- To use drag and drop, the file must be on your computer
- Create attachments with drag and drop in Outlook
- Automatically open a message
- Can I attach multiple files using drag and drop?
- Send links to documents in a file sharing service
To use drag and drop, the file must be on your computer
Sending attachments to your email messages is a way to share information, documents, and images. There are several ways to attach files to an email in Outlook. One way is to use the Outlook menu. Another way is to open Windows Explorer and use drag and drop to send files as attachments.
The instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010; and Outlook for Office 365.
Create attachments with drag and drop in Outlook
Quickly attach a file with drag and drop in Outlook:
Open Outlook and go to inbox †
Go to the tab House and select New email address †
Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the folder containing the file you want to add to your Outlook email.
Drag the file you want to attach from Windows Explorer to the new message box.
The attachment appears at the top of the email under nested †
Automatically open a message
An even faster way to create attachments using drag and drop in Outlook is to simply drag and drop the file directly into your inbox. When you drag and drop a file from Windows Explorer into your Outlook inbox, Microsoft Outlook automatically opens a new email window with the file attached.
Then enter the recipient’s details, the content of your message and send it.
Can I attach multiple files using drag and drop?
The drag-and-drop method of attaching documents also works with multiple files. Hold down the Ctrl key to select multiple files, then drag the files to your Outlook inbox or a new message.
Send links to documents in a file sharing service
The drag-and-drop method only works with files on your computer, not files residing on a file-sharing service. You can send a link to these files, but Outlook will not download the document or send it as an attachment. When you copy and paste the share link into your email, the email recipient clicks the link to view the attachment.