Send Documents as E-mails Directly from Word & Excel

Lots of people know you can email a Word document or Excel spreadsheet by attaching it to an email message in Outlook, but not everyone knows you can do this right from the document itself.  Here's how:

Office 2007:

  1. Click the Office Button on the ribbon
  2. Hover your mouse pointer over Send
  3. Click E-mail
  4. This will open a new email message in Outlook.  The message will...
    • have the document already attached
    • have a subject line that matches the title of the document (but you can edit this if you like)
  5. Write a message in body of the email, choose the people to whom you want to send the email, and click the Send button to share your document with others.

Office 2003:

It looks like Office 2003 will send a document as an email, but not as an attachment.  Here's how to do it:

  1. On the Word or Excel menu bar, click "File"
  2. Then "Send To"
  3. And "Mail Recipient (As Attachment)"
  4. When your new Outlook email message opens and you've filled in the To and Subject fields, click "Send a Copy" to share your document.

More info and screenshots at the Microsoft Support website for Office 2003 users.

Office 2000:

  1. On the menu bar click Edit
  2. Hover your mouse pointer over Send To
  3. Click Mail Recipient (as Attachment)
  4. When your new Outlook email message opens and you've filled in the To and Subject fields, click "Send a Copy" to share your document.

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