Forward as Attachment

If you need to report a phishing scam or other problem message to the IT security office (, forwarding that message as an attachment is the best way to do so.

Outlook for Windows | Outlook for Mac | Web (OWA) | Mac Mail

Outlook for Windows

From your main Outlook window:

  1. Double-click the message to open it in its own window.
  2. On the Message tab of that window's ribbon, go to Respond and click More.
  3. Choose Forward as Attachment:
    Screen shot: Outlook message ribbon - Respond - More - Forward as Attachment

Keyboard shortcut:  From your main Outlook window, select the message and press Ctrl - Alt - F.

Outlook for Mac

In your main Outlook window:

  1. Right click the message in your message list.
  2. Choose Forward Special.
  3. Choose As Attachment:

    Screen shot: Outlook 2011 - right click message, Forward Special - As Attachment

Outlook Web Access (OWA)

  1. From your main OWA Outlook window, click New to create a new message:

    Screen shot: New message icon in OWA
  2. At the upper right of the resulting new message pane, click the Open in a Separate Window icon:

    Screen shot: Open in Separate Window icon at upper right of OWA new message
  3. Arrange your browser windows so that you can see both the new message window and the message list portion of your main OWA window.  Depending on your screen resolution, you might need to resize one or both of those windows.
  4. Drag and drop the message you want to forward from your message list into the body of the new message window:

    Screen shot: Main OWA window and new message window arranged to allow dragging and dropping an existing message into the body of the new message.
  5. If the drag and drop worked, you will will see an attachment icon for the message:

    Screen shot: Attachment icon visible in OWA message window

Mac Mail

  1. In your main Mac Mail window, right click (or Control-click) the message you want to forward.
  2. Choose Forward as Attachment:

    Screen shot: Forward as Attachment in Mac Mail