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[ Updated for UWP apps on Windows 10. For Windows 8.x articles, see the archive ]

Shows how to launch the compose email dialog to allow the user to send an email message. You can pre-populate the fields of the email with data before showing the dialog. The message will not be sent until the user taps the send button.

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Launch the compose email dialog

Create a new EmailMessage object and set the data that you want to be pre-populated in the compose email dialog. Call ShowComposeNewEmailAsync to show the dialog.

private async Task ComposeEmail(Windows.ApplicationModel.Contacts.Contact recipient,
    string messageBody,
    StorageFile attachmentFile)
    var emailMessage = new Windows.ApplicationModel.Email.EmailMessage();
    emailMessage.Body = messageBody;

    if (attachmentFile != null)
        var stream = Windows.Storage.Streams.RandomAccessStreamReference.CreateFromFile(attachmentFile);

        var attachment = new Windows.ApplicationModel.Email.EmailAttachment(


    var email = recipient.Emails.FirstOrDefault<Windows.ApplicationModel.Contacts.ContactEmail>();
    if (email != null)
        var emailRecipient = new Windows.ApplicationModel.Email.EmailRecipient(email.Address);

    await Windows.ApplicationModel.Email.EmailManager.ShowComposeNewEmailAsync(emailMessage);


Summary and next steps

This topic has shown you how to launch the compose email dialog. For information on selecting contacts to use as recipients for an email message, see Select contacts. See PickSingleFileAsync to select a file to use as an email attachment.