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Track and log emails with the HubSpot Sales Outlook desktop add-in

Last updated: April 19, 2024

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Use the Track and Log features of the HubSpot Sales Outlook desktop add-in to monitor and keep a record of your contacts' engagement with your emailsWith the track feature enabled, you can receive real-time notifications when a contact opens your email. You can also choose to log the email to the contact's record in HubSpot to keep a record of all past communication for your team to reference.

Please note: due to the significant changes introduced by Microsoft as part of the new Outlook for Windows, HubSpot will no longer develop new functionality for the HubSpot Sales Outlook desktop add-in. The desktop add-in will remain supported, but it's highly recommended that you instead activate the HubSpot Sales web add-in. Learn more in this HubSpot Community post.

Please note: if you've turned on data privacy settings in your account, your legal team is the best resource to determine how your company uses email logging and tracking. You can also customize your extension settings to disable this functionality for a specific message or for specific contacts or email domains. Any existing contacts who have not granted a lawful basis for data processing will be tracked anonymously.

Before getting started, note the difference between a tracked email and a logged email:


  • Log: use the log feature to log a copy of an email to a record in HubSpot. Any attachments included in the email will also log to the contact's record. Log your emails to keep a record of past communication. Logged emails do not give you insight into open or click information.


Keep in mind that you can send an email that is both tracked and logged. That way, you'll have a record of the email communication and open information in HubSpot.

This article covers tracking and logging emails with the HubSpot Sales Outlook desktop add-in. If you are using the Office 365 add-in, learn how to track and log emails with the Office 365 add-in in this guide: Track and log emails with the Office 365 add-in.

Please note: the Outlook desktop add-in will appear in any email address that you have set up in your Outlook account. Therefore, emails sent from any of these email addresses will track if tracking is enabled. Emails sent from an additional email address will only log to HubSpot when logging is enabled if the email address is connected to HubSpot or added as an alias in your profile & preferences. 

Tracking emails

To send a tracked email using the Outlook desktop add-in from your Outlook desktop account on a PC:

  • Log in to your Outlook account.
  • Compose a new email.
  • Enter the email recipient, subject line, and email body.
  • Select the Track Email checkbox in the message ribbon, then click Send.
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View the tracked email's status

Before your contact opens the email, the email subject line and recipient will show in your activity feed in HubSpot as Sent.


When the recipient opens the email, you'll receive a real-time pop-up notification on your desktop and the email notification marked as Open in your activity feed. Click the dropdown menu below the contact's name to see when the recipient opened your email. You will also see a history of the contact's activities listed in the dropdown menu.

Please note: real-time notifications will appear when you send tracked emails using the Office 365 add-in and if you have the HubSpot Sales Chrome extension. If not, you'll only see activity in your HubSpot activity feed.


You can also see how your contacts are engaging with your tracked emails from the Chrome extension. To access your activity feed from the Chrome extension, click the HubSpot sprocket icon sprocket in the upper-right corner of your Chrome browser. 

Learn more about email tracking and sales notifications and how to disable tracking.

Logging emails

To log an email and add new contacts to HubSpot from a logged email, the email address you send from in your email client must be one of the following:

You can specify email addresses and domains that you never want to log emails for in your HubSpot account settings. Or you can add these email addresses and domains in your add-in settings.

Please note: email attachments larger than 50 MB will not log to HubSpot. Your email will still be delivered successfully to the contact and will log to the CRM, but without an attachment. 

To send a logged email using the Outlook desktop add-in from your Outlook desktop account on a PC:

  • Compose a new email in Outlook.
  • Enter the email recipient, subject line, and email body.
  • In the message ribbon, select Log to CRM. Your BCC address will auto-populate in the BCC field.
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  • You can choose to log the email to the email recipients' associated records.
    • By default, the add-in will automatically select the contact's five most recent associated deal or ticket records to log emails to. 
    • To explicitly select which associated records to log the email to:
      • Below the Log to CRM checkbox, click the records dropdown menu. 
      • Select the checkboxes next to the records to log the email to.
      • If you're sending the email to a recipient who isn't contact in your CRM, a new contact record will be created. You'll see the contact's email listed when editing the associations. Clear the checkbox if you don't want the email to log to the new contact record. Learn how to log emails to existing contacts only. 
  • Click Send.

You can customize which associated records your emails are automatically logged to in your Outlook desktop add-in settings. If you are using marketing contacts, a new contact created by a logged email will be set as non-marketing

Please note: if a new contact is created through a logged email, the HubSpot user who sent the email will be automatically assigned as the contact owner, as long as no previous owner has been assigned. 

View the logged email in HubSpot

Email that are logged to HubSpot using the Outlook desktop add-in will automatically be associated to the records that you specified before sending the email. To see the logged email in HubSpot:

To see the logged email in HubSpot:

  • In your HubSpot account, navigate to your records:
    • Contacts: In your HubSpot account, navigate to CRM > Contacts.
    • Companies: In your HubSpot account, navigate to CRM > Companies.
    • Deals: In your HubSpot account, navigate to CRM > Deals.
    • Tickets: In your HubSpot account, navigate to CRM > Tickets.
  • Click the name of the record.
  • On the timeline, locate the logged email. From the email, you can do the following:
    1. Associated records: click to edit the associated records. 
    2. Pin: click to pin the email to the top if the timeline.
    3. Delete: click to delete the email activity from the timeline.
    4. Details: click to see specific information about the email send.
    5. Expand: click to see the full body of the email. If there's an ongoing email conversation, click View thread to see all of the emails in the thread.
    6. Attachments: click to open attachments associated with this specific email send.
    7. Reply: click Reply to send an email reply to the contact from HubSpot. Logged-email-contact-record

Please note: in order to send email replies from HubSpot and log incoming replies to HubSpot, you must have a connected inbox.

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