How to Redirect a Reply in Microsoft Outlook

In Brief...

When you forward an email in Outlook, it appears as if it is from you rather than the original sender, and it contains headers. If you would like to send a message to another recipient so that he or she can easily reply to the original sender, you can redirect it. To redirect a reply in Outlook, follow these three steps.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Outlook: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. In the message you want to redirect, on the Message tab, in the Move group, select Actions.
    Message Tab

  2. Select Resend This Message.
    Resend This Message

  3. You will see the message is now ready to resend and that it does not appear as a forward but instead looks like the original message. Use the To field to enter the recipient's email address.
    To Field

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