new message with attachment
  6. Compose and send your email as usual.

This process is not technically the same as a Forward As Attachment command, but the end result is the same.