Create, reply to, or forward email messages in Outlook.com

Creating a message in 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 by selecting Forward.

Note: If you can't send email from your Outlook.com account, see Outlook.com won't let me send an email.

  1. At the top of the page, select New message.

    A screenshot of the New message button

  2. On the To line, enter the name or email address of the person who will receive the message.

    Note: When composing a new email and clicking the To or Cc buttons, some customers will not see their list of contacts. This is a known issue. To be able to select names, simply start typing on the To or Cc line, and your related contacts will be shown. 

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

  4. To attach a file to your message, select Attach.

    For more information about attaching files to your message, see Attach files in Outlook.com.

  5. Type your message and then select Send.

Note: You can forward only one message at a time.

  1. In your message list, choose the message that you want to forward.

  2. At the top right corner of the message pane, select Forward , or select Show message history and then select Forward.

  3. Type your message and then select Send.

  1. In your message list, choose the message that you want to reply to.

  2. At the top right corner of the message pane, select Reply or Reply all , or select Show message history and then choose Reply or Reply all.

  3. Type your response and then select Send.

    Note: By default, the original email and its history will not be displayed when you're replying to a message. To show the original email or change the email subject, select Show message history at the bottom of the message pane.

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

    Note: The names of people on the Bcc line are hidden from other recipients of the message.

    A screenshot of the Cc and Bcc buttons

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

    A screenshot of the Discard button

  • 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: Files attached 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 files attached 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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See Also

Send email from an alias or different address

Organize email by using inbox rules in Outlook.com or Outlook on the web

Attach files in Outlook.com

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