How to Forward a Message with Outlook

Forwarding lets you share email content with others

How to Forward a Message with Outlook

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Have you received an email that could be of use (or of amusement) to somebody else as well? Then there is hardly a better, faster, or easier way to share it than forwarding it in Outlook.

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

How to Forward a Message with Outlook

When you forward an email, send the entire message to another contact as well as any additional information you wish to include.

  1. Highlight or open the email you want to forward.

    To forward multiple messages as attachments, go to either the Message List pane or the search results and select all the emails you want to forward.

  2. Go to the Home tab (with the message highlighted or open in the Reading pane) or the Message tab (with the email open in its own window).

  3. In the Respond group, select Forward.

    Screenshot of Forward in message window
  4. Address the forwarded message to the intended contact or contacts using the To, Cc, and Bcc text boxes.

  5. Add a message to the message body. Trim the message text of the forwarded email to hide email addresses and other private information in the original message.

     If you forward the email as an attachment, you cannot trim it.

  6. Select Send.

As an alternative, redirect messages in Outlook.