How to retain attachments in message when replying to sender

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DavidCP

How do I keep the original attachment in a message when I reply to that
message?
 
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DL

If you mean you opened the attachment and edited it, then any edit will have
been lost.
You would need to open / edit the attachment then done a 'save as' to your
drive before replying and adding the attachment

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> How do I keep the original attachment in a message when I reply to that
> message?


 
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VanguardLH

DavidCP wrote:

> How do I keep the original attachment in a message when I reply to that
> message?


Why would you? The sender already has the file. After all, they gave it to
you. They don't need it back. When replying, you don't give back the
attachments that the sender gave you since they already have those files.

If the sender claims to have lost the file, why can't they extract it out of
the copy of the e-mail in their Sent Items folder? Are they claiming that
they somehow lost all their e-mails and now need you to send back the one
with the attachment? If so, just *forward* it to them. Be sure to "forward
as attachment" so the original e-mail is kept intact. Forwarding inline
means to create a new e-mail with the body of the old one inside the body of
your new e-mail but other content, like headers, is lost. So forward as an
attachment.

Or just save the attachment from the original e-mail and attach it to a new
e-mail that you send back to the sender who apparently no longer has that
file.
 

Library Lil

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Outlook 2010 32 bit
Email Account
Exchange Server 2010
That's all fine - except for those times when the original sender sends an attachment to someone else in your organisation, who then replies to that person (thereby losing the attachment) but also copies someone else into that reply, asking that someone else to work on the information in the attachment without realising that it has dropped off. Then they go on leave, so the someone else has to contact the original sender asking them to re-send it so that she can do the work requested ...

One other way is to send two emails, one a Reply to the original sender and the other a Forward to the person being asked to do the work.

The only other way to keep the attachment, if you're copying someone else in, is to Forward it to the someone else, and then type in the original sender's email address as well. In an organisation the colleague's address is usually pre-set, whereas often the attachment has come from 'outside' and will need to be re-typed in full, so it's easier for people to Reply to the external person and just Copy in the colleague.

Thanks Outlook :(
 

Diane Poremsky

Senior Member
Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
How often does it happen that you add a CC to a reply and ask someone to work on the information? It's possible to use a macro to always add the file back, but if its a once in a while thing you're sending a lot of files back to the sender that serve only to use up everyone's mailbox quota or make them edit the message to delete the files. It's a double edged sword. :)

Better would be to send links to files on a file server, SharePoint, OneDrive or any of the file share services. Unfortunately Outlook doesn't automatically save attachments to a share and add the link and few users will do it unless forced to by company policy.
 
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