Want to forward an email using Outlook, but you don't want to open it first? Sounds odd, but there are a number of reasons why you might want to do this, such as to report spam, submit suspicious messages for virus scanning, or even to forward misdirected messages. Unfortunately, the default for Outlook is to include (and therefore open) the message in a new message window, which could lead to unwanted results. There is a way to get around this feature using the Rules Wizard.
  1. <LI>Using the Rules Wizard, create a new rule, and select "Check messages when they arrive"
    <LI>What condition(s) do you want to check? Select "with specific words in the subject" and enter the subject from the message you want to forward. Be specific enough to make sure you don't accidentally trap unintended messages.
    <LI>What do you want to do with the message? Select "[permanently] delete it" and "forward it to people or distribution list [as an attachment]". Enter the address(es) you want to forward the message to.
    <LI>Add any exceptions? Probably not necessary, since the subject text entered per #2 above should be adequate.
    <LI>Finally, select "Run this rule now on messages already in 'Inbox'" to run this rule.
Save and activate this rule if you want to keep it available for other messages. If this becomes a permanent addition to your rules however, it might be advisable to set up some exceptions to fine tune which messages it does or does not work on.