Create, reply to, or forward email messages in Outlook on the web and Outlook.com

Creating a message in Outlook on the web and Outlook.com is as easy as selecting New, composing your message, and then selecting Send. Respond to an email message you receive by selecting Reply or Reply All, or forward it to others.

Create and send an email message

  1. At the top of the page, select New to create a new message.

  2. In the To line, enter the name or email address of the person who will receive the message. The list of suggested contacts will update as your type.

  3. On the Add a subject line, type a brief description of what your email is about.

  4. Type your email message, and then select Send.

Reply, reply all, or forward an email message

  1. Choose the message that you want to reply to or forward.

  2. On the right side of the message pane, select Reply or Reply all, or select The More actions button. and then choose Reply, Reply all, or Forward.

    A screenshot of the Reply All button.

    To see the original message below your new message, select Show message history at the bottom of the message pane.

    A screenshot of the Show message history button.

  3. Type your response, and then select Send.

Add recipients to the Cc or Bcc lines

  • To add recipients to the Cc or Bcc lines, select Cc or Bcc on the right side of the To line.

    A screenshot of the Cc button.

Discard a draft of an email message

  • To discard a draft of a message, select Discard at the bottom of the message pane.

    A screenshot of the Discard button.

Tips about using reply, reply all, and forward

  • Reply and Reply all
    When you reply to a message, you'll see RE: added to the subject line. The original message is added below the new message.

    Note: Attachments to the original message aren't included when replying.

  • Forward
    When you forward a message, the prefix FW: is added to the subject line to alert the recipient they're receiving a forwarded message. The original message is included in the forwarded message, along with any attachments to the original message. You can edit the text of a forwarded message or add and remove any attachments before you send.

  • Change subject line
    When replying to or forwarding an email message, you can change the subject line of the message. Simply delete the existing subject line, and type the new one.

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