# Attach Files to a new Outlook 2016 message in Mac OS Sierra

## Attaching files to e-mail

I often want to attach files from Finder to a new e-mail, and I use Outlook from Office 365 on Mac OS Sierra.

I know you can drag the selected file(s) to the Outlook icon in the Dock. But this is often an extra action. I just want to right click, and “Share”, or similar.

Apparently Outlook 2016 (Office 365) does not ship anymore with the handy Automater scripts that used to accompany Outlook.

## Using Applescript and Automator

After searching around the internet for different options, I found out that using Applescript together with Automator is the easiest way to do this.

In Automator:

• create a new Service (File->new->Service)
• At the top right, make sure you select that the services receives selected ‘Files or folders’ in ‘Finder.App’.
• Then from the left Action menu, search for Run Applescript and drag that to the window on the right.
• For the script insert:
on run {input, parameters}
set SelectedItems to input

tell application "Microsoft Outlook"
set newMessage to make new outgoing message
tell newMessage
repeat with aFile in SelectedItems
make new attachment with properties {file:aFile}
end repeat
end tell
open newMessage
get newMessage
activate
end tell
return input
end run

• Then save the service (File->Save). The name of the file will be the name in the Finder right-click menu! (I used: ‘Attach to Outlook e-mail.workflow’)

Now when you go to Finder, select one or more files, and then right-click, you will see ‘Attach to Outlook e-mail’ at the bottom of the menu! Woohoo!

## Breakdown

So what does the Applescript do? Let’s break it down.

• When the service is called (from Finder), save the selected files to the SelectedItems variable.

on run {input, parameters}
set SelectedItems to input

• Then let Outlook create a new e-mail message in newMessage

	tell application "Microsoft Outlook"
set newMessage to make new outgoing message

• And add all files from SelectedItems as attachments to the e-mail

		tell newMessage
repeat with aFile in SelectedItems
make new attachment with properties {file:aFile}
end repeat
end tell

• Don’t forget to open the new message (otherwise it stays in ‘Drafts’)

		open newMessage
get newMessage

• And show Outlook, otherwise it might happen on a different Desktop.

		activate
end tell
return input
end run