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

Use the resend feature to redirect an email in Outlook

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When you want to share an email's content, you can always forward it in Outlook, but when you forward an email, it is surrounded by header lines, and the message is from you instead of the original sender. If the recipient of your forwarded email wants to reply to that original sender, they must locate the original sender's address in the body of the email.

Fortunately, Outlook also lets you redirect—under the disguise of resending—messages.

The email is unchanged, and any recipient can reply to the original sender easily.

Redirect an Email in Outlook 2016, 2013 and 2010

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

  1. Open the message you want to redirect in its own window.
  2. Make sure the Message tab is selected and expanded on the ribbon.
  3. Click Actions in the Move section.
  4. Select Resend This Message from the menu that appears.
  5. If you did not send the message you are about to redirect, or if Outlook does not recognize you as its author, select Yes under You do not appear to be the original sender of this message. Are you sure you want to resend it?
  6. Address and, if needed, edit the message.
  7. Click Send.
  8. Close the original message's window.

Redirect an Email in Outlook 2007

To redirect a message in Outlook 2007:

  1. Open the desired email in its own window.
  2. On the Message tab, in the Move group, click Other Actions.
  3. Select Resend This Message from the menu.
  1. Click Yes.
  2. Enter the desired recipients in the To..., Cc..., or Bcc... line.
  3. Click Send.

When Resending Messages Fails

If you run into problems redirecting messages by resending them, you can turn to forwarding emails as attachments as an alternative.

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

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