How to Download Mail Attachments in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

Just like with your current email app, the Mail app in Windows 10 enables you to receive and download attachments. When an attachment arrives in an email, you’ll recognize it: A paperclip icon rests next to the email’s subject. And when you open the email, you see a generic photo thumbnail or a message saying, “Download Message and Pictures.”

Saving the attached file or files takes just a few steps:

  1. Download the attached file.

    The Mail app doesn’t download the files until you specifically give it the command. Instead, the Mail app places shows generic thumbnails — placeholders for attached folders — along the email’s top edge.

    You can save the file either of two ways:

    • Click the attached file’s generic thumbnail icon. When the thumbnail shows a miniature of the attached file, right-click it and choose Save.

    • Right-click the attached file and choose Download form the pop-up menu. When the download completes, the generic thumbnails fill in with photos representing the newly downloaded files.

  2. Choose a storage area to receive the saved file.

    File Explorer’s Save As window appears, shown here, ready for you to save the file in your Documents folder. To save it someplace else, choose any folder listed along the Save As window’s left edge. Or, click the words This PC, also on the window’s left edge, and begin browsing to the folder that should receive the file.

    To save an attached file, right-click it, choose Save or Download from the pop-up menu, choose a lo
    To save an attached file, right-click it, choose Save or Download from the pop-up menu, choose a location to save the file, and click the Save button.

    Saving the file inside one of your four main folders — Documents, Pictures, Videos, or Music — is the easiest way to ensure you’ll be able to find it later. When you choose a folder, you see a list of existing folders where you can stash your new file.

    To create a new folder inside your currently viewed folder, click the New Folder button from the menu along the folder’s top and, when the new folder appears, type in a name for the folder.

  3. Click the Save button in the Save As window’s bottom-right corner.

    The Mail app saves the file in the folder of your choosing.

After you’ve saved the file, the attachment still remains inside the email. That’s because saving attachments always saves a copy of the sent file. If you accidentally delete or botch an edit on your saved file, you can always return to the original email and save the attached file yet again.

Windows Defender, the built-in virus checker in Windows, automatically scans your incoming email for evil file attachments.