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Save your Outlook.com email attachments to OneDrive in one click

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We’re excited to announce the new Save to OneDrive feature, a simpler way to manage and save your email attachments. This is a feature you’ve been asking for and today we’ve begun rolling it out to all Outlook.com customers worldwide. If you don’t have it yet, please check back over the coming week.

Before cloud storage became popular, some people would email documents to themselves, because they knew they’d be able to log in to their email account and access those documents from anywhere. People still do this today, however, there is an obvious downside—your inbox can get messy quickly and you have to search through ever-increasing email content until you find what you’re looking for.

We’ve made it simpler and tidier to manage these email attachments. When you receive an email with an attachment or group of attachments—documents, pictures, music or videos—you can now save them to OneDrive in just one click.

When you click Save to OneDrive, your files are added to a new OneDrive folder called Email attachments, making them a breeze to find and share. You’ll be able to access these files from all your devices (for example, by using the OneDrive mobile app or Office for iPad)–instead of leaving them to clutter your inbox.

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If you only want to save an individual attachment, you can do that too–just click the one you want to keep and then click Save to OneDrive from the drop-down menu.

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Of course, you can still save the attachments to your local drive by clicking Download—either as an individual file or all together in a .zip file.

While we’re on the topic of email attachments, it’s worth checking out how to Share from OneDrive—which is an easy way to send your larger documents, without the hassles of attaching them.

We encourage you to try Save to OneDrive when you can and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below, or tweeting @Outlook.

—James Shields, product marketing manager for Outlook.com

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  1. As we can now save attachments to OneDrive directly, it would be really convenient if you could add the option to add OneDrive file as a real attachment instead of the current option to insert a link to that OneDrive file.

  2. I noticed you can only save to the email attachments folder at the moment. I would like to suggest the abilty to be able to save to a folder of one’s choice

    • Thanks for the feedback, ronaldt! I’ll pass these suggestions on to the team.

  3. Nice another benefit to have Microsoft products 🙂

  4. Getting there, but the lack of a ‘Send and Archive’ feature (to automatically declutter that Inbox) and the complete lack of ability to set our Contacts display picture are annoying issues still.

  5. I notice that this option to save to OneDrive has disappeared.from Outlook.com. What’s up?

    • Hi gerardpy. This feature has been rolling out for the past week, which is why it may not have shown up every time in your inbox. We finished rolling out the feature today, so you should be able to see it permanently, now.

  6. Is this feature going to be available with O365 for Business plans too? I use OWA and if I’d be able to save attachments to my OneDrive for Business, that would be awesome 🙂

  7. I’m having issues with this. At one moment it’s all fine and dandy and then I refresh the tab and the option vanishes!
    It doesn’t depend on the browser I’m using. This “glitch” is omnipresent. I’ve tested it on Chrome, Firefox, Opera and even IE.

    Can I get some feedback?
    Thanks

    • Hi Ed_Ward. This feature has been rolling out for the past week, which is why it may not have shown up every time in your inbox. We finished rolling out the feature today, so you should now be able to see it permanently, and from within any browser.

  8. Woo Hoo! It’s about time this feature made it in Outlook.com! Such a simple feature has been missing for a long time and one of the features Gmail had up on Outlook.

  9. This article refers only to OneDrive, but mentions nothing about OneDrive for Business. Will this apply to OneDrive for Business, as well?

  10. this is great features, but AFAIHN on my pc and laptop, this feature only works on chrome browser…and sometimes not even working at all… hopefully they will fix this problem.

    • Hi azmi. This feature has been rolling out for the past week, which is why it may not have shown up every time in your inbox. We finished rolling out the feature today, so you should now be able to see it permanently, and in any browser.

  11. in my outlook for home, 30days trial version in India, this feature is not available. every time i manually save in my c drive and uploaded into onedrive.

    • Hi, this feature is for the web UI of Outlook.com (free, personal email from Microsoft). I suspect you may be using an Outlook desktop app. Go to https://www.outlook.com to check this feature out. Thanks!

  12. Is this available in all regions / markets or is this only available for users in the US?

    • Hi. This is for all regions and markets.

  13. Please support Rule to user can create rule and allow save attached file if attached file hit rule as pdf or excel file then they are uploaded automatically.

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