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Opening Attachments in Outlook 2007 by Keyboard

A reader wrote in a while back asking if there was a hotkey to open attachments in Outlook. Since this thought had occurred to me a number of times before, I looked for a way to do it. Turns out it’s really fairly simple, and I’m sure many of you already realized how to do this.

Open the message and then use Shift+Tab, which will select the Message field as shown highlighted below:

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From here you can use the arrow keys to select the different attachments. If the attachment is an image, it will automatically preview below, as will certain types of office documents. 

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To open the attachment in the default application, just hit the Enter key. You’ll probably get a message similar to this one: 

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And that ends the mystery of the missing attachments hotkey.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/18/07

Comments (3)

  1. Steve Aronson

    How do I uncheck the “Always ask before opening this type of file” in the example above. It was easy on Outlook2003, but I can’t fin such an option in Outlook2007.
    Thanks -

  2. Leroy Guidry

    I’ve been looking for an answer to this as well. It’s a little thing, but it’s a thing.

  3. Rajkumar

    Hi Team,

    Im using outlook 2007, if i receive an ZIP file attachment, no problem in receiving it, if i open the attachment for the first time it is diaapperaing immediately. How to fix this. after opening it is showing attachment size as 4 KB. Original content is missing

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