Drag messages from your personal mailbox to the group mailbox

Have email in your inbox that you want to share with your group in Outlook? Easy! Just drag and drop.

When you drag an email message from your personal mailbox to the group mailbox, any group member will be able to read it and participate in the conversation. The group will be added to the To line automatically so group members can continue to read and respond to subsequent replies.

Note: If you just started a new group and want to fill it with messages that will give group members some history and context about the issues the group was formed to address, just drag and drop those messages from your mailbox and you're ready to go!

How to

  1. Open Outlook on the web.

  2. Select an email message or conversation that you want to move to your group mailbox.

  3. Drag the message to the desired group. (You can only drag and drop one conversation or 100 individual messages at a time.)

    animation showing the movement of a message from the personal inbox to a group inbox

If the original sender or recipients on the mail aren't group members, they will not be added to the group through the drag-and-drop process. They won't be notified that the message has been moved to the group either. Those who are already following the group in their inbox will not receive a copy in their inbox.

Note: If you accidentally moved the message or conversation to the wrong group, you can forward it back to yourself and then delete the message or conversation from the group.

System requirements

Drag and drop is rolling out now to Office 365 subscribers using Outlook on the web.

You can't drag and drop to the group mailbox in Outlook 2016 for PC, Outlook 2016 for Mac, or Outlook for iOS and Android.

Frequently asked questions

We roll features out to users gradually. If you aren't yet able to drag and drop in Outlook on the web, don't worry! The feature will make its way to you soon.

We hope to bring drag and drop to Outlook 2016 for PC soon. Continue to check back here for updates.

If you’d like to see this feature in Outlook 2016 for Mac and Outlook for iOS and Android, leave your comments at these Outlook suggestion boxes:

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