How can I send an attachment through e-mail?

EmailThere are far too many e-mail programs for us to cover them all. This page contains information on how to attach files to an e-mail in each of the popular services. You may have to adapt the following steps to fit the specific application you use.

Click one of the links below to go directly to the application you need help with, or scroll down to read through the entire document.

Tips for sending attachments in e-mail
Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express
Mozilla Thunderbird
Microsoft Hotmail
Gmail
Yahoo!

Tips for sending pictures through e-mail

The following are important points to consider when sending any attachment through e-mail.

  • It is common courtesy to send only one to five attachments in a single e-mail. If you have more than five pictures, we suggest you post them online and send a link to that site, or compress all the files into one.
  • If you want to send a video through e-mail, it's generally a better idea to send a link to the video instead.
  • If the file you want to send is larger than 25 MB, we suggest you post it using one of the services mentioned above because most Internet e-mail services have 25 MB as their limit.

Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express

Attaching pictures to a Microsoft Outlook e-mail

  1. Open Microsoft Outlook.
  2. Reply to an existing e-mail, or compose a new e-mail by clicking on the New icon in the top left portion of the window.
  3. In the e-mail, click on the Insert file icon that looks like a small paper clip, or click on Insert at the top of the window and choose a picture.
  4. Once you've located the file, double-click to attach it.

If the attachment is successful, you should see a link and usually an icon with the file name(s) in your message. Once you're ready to send the message, click the Send button.

Alternative method using Outlook:

  1. Open My computer or Windows explorer and move to the location of where your files are located.
  2. Highlight and copy the picture you want to send.
  3. Open a new e-mail or reply message, then right-click in the body portion of the e-mail and select paste.

Tip: How do I select or highlight multiple files?

Mozilla Thunderbird

Attaching files to a Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail

  1. Open Mozilla Thunderbird.
  2. Reply to an existing e-mail, or compose a new one by clicking on the Write icon in the top left portion of the window.
  3. In the e-mail, click on the Attach icon; it looks like a large paper clip and is located at the top of the window.
  4. Browse to the location of the file you want to insert, highlight it, and click Ok.

If the attachment is successful, you should see a link and usually an icon with the file name(s) in your message. Once you're ready to send the message, click the Send button.

Microsoft Hotmail

Attaching files to a Microsoft Hotmail e-mail

  1. Log into your Hotmail account at http://www.hotmail.com.
  2. Click the New Message link.
  3. Click the Attach and then the File link.
  4. Click the Browse button and move to the location of the file you want to attach.
  5. Click Ok and then Attach Another if you want to do more than one attachment.

If the attachment is successful, you should see a link and usually an icon with the file name(s) in your message. Once you're ready to send the message, click the Send button.

Gmail

Tip: You may attach multiple pictures at the same time by holding down the Ctrl key, and then clicking each file individually.

Attaching files to a Gmail e-mail

  1. Log into your Gmail account at http://www.gmail.com.
  2. Click the Compose Mail link.
  3. Click the Attach a file link.
  4. Click the Browse button and navigate to the file you want to attach.
  5. Click Ok.

Gmail attach icon

If the attachment is successful, you should see a link and usually an icon with the file name(s) in your message. Once you're ready to send the message, click the Send button.

Yahoo!

Attaching files to Yahoo! e-mail

  1. Log into your Yahoo! account at http://www.yahoo.com.
  2. Click Compose in the top left-hand corner.
  3. Either drag and drop the files you're sending into the message body or click the Paper clip Icon at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Select the file you'd like to attach.
  5. Click Open.
  6. Repeat for additional files.

If the attachment is successful, you should see a link and usually an icon with the file name(s) in your message. Once you're ready to send the message, click the Send button.

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