Send Word document as email body
Sometimes I write a short document or letter in Word which I like to be reviewed by someone else first.
While I could send it as an attachment, I’d rather send the contents of the document in the email itself as it often allows for quicker review and replies for the reviewer.
Is there a quick way to achieve this?
There is quite a list of commands in Word which are hidden or otherwise not directly available via a button in the Ribbon layout.
Sending the contents of your current document directly in the body of an email is one of those “hidden” commands.
Add “Send to Mail Recipient” command to the QAT
To use such a hidden command, you can still add it to the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) the following way;
- Open Word Options; File-> Options.
- On the left, select; Quick Access Toolbar.
- Set the “Choose command from” drop down list to “Commands Not in the Ribbon”.
- Select “Send to Mail Recipient” and click the button “Add > >”
- Press OK to close the dialog.
- The command will now show up in the Quick Access Toolbar at the top of your Word window.
Excel and PowerPoint
Note that both Excel and PowerPoint also have the “Send to Mail Recipient” option available as a “hidden” option and can be added in the same way.
After adding the Send to Mail Recipient command to your QAT…
…you can directly turn a Word document into a mail messages.