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

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

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.

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.