How to Keep an Attachment When Replying to an Email in Outlook

By Kevin Lee

Outlook helps you customize the way you send email attachments.
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Outlook does not include attachments automatically when you reply to people who sent them to you. This helps conserve bandwidth and minimizes the sizes of messages that people send. Although people may not need copies of files they emailed you, you have the ability to include those attachments in your replies. You won’t find a button that helps you do that in your message composition window, but you will find a setting in the Options window that forces Outlook to include attachments with replies.

Click Outlook's "File" tab and then click "Options."

Click "Mail" and find the "Replies and Forwards" section.

Click the section's "When Replying to a Message" drop-down menu and select "Attach Original Message." Click "OK" to save your changes.


Remember that large attachments take longer to send. If your recipients have slow Internet connections, it may take a while for them to view your attachment. If they pay for excess bandwidth usage, it also may cost them more to download large attachments. If you don't need to reply with an attachment, do not select "Attach Original Message" in the "When Forwarding a Message" drop-down menu. Other menu options include "Include Original Message Text" and "Include and Indent Original Message Text." Those options only include the sender's original text in your reply.


These instructions apply to Microsoft Outlook 2013. Your steps may vary depending on the Outlook version you use.