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How to Forward Mail in Windows 8

How to Forward Mail in Windows 8

Forwarding email should be an easy and familiar task, right? In Windows 8 mail, however, the “forward” option isn’t in the most obvious location.

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We were compelled to write this because the issue has come up several times here. So after being asked, “How do I forward an email in Windows 8 again?” we figured that this question must come up outside of just our offices.

The simple answer is that “forward” is buried as a drop-down option on the “Respond” button.

When you click on “Respond” you’ll be given the option to Reply, Reply All, and Forward.

This of course begs the question as to why Microsoft felt compelled to combine “forward” and “reply” into the same button, which is completely counter-intuitive.

What do you think of the Windows 8 mail app?

Windows 8 mail hides the "Forward" option under "Respond"

Windows 8 mail hides the “Forward” option under “Respond”


  • verboseaphasia`

    I’d much rather just have my forward button back. I keep forgetting. Everything about windows 8 is a step backwards. It’s putting tablet controls on a laptop and it’s driving me up the wall.

  • paul burton

    It is hard to believe “intelligent” people could devise windows 8. Such an unusable program. It is not intuitive and requires relearning Windows together with extreme frustration. Further the new HP laptop is so infested with apps for cleaning files, cleaning registries, fixing this and fixing that, the computer is useless. Win 8 is Steve Balmer’s revenge. Am about ready to throw the laptop into the trash.

  • Kat

    I think it is ridiculous. So far, W8 has been the most annoying and stupid “improvement” Windows has done to date, They remove the games (yes, I know you can find them in apps),they make mail more confusing…and they make what used to be easy (switching from one application to another) a damn chore as now you have to close every darn thing you looked at. Hate it…absolutely hate it.

  • Thinus

    windows 8 mail… signatures can’t have jpeg format inserted, my forwarding option doesn’t work! click the damn this and nothing happens.

  • Karen

    I absolutely hate Windows 8. Everything I want to do is a challenge or a complete frustration and takes me forever to figure out how to do what use to be so simple with Windows 7.

    I am not able to forward emails and have my address book pop up so I can pick who I want to forward my emails to.

    I am very disappointed and wish I had never bought my new laptop with Windows 8.

  • Shirley Tyler

    thanks for help with ‘forwarding’….this windows 8 is rubbish. No read request, can’t access my alias (have to go on my laptop which has windows 7 thank god), can’t add to my contacts, can’t do spell check. Their help site is useless.

  • Prateek

    When i receive an email with an attachment,and i forward it then the attachment does nt forwarded…what cn i do for it? The attachments i receive are of large size, i cannot always download the the attachment..
    And i can’t even attach pdf file while composing…this was never expected by windows..!!

  • neil

    Hi the guy who did windows 8 should be shot it is a total nightmare can not forward anything how do I back to windows 7

  • Larry Anklam

    Can’t believe it (but) I have forwarded mail by hitting the CTRL button and the F button at the same time!

  • Joan Salt

    I am not able to forward mail on windows 8, using the “initial” only, I have to use contacts, only to find that the mail I forwarded arrived BLANK, why can’t I use the first initial, and not use the contact box, which I have been able to do for 3 months since purchase, suddenly I lost the facility to use 1st initial method. Help somebody, its driving me nuts

  • Cindy Kell

    I agree with all the above negative responses. Here is what I did.. go to FORWARD then go to ADD NAMES box. Check the names you want to forward your mail to, hit TO and ok. Then it appears in your TO box so you can forward the email. Hope this makes sense.

  • David

    Check out Classic Shell. I use it and never see windows 8 except in a few cases. It makes your desktop look exactly like it was Windows 7

  • Gayle

    I absolutely HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE!!!!!!!!!! Windows 8. Is there anything I can download to get 7 back again? I’ve heard others have done this but don’t know how to start. I’m older and not very ‘techy’, why in the world would the creator of this junk think Windows 8 was a good idea.

    • leo

      yes you can get win7 back. Question is how did you get win8?

      1. If your machine came preloaded with win7, you should be able to reinstall it from the emergency portion on your hard drive…see your manual for that.

      2. If your machine came with win8, you can buy win7 and reinstall it on your now win8 machine. Some issues might come up that might call for a techie intervention

      3. There is hope…win8.1 does put some “normal, that is the way they should have done it all along” stuff. I am testing win8.1 now

      4. If you cannot wait…there is an application on the internet for free that will let you put the bottom corner back that will show you all your programs and stuff. since I am writing this, I don’t have the link, but search for “how do I make win8 look like the old windows”, and you should get some responses. Word of caution, careful about the scam artists out there. Again, get a “techie” to look over your shoulder or you look over theirs while they install.

      5. Hope this helps…if you really get frustrated…get an Ipad or look up LINUX on the internet, free software, free office suite, very little virus problems, very user friendly, I recommend Lubuntu.

  • deby

    Yep good move firing that windows creator guy!

  • Carol Stells

    Not a problem for me.

  • waffles

    That would be the separate “people” app, though you can see your contacts when selecting an email recipient.

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