How to print emails and attachments in Outlook

Printing emails in Microsoft Outlook is a simple task once you know the steps. This comprehensive guide will help you navigate the Outlook interface with ease, select the right print settings and bring a message to life on paper.

Imagine that you've received an email that captures everything you've been discussing in a recent thread. It's the kind of email you want to pin on your noticeboard, tuck into your planner, or hand out in your next team meeting. But how do you take this digital message and give it a physical presence? Let's delve into the simple steps to transform your virtual conversations into tangible documents that you can touch, feel, and share around the coffee table or conference room.

How to print an email on Outlook

To print an email in the classic desktop Outlook app, follow the steps below: Print an email on Outlook.

  1. Open an email. Double-click the email of interest in your Inbox, Sent Items, or any other folder where you've stored it. This will open the message in a new window.
  2. Access the Print menu. Click on the File tab in the upper-left corner of the Outlook ribbon, and then select Print from the list of options. Or, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + P to open the print menu directly.
  3. Select the printer. Pick the printer you want to use from the list of available devices.
  4. Choose style. Under Settings, select the print style. Different emails may have different style options. In most cases, you will be able to choose from the two most common styles, such as Table and Memo.
  5. Adjust the settings. For further adjustments, click Print Options. In the Print dialog box that opens, you can specify the print range and the number of copies. Additionally, you can:
    • Click Page Setup to specify fonts, formats, paper, or add a header and/or footer.
    • Click Define Styles to edit a specific style or save your own custom one.

    The screenshot below shows the default settings. Print options in Outlook

  6. Preview. Before printing, you can preview the email to ensure it looks as expected. The print preview section in the right part of the Print menu shows you how the email will appear on the printed page.
  7. Print the email. Once you're satisfied with the settings and preview, click the Print button to bring your email onto paper.

Done! Now, your emails are not confined to your screen but can be shared and preserved in physical form.

Tip. If you regularly print emails from Outlook, consider adding the Print button to the ribbon or Quick Access Toolbar. We have comprehensive end-to-end guides for Excel: Adding a command to ribbon and Adding a button to Quick Access Toolbar. Customizing Outlook's ribbon and QAT is essentially the same process.

Quick Print in Outlook

Quick Print in Outlook lets you print emails swiftly without the need to open each one in a separate window. Here's how to use it:

  1. Right-click an email you're interested in.
  2. From the context menu that appears, choose Quick Print.

That's it! The message will be sent straight to your default printer, saving you time and clicks. Quick Print in Outlook

This feature is perfect for those moments when you need a hard copy of an email quickly, such as before a meeting or when you're compiling documents for reference. Remember, it uses the print settings you've set as default. If you need to make adjustments such as selecting a different printer or changing the number of copies, then use the regular Print option instead.

Tips and notes:

  • Currently, the Quick Print option is only available in the classic desktop Outlook app.
  • This method can also be used for printing attachments and multiple emails.

How to print emails in new Outlook and web

Printing emails in the new Outlook and Outlook 365 online can be done with ease. Here's how to do it:

  1. Whether you're using the new Outlook app or accessing your mail on the web, start by opening the email.
  2. Look for the Print button on the top toolbar. If it's not immediately visible, check under the More options menu represented by three dots or an ellipsis. Print emails in the new Outlook and web.
  3. Your message will pop up in a new window, formatted for printing. At the top-left corner of this window, click Print. The message pops up in a new window, formatted for printing.
  4. In the dialog box that appears, select your desired printer. Here, you can also choose your preferred style and adjust settings. With everything set up, hit Print. Choose the printer and adjust the settings.

Please keep in mind that the exact settings and interface may vary slightly, as the new Outlook and its web counterpart are frequently updated.

Note. The new Outlook and web app lack the option to print attachments directly from an email. You have to download the attached file to your computer first. After that, you can print the file using its default app, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, or a PDF editor.

Printing an Outlook email to a PDF is a convenient way to save a digital copy of your correspondence that's easy to share and archive. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Open the email you want to save as a PDF.
  2. On the File tab, choose Print, or simply press Ctrl + P on your keyboard.
  3. In the printer selection dropdown, choose Microsoft Print to PDF. Print to PDF from Outlook.
  4. If you need to change any settings, like adding a header or footer, click on Print Options.
  5. After setting everything up, click Print.
  6. The Save Print Output As dialog box will appear asking you to choose a location for your PDF and name it. Once you've done this, click Save.
Save an Outlook email as PDF.

And now, you can navigate to the folder where you saved the file and check if it has been converted correctly. This method ensures that your email is not just a fleeting message in your inbox but a document that can be stored, shared, and accessed independently of your email client.

It's also possible to combine multiple emails into one PDF file and convert attachments to individual PDFs. For full details, check out How to save Outlook email as PDF.

Tips and notes:

  • Outlook's Print to PDF option is only available in Windows 10 and Windows 11. If you're using an earlier version of Windows that doesn't have this feature, you can save your email as an HTML file. Then, open that file in Microsoft Word and save the document as PDF using the standard Save As
  • In the new Outlook and the online version of Outlook 365 (web app), there is a direct Save to PDF option, making it even easier to convert your emails to PDF format without additional steps.

How to print part of email in Outlook

Sometimes, you only need a snippet of your email conversation - a crucial detail, a specific instruction, or a particular quote. Printing the entire email might be overkill, so here's how to print just the part you need.

Print part of email in browser

If your browser displays .mht files correctly, then you can print a portion of an email in this way:

  1. Open the email. Begin by opening the email in Outlook.
  2. View in browser. On the Message tab, in the Move group, click Actions > View in Browser. If you see a security message, click OK to continue. This will open the message in your default web browser. View an Outlook message in a browser.
  3. Select part of email. Use your mouse to select the needed part of the message directly in the browser window.
  4. Access the browser's print function. Right-click the selection and choose Print, or press Ctrl + P, or use the browser's top menu.
  5. Print the selection. In the Print dialog, find the Selection only or a similar option. Print the selected part of email in a browser.

With these steps, you can print just the part of the email that matters to you, saving ink and paper.

Note. This method does not work correctly in the current versions of some popular internet browsers. If you find that the email opens as plain text instead of html, then use the method described below for a more reliable result.

Convert to PDF and print selection

These days, printing only a part of an Outlook email can be a bit tricky. Due to changes in how browsers interpret email files, the email.mht file, which used to display as a formatted HTML document, now often presents itself as plain text. This change makes it challenging to print just a specific section of an email directly from the browser, as the email's formatting and structure are lost in the conversion to text.

However, there's no need to worry - we have a workaround that will let you print part of your email:

  1. Use Outlook's Print to PDF option to convert your message to a .pdf file.
  2. Open the PDF file in your preferred reader.
  3. Highlight the text you want to print.
  4. Access the print menu in your PDF reader and look for the Print Selection or similar option.
  5. Adjust any print settings, then print your selected text.

For example, in Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader (free version), you can print the desired part of a PDF file in this way:

  1. Click the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines) in the upper-left corner.
  2. Navigate to Undo, Redo & more> Take a snapshot.
  3. Select a rectangle around the desired portion of your email.
  4. Click the printer icon in the top toolbar. Select the desired part of the PDF file.
  5. In the Print dialog box, click More Options under the Pages to Print, and then choose Selected graphic. Print the selected part of the email.

While it's unfortunate that the good old method of opening the message in a browser doesn't work as well in the current versions, saving the email as a PDF provides a reliable alternative to print only the parts you need.

How to print attachments in Outlook

Printing attachments in Outlook is a useful feature when you need physical copies of documents, images, or other files that come with an email. Here's how to manage this task efficiently:

Printing an attachment from Outlook email

The fastest way to print a certain attached file is this:

  1. Open an email in the Outlook desktop app.
  2. Right-click the attachment icon, then choose Quick Print from the drop-down menu. Print an email attachment from Outlook.
  3. If the file type requires it, Outlook may prompt you to open or save the attachment before printing. Choose the option that best suits your needs. Open or save the attachment before printing if required.

The attachment will be sent to the default printer without any further action needed.

Printing attachments along with email

To include attachments in the message printout, follow these steps:

  1. Open the message that contains the attachments.
  2. Click the File tab and select Print.
  3. In the dialog box that opens, click Print Options.
  4. Under Print options, select the Print attached files check box.
Printing attachments together with the email.

This way, you can print both the email and its attachments in one go. Once this setting is enabled, it will remain active until you choose to turn it off.


  • Attachments will always print to the default printer. If you wish to send the attachment to a different printer, double-click the attached file to open it, and then use the print command in the application where the attachment opens.
  • Some file types must be opened before they can be printed. For these, Outlook will display a message asking you to open or save the attachment before it can be printed.
  • Unfortunately, in the new Outlook and web app, it's not possible to print attachments directly from an email. You'll need to first open each attachment in the application it corresponds to, such as a PDF reader for .pdf files or Microsoft Word for .docx files, and then print it separately from there.

How to print multiple Outlook emails at once

When you need hard copies of several messages, perform these simple steps:

  1. Select the emails. Start by selecting all the messages you want to print. To do this, click on each email while holding down the Ctrl key. You can also use the Shift key to select a range of emails.
  2. Quick Print. Right-click the selection and choose Quick Print from the context menu.

And that's all there is to it! The selected emails will go directly to your default printer with no extra moves. Print multiple Outlook emails at once.

Tips and notes:

  • To configure various options and preferences before printing, use the Ctrl + P shortcut to access the print menu.
  • To print several emails together with all their attachments, make sure the Print attached files option is selected in your settings (see the previous section).
  • In the new Outlook and web app, the Quick Print feature is not available and the print shortcut does not work for multiple emails, which means you'll need to print each message individually.

And there you have it - printing emails in Outlook made simple. These methods should cover all your needs, be it dealing with a single message or a batch of emails with attachments. So go ahead, give it a try, and take control of your emails in a way that suits your needs, whether it's for archiving, referencing, or presenting.

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    Do you have directions on who to only print a selected part of an email? I cannot figure out how to do this or find anything on the web for it. Thank you.

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