How to remove an e-mail attachment before its sent or forwarded.

EmailMany e-mail programs today support the ability to adjust the e-mail attachments within the program. Once the steps below have been done, forwarding that e-mail to another user sends the message without the detached or deleted attachment.

Microsoft Outlook
Mozilla Thunderbird
Gmail and Yahoo!

Remove an attachment in Microsoft Outlook

Click the forward button and while creating the e-mail to forward you can delete the attached file by doing any of the suggestions below.

  1. Highlight the file and press the Delete key.
  2. Right-click the attachment and select delete from the right-click menu

Remove an attachment in Mozilla Thunderbird

Click the forward button and while creating the e-mail to forward you can delete the attachments in the top-right corner of the window by doing any of the suggestions below.

  1. Highlight the file and press the Delete key.
  2. Right-click the attachment and select delete from the right-click menu

Remove an attachment in Gmail and Yahoo!

For web-based e-mail like Gmail and Yahoo, when forwarding an e-mail with attachments, scroll to the bottom of the e-mail that you are forwarding and click the X next to the attachment.

Additional information

  • See the e-mail definitions for further information and related links.