How to Resend an Email in Its Original State Using Outlook Redirect

Resend messages so that recipients can reply to the original sender

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When you forward a message in Outlook, it is surrounded by header lines, and the message is from you instead of the original sender. If the recipient wants to reply to that original sender, they must locate the address in the email. Instead, redirect the message. The email is unchanged and the recipient can reply to the original sender easily.

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

Redirect an Email in Outlook

When you want an email to look like it came from the original sender and not from you, redirect the email. The email will be resent to the contacts you specify and those contacts can reply to the original sender.

For Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, and 2010

To resend any message in Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, or Outlook 2010:

  1. Open the message you want to redirect in a separate window.

  2. Go to the Message tab.

    An open email in Outlook.
  3. In the Move group, select More Move Actions.

  4. Select Resend This Message.

    Selecting the action Resend this Message in Outlook.
  5. If you are not the original sender, Outlook confirms that you want to resend it. Select Yes.

  6. Address and, if needed, edit the message.

    Outlook message that is ready to edit for resending.
  7. Select Send.

  8. Close the original message's window.

Redirect an Email in Outlook 2007

To redirect a message in Outlook 2007:

  1. Open the email in a separate window.

  2. Go to the Message tab and, in the Move group, click Other Actions.

  3. Select Resend This Message.

  4. Click Yes.

  5. Enter the desired recipients in the To, Cc, or Bcc lines.

  6. Click Send.

When Resending Messages Fails

If you run into problems redirecting messages by resending them, forward emails as attachments as an alternative.

Another way to redirect is to use an add-on such as the Email Redirect component for Outlook.