How to Send Mail Attachments in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

Sending a file through the Windows 10 Mail app works much like saving an attached file, although in reverse: Instead of grabbing a file from an email and saving it into a folder, you’re grabbing a file from a folder and saving it in an email.

To send a file as an attachment in the Mail app, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Mail app and create a new email.

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  2. Click the Insert tab from the Mail app’s top menu and then choose Attach File from the drop-down menu.

    When you choose Attach File from the drop-down menu, File Explorer’s Open window appears to show the contents of your Documents folder.

    If the Documents folder contains the file you’d like to send, jump to Step 4. To send something from a different folder, move to Step 3.

  3. Navigate to the storage area and file you want to send.

    Click the words This PC along the Open window’s left edge, and a menu appears listing all of your storage areas. Most files are stored in your Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos folders.

    Click a folder’s name to see the files it contains. Not the right folder? Click the Up Arrow icon to move back out of the folder and try again.

  4. Click the file you want to send and click the Open button.

    Click a file to select it. To select several files, hold down the Ctrl key while selecting them. Selected too many files? Deselect unwanted files by clicking their names yet again. When you click the Attach button, the Mail app adds the file or files to your email.

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  5. Click the Send button.

    The Mail app whisks off your mail and its attachment to the recipient.

When you send an attached file, you’re only sending a copy. Your original stays safely on your computer.