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I often find that I am working on a Microsoft Office document (spreadsheet, slideshow, word document, etc) while I have an email chain open in Outlook and I want to create a hyperlink in the email to the document that is open. What I do now is open Windows Explorer, navigate to the saved document and right-click drag into the email chain where I select "Create Hyperlink Here". Is there a way to accomplish this without having to open Windows Explorer and navigate to the containing folder? (Maybe something similar to the way proxy icons work on the Mac?)

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You don't need to open Windows Explorer, but you still need to browse for that file.

Press "Ctrl+K" to open Insert Hyperlink window and browse for the file.

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Getting rid of every click helps but I am really looking to eliminate the step of having to navigate to the document. I find myself thinking, "the computer already knows how to get to the file--why do I have to tell it again." :) – Greg B Jun 23 '11 at 16:52

In office 2010, I can navigate to the folder a bit faster using : File -> Recent -> Recent Places

Hope that helps.

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One can configure the quick access toolbar to show the path and filename of the current file, like so:

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Instructions to do this at With that info it is a simple copy/paste in to the email.

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This answers my original question but it would be nice if I could now find a way to attach the file to an existing email chain. – Greg B Dec 8 '13 at 5:00

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