Microsoft Office products, such as Word and Outlook, are often compatible with one another for tasks where their functionality overlaps. For example, you might have to send an email that is going to require a lot of formatting, but you may be uncomfortable doing so in Outlook.
Fortunately Outlook 2013 has a handy tool that allows you to insert certain types of files directly into the bodies of email messages that you are about to send. Our guide below will show you how to insert the contents of a Word document as the body of an Outlook email message that you can then send to email recipients.
Inserting a Word Document as Text in an Outlook 2013 Email
The steps in this article are going to insert the contents of a Word document as text into an email. These steps assume that you already have a Word document that you would like to use as the body of your email.
Step 1: Open Outlook 2013.
Step 2: Click the New Email button at the left side of the ribbon.
Step 3: Click inside the body of the new email message, then click the Attach File button.
Step 4: Browse to the Word document that you wish to use as the body of your email, then click it once to select it.
Step 5: Click the small down arrow to the right of the Insert button, then click the Insert as Text option.
You can then go back and add the email addresses and subject for the email before sending it.
If you have an HTML file that you would like to send as an email, then you can read this article – https://www.solveyourtech.com/send-html-email-outlook-2013/ to learn how to use a very similar method to send that file as well.
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