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How to Put a Word Document Into an Email & Not by Attaching It

Updated February 21, 2017

When you e-mail a Word document directly from Microsoft Word, it is e-mailed as an attached document. An attached document is a separate file that prompts you to open or save the file to view its contents. With the increase of viruses, you may be asked to include a Word document in the body of your e-mail. Doing so allows readers to view the contents of your document without Microsoft Word.

Click the "New" button in Outlook 2007 to compose a message.

Select the "Insert" tab from the ribbon and choose "Attach File." The "Insert File" dialogue box opens.

Select the file you want to add.

Expand "Insert" and the bottom-right section of the dialogue box. Then choose "Insert as Text."

Start Word 2007 and open the Word document you want to send.

Press "Ctrl+A" to select the entire document. Then right-click and select "Copy" from the pop-up list.

Minimise Word and open the email program you want to use.

Compose a new message as you would normally, adding the recipient's name in the "To" field and a subject line.

Place your cursor within the message body of your e-mail. Then select "Edit" and "Paste" from the toolbar or press "Ctrl+V" to paste the document directly into the email.

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