Editing received messages and subjects

Is there any way to edit a received message?
I sometimes receive a message without a subject or with lots of unneeded text (like a big signature or a long list of previous addresses). I’d like to keep the rest of the message, and just strip that content or add a subject.

Yes, this is possible, although it seems like the editing feature gets more buried with every new Outlook version ;-).

Editing a subject
To edit the subject of a received message, you’ll have to open the message in its own window by double clicking it. Although the subject field may not look editable, you can actually already type in the field now making any changes you want.
When you close the message, you’ll be prompted to save the changes or not.

Editing a message
To edit the message content itself, you’ll also have to open the message in its won window first and then put the message in edit mode;

  • Outlook 2003 and previous
    Edit-> Edit Message
  • Outlook 2007
    Tab: Message-> group: Actions-> button: Other Actions-> Edit Message
  • Outlook 2010
    Tab: Message-> group: Move-> button: Actions-> Edit Message

When you close the message, you’ll be prompted to save the changes or not.

Edit Message command in Outlook 2010
The Edit Message command in Outlook 2010 is (strangely?) not located in the Editing group.

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