I am using Gmail.

I know how to forward an email received from A to B, by simply choosing the forward option for the email to be forwarded, and putting B's address there.

But I wonder how to forward an email received from A to B, within a reply to another email received from B? Or what do people usually do alternatively in such a case?


3 Answers 3


I think copy and paste is your only option here. There is (to my knowledge) no way of attaching another email to a new one in gmail.

  • Thanks! What about in other webmails or web clients, besides gmail?
    – Tim
    Commented Feb 16, 2012 at 13:45
  • @Tim: Gmail is one of the most popular email clients, so ...
    – Gigili
    Commented Feb 16, 2012 at 18:42
  • Can't say I've got much experience with other email clients, aside from Outlook. I know in Outlook you can attach other emails to a new email, therefore you might be able to use this function in Hotmail. However I don't suggest going to the 'dark side' yet.
    – AlasdairCM
    Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 12:27
  • I have not seen this feature in yahoo mail, Office 365 or outlook web access. Commented Feb 18, 2012 at 16:42
  • @Tim I think you'll have to mark this answer as the correct one, because this is your only option. When you click forward copy everything and past it in the reply of the other mail.. that would happen even if you had a build in option. Some clients doing that by attaching the email as file.. something is not really practical anyway using Gmail..
    – Lipis
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 18:36

Best way I found is to hit 'print all' in the email you want to forward and save as PDF. Then simply attach the PDF to your reply.

  • Warning: this loses most of the header and attachments.
    – ChrisJJ
    Commented Jul 19, 2023 at 12:18

Email clients usually group emails by title (and other stuff).

So you are able to forward an email in Gmail, as a reply in another thread, if you edit the subject to the same exact subject on the other thread (this will maintain images and other attachments properly!).

In this case, your are actually moving your email, so it won't show as a "forwarded email" in the original thread.

Just confirmed it works, so it might help other people. It should work with other clients such as Outlook too.

I hate receiving emails > with attached emails > with attached other stuff

  • I tried to do that while prefixing Re: to the subject as it seems how all "linked" threads look like. It did not work in GMail. It does not appear as a reply to a person I wanted to reply to. I don't know how said person sees it though.
    – mlt
    Commented Dec 3, 2020 at 19:23
  • I too believe it often fails. Identical subject is not necessarily sufficient to join a new message into an existing thread.
    – ChrisJJ
    Commented Jul 19, 2023 at 12:20

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