How to remove attachments from messages in Outlook

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  1. How to keep your Outlook inbox free of attachments
  2. Save attachments
  3. Remove attachments from messages in Outlook

How to keep your Outlook inbox free of attachments

Attachments quickly increase the size of your email archive. If you use Outlook with an Exchange server or an IMAP account and you have a quota for the size of your mailbox, extract attachments from emails and then delete them from the server to reduce the size of your inbox. If you use Outlook to access your POP account and keep all email on your computer, save attachments in a folder and delete them from emails to make your email experience cleaner and faster.

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

Save attachments

Before you delete attachments in an email message, save important attachments to your computer, OneDrive, or other cloud storage.

  1. Select the email with the attachments you want to keep. The message is displayed in the preview window.

  2. In Outlook 2019, 2016, and 2013, select the attachment drop-down arrow and select Save all attachments .

    In Outlook 2010, go to the tab Attachments and choose Save all attachments .

    In Outlook 2007, go to the menu File and choose Save attachments > All attachments .

  3. In the dialog box Save all attachments select Okay .

    To remove a file from the list, click ctrl and click on file. Only selected files are saved.

  4. In the dialog box Save attachment select the folder where you want to save the files.

  5. Select Save .

Remove attachments from messages in Outlook

To remove attachments from messages in Outlook:

  1. Select a message that contains attachments.

  2. Select the drop-down arrow for attachments.

  3. Select Delete attachment .

  4. In the confirmation window, select Delete attachment .

  5. The attachment is removed from the message and the rest of the message remains unchanged.

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