How to Send Automatic Email from Excel to Outlook (4 Methods)

When users send emails to their customers or bosses it’s quite hard to keep track. In that case, Excel comes in handy. Therefore, “send automatic email from Excel to Outlook” has been proven to be a time-saving approach. Excel VBA Macros and the HYPERLINK function can send automatic emails or create a draft using Excel entries.

Let’s say we have Employee Restructured Salary data in Excel and we want to send automatic email using Outlook.

Dataset-Send Automatic Email from Excel to Outlook

In this article, we demonstrate multiple variants of VBA Macros and the HYPERLINK function to send automatic email from Excel to Outlook.

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⧭ Opening Microsoft Visual Basic and Inserting Code in Module

Before proceeding to demonstrate any methods, it’s necessary to know the ways to open and insert a Module in the Microsoft Visual Basic in Excel.

🔄 Opening Microsoft Visual Basic: There are mainly 3 ways to open Microsoft Visual Basic window.

1. Using Keyboard Shortcuts: Press ALT+F11 altogether to open Microsoft Visual Basic window.

2. Using Developer Tab: In an Excel worksheet, Go to Developer Tab > Select Visual Basic. The Microsoft Visual Basic window appears.

Microsoft Visual Basic-Send Automatic Email from Excel to Outlook

3. Using Worksheet Tab: Go to any worksheet, Right-Click on it > Choose View Code (from the Context Menu).

View Code

 🔄 Inserting a Module in Microsoft Visual Basic: There are 2 ways to insert a Module in Microsoft Visual Basic window,

1. Using Sheet’s Options: After opening the Microsoft Visual Basic window, select a Worksheet > Right-Click on it > Select Insert (from the Context Menu) > then choose Module.

Module-Send Automatic Email from Excel to Outlook

2. Using Toolbar: You can also do it by selecting Insert (from the Toolbar) > then choosing Module.


4 Easy Ways to Send Automatic Email from Excel to Outlook

Method 1: Using VBA Macro to Automatically Send Email Using Outlook to Selected Recipients

We want to create a Macro execution Button by which we can simply send mail to selected recipients with just a click.

Step 1: Go to the Insert tab > Shapes > Select any of the offered shapes (i.e., Rectangular: Rounded Corners).

Specific Recipients-Send Automatic Email from Excel to Outlook

Step 2: Drag the Plus Icon wherever you want to insert the Shape as shown in the image below.


Step 3: Choose a preferred Shape Fill and Outline Color then right-click on it. Click on Edit Text to insert text.

Edit Text

Step 4: Use the instruction to open Microsoft Visual Basic and insert Module. Paste the following Macro in the Module.

Sub ExcelToOutlookSR()
Dim mApp As Object
Dim mMail As Object
Dim SendToMail As String
Dim MailSubject As String
Dim mMailBody As String
For Each r In Selection
    SendToMail = Range("C" & r.Row)
    MailSubject = Range("F" & r.Row)
    mMailBody = Range("G" & r.Row)
Set mApp = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
Set mMail = mApp.CreateItem(0)
With mMail
    .To = SendToMail
    .Subject = MailSubject
    .Body = mMailBody
    .Display ' You can use .Send
    End With
Next r
End Sub


➤ in the code,

1 – start the macro procedure by declaring the variables as Object and String.

2 – run a VBA FOR loop for each row in the selection to assign Email’s Send To, Subject, and Body using row entries.

3 – assign variables.

4 – perform the VBA With statement to populate Outlook items such as Send To, Mail Subject, etc. Here the macro only executes the Display command to bring out Outlook with an email draft. However, if Send command is used in place or after Display, Outlook will send the created email to the selected recipients.

5 – finish the VBA FOR loop.

Step 5: Return to the Worksheet. Right-click on the Shape then select Assign Macro from the Context Menu options.

Assign Macro

Step 6: Select the Macro (i.e., ExcelToOutlookSR) under the Macro name and choose the Macro in option as This Workbook. Click on OK.

Assign Macro

Step 7: Now, in the worksheet, select one or multiple employees then click on the Shape Button.

Click on Shape Button

Step 8: Excel prompts Outlook to lunch and creates or sends emails to the selected employees. As you select two of the employees, Outlook generates two different email drafts ready to be sent.

Email draft-Send Automatic Email from Excel to Outlook

As the macro only provides the Display command, Outlook just displays the email draft without sending it. Use the Send command to automatically send emails from Excel to Outlook using cell entries.

Read More: Excel Macro to Send Email Automatically (3 Suitable Examples)

Method 2: Sending Email Automatically from Excel to Outlook Depending on Specific Cell Value

What if we want to send automatic email after achieving targets from Excel to Outlook? A Macro code can do this job with ease.

Suppose, we have Quarterly Sales Data as depicted below, after achieving a target (i.e., Sales> 2000) will automatically prompt Outlook to send an email from Excel to an assigned email id.

Dataset-Send Automatic Email from Excel to Outlook

Step 1: Type the following macro code in any Module.

Option Explicit
Dim Rng As Range
Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal mRng As Range)
On Error Resume Next
If mRng.Cells.Count > 1 Then Exit Sub
Set Rng = Intersect(Range("F17"), mRng)
If Rng Is Nothing Then Exit Sub
If IsNumeric(mRng.Value) And Target.Value > 2000 Then
Call ExcelToOutlook
End If
End Sub
Sub ExcelToOutlook()
Dim mApp As Object
Dim mMail As Object
Dim mMailBody As String
Set mApp = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
Set mMail = mApp.CreateItem(0)
mMailBody = "Greetings Sir" & vbNewLine & vbNewLine & _
"Our outlet has quarterly Sales more than the target." & vbNewLine & _
"It's a confirmation mail." & vbNewLine & vbNewLine & _
"Regards" & vbNewLine & _
"Outlet Team"
On Error Resume Next
With mMail
        .To = "[email protected]"
        .CC = ""
        .BCC = ""
        .Subject = "Notification on Achieving Sales Target"
        .Body = mMailBody
        .Display 'or you can use .Send
End With
On Error GoTo 0
Set mMail = Nothing
Set mApp = Nothing
End Sub


➤ From the above image, in the sections,

1 – assign a cell (i.e., F17) within a range to execute the VBA IF statement. If the statement results in True, the macro calls another macro for execution.

2 – declare variable types and assign them to populate Outlook’s entries.

3 – perform VBA With statement to assign variables to email entries. Use the Send command instead of Display in case you directly want to send emails without reviewing them. The recipient email is inserted within the macro. Use alternative methods in case you want an automatic insertion of the recipient’s email id.

4 – clear certain variables from assignation.

Step 2: Use the F5 key to run the macro. In a moment, Excel fetches Outlook with a draft email created automatically as shown in the followings. You can click on Send or auto-send using Send command in the macro.

Specific Value-Send Automatic Email from Excel to Outlook

Read More: Automatically Send Emails from Excel Based on Cell Content (2 Methods)

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Method 3: Using VBA Macro to Send Email with Active Worksheet from Excel by Outlook

Alternatively, there may be instances where we need to send an entire Active Sheet to an assigned email address. In that case, we can use a VBA Custom Function to be called within a macro.

Step 1: Insert the below macro in the Module.

Function ExcelOutlook(mTo, mSub As String, Optional mCC As String, Optional mBd As String) As Boolean
On Error Resume Next
Dim mApp As Object
Dim rItem As Object
Set mApp = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
Set rItem = mApp.CreateItem(0)
With rItem
     .To = mTo
     .CC = ""
     .Subject = mSub
     .Body = mBd
     .Attachments.Add ActiveWorkbook.FullName
     .Display 'or you can use .Send
End With
Set rItem = Nothing
Set mApp = Nothing
End Function
Sub OutlookMail()
Dim mTo As String
Dim mSub As String
Dim mBd As String
mTo = "[email protected]"
mSub = "Quarterly Sales Data"
mBd = "Greetings Sir" & vbNewLine & vbNewLine & _
"Kindly find Outlet's Quarterly Sales data attached with this mail." & vbNewLine & _
"It's a notification mail." & vbNewLine & vbNewLine & _
"Regards" & vbNewLine & _
"Outlet Team"
If ExcelOutlook(mTo, mSub, , mBd) = True Then
    MsgBox "Successfully created the Mail draft or Sent"
End If
End Sub

Macro-Send Automatic Email from Excel to Outlook

➤ From the above image, the code’s sections,

1 – declare and set the variables.

2 – assign the commands using the VBA With statement. Use the Display or Send command for reviewing or direct sending emails respectively.

3 – clear the previously set variables.

4 – assign the VBA With commands with texts.

5 – execute the VBA Custom Function.

Step 2: To execute the macro press F5, and instantly Excel brings out the Outlook with a draft email to review similar to the below image. Afterward, you are good to send it.

Attached Active Worksheet

Read More: How to Send Bulk Email from Outlook Using Excel (3 Ways)

Method 4: Sending Automatic Email from Excel to Outlook Using HYPERLINK Function

The HYPERLINK function generates a clickable link in Excel cells to bring Outlook as a medium to send automatic emails from Excel.

Step 1: Type the following formula in cell H5.

=HYPERLINK("MailTo:"&C5&"?Subject="&F5&"&cc="&$D$2&"&body="&G5,"Click Here")

The HYPERLINK function takes “MailTo:”&C5&”?Subject=”&F5&”&cc=”&$D$2&”&body=”&G5 as link_location, and “Click Here” as friendly_name.

Hyperlink-Send Automatic Email from Excel to Outlook

Step 2: Hit ENTER to paste the link. Then click on the link.

Clickable Link

Step 3: Excel takes you to Outlook. And you see all the Outlook entries are filled with assigned data from Excel. Click on Send.

Email Draft

Step 4: Drag the Fill Handle to apply the formula to other cells.

Outcome-Send Automatic Email from Excel to Outlook

Read More: How to Send Email Automatically When Condition Met in Excel


VBA Macro Variants and HYPERLINK function can be helpful while sending automatic emails from Excel to Outlook. Hope you find your preferred method within the above-described ones. Comment, if you have further inquiries or have anything to add.

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Maruf Islam

My self, Maruf Islam, an engineer and Excel & VBA Content developer on Exceldemy. I enjoy solving problems, finding workable solutions, and most of the part I really like to take on challenges. On Exceldemy I write articles discussing various way outs of Microsoft Excel's stuck ons.

  1. Is it a way to include attached files using the hyperlink function?

    • Greetings Julian Chen,

      Sadly, the HYPERLINK function doesn’t support any attachment links in its arguments. You have to use Other Means to attach files. You can use Method 3 of this article to include an attachment.

      Md. Maruf Islam (Exceldemy Team)

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