On a related subject to my previous post (Saving emails without Attachments) one other Microsoft Outlook attachment challenge I frequently come across is how best to respond to an email which asks me to review and make changes to an enclosed file. If you simply hit Reply (or Reply to All, as appropriate), Outlook ditches the attachments assuming you no longer need them. However, if you hit Forward, the attachments are preserved. So here's what I do:
If you always want to send back the original message (attachments and all) when replying to emails you can change an Outlook setting to do this. But only do this if really needed because doing so uses a lot more bandwidth and storage as every email you reply to gets duplicated in full. Here's how:
Now if you need to edit an email attachment that you've been sent you should hit Reply or Reply to All then open the attachment, choose Edit Message from the Edit menu before opening, editing and saving the attachment.
I prefer my way of doing things (the first set of instructions in this blog) because that way I'm always in control. And with a little practice it's as easy as falling off a bike.