There are three ways to send an email from Hotmail: compose a new message, reply or reply to all, and plain old forwarding. This tutorial will explain how to manually forward Hotmail messages inline and as attachments. An inline forward shows the content of the forwarded message inside the body of the new message; when you forward an email "as attachment", it will show as an email file attachment to the recipient: this is a less user friendly approach, for several reasons we'll discuss below, but is the best option if you want to forward multiple emails at the same time.
Tip: this tutorial explains how to manually forward emails to another sender ("redirecting a copy of the message"), not to be confused with the Hotmail Mail Forwarding feature, which automatically sends messages you receive to another email account.
First, sign in to Hotmail if needed - we are assuming that you use Hotmail from a web browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox; the next section in this tutorial will cover checking Hotmail from a email program like Windows Live Mail.
FW:" to designate to the recipients that it is an email forward, and containing in the body the text of the original message.
Click on the "Send" button, and your email forward is on its way!
Forwarding emails as described earlier implies that you only forward a single email at a time: but what if you want to forward a batch of emails to one or more recipients? You can do that, but you can't currently do it from Hotmail inside a web browser. (If you select multiple messages, right-click on one of them, and choose "Forward", Hotmail will instruct you to "Please select just one item and then try again".)
While explaining how to setup your Hotmail account in an email program is beyond the scope of this tutorial, here's how you proceed from the email client of your choice (Outlook, Windows Live Mail, etc.), follow these simple steps:
FYI: The web browser version of Hotmail uses "Ctrl+Shift+F" because the "Ctrl+F" keyboard shortcut is already taken by the "Find text in web page" functionality.
We'll update this tutorial as soon as we learn that the Windows Live team has added support for forwarding multiple emails or emails as attachments from the web browser version of Hotmail. Stay tuned!