Send and Receive an E-Mail Attachment in Windows Mail - dummies

Send and Receive an E-Mail Attachment in Windows Mail

By Andy Rathbone

E-mails consist of more than just words. To send or receive a file with your e-mail, you send or receive an attachment. An attachment is a file that piggybacks onto an e-mail message.

Windows Mail lets you send files any of several ways. Start by composing a new message. But before clicking the Send button, drag and drop your file inside the message. Windows Mail tacks on the file, listing its name in the new Attach line beneath the mail’s subject line, as shown in the following figure.

Use the Attach line to attach your file.
Use the Attach line to attach your file.

You can also right-click a file, choose Send To from the pop-up menu, and select Mail Recipient. Windows Mail opens a new e-mail for you with that file attached, waiting for you to choose a recipient.

Added a file you want to remove? Right-click its name and choose Remove.

You can e-mail just about any file, the only exception being size: E-mails larger than about 5MB tend to stick in the Internet’s pipes rather than fly off to their recipient. To check a file’s size, right-click its name or icon and choose Properties: The file’s size appears among the fine print on the General tab.

Because digital files often surpass the 5MB limit, especially when you try to attach more than one, Windows Mail can help out by shrinking the photos. The photos still fit on your recipient’s screen nicely, but they consume much less file space.

E-mail makes it easy to send files to friends around the world. They’re so easy to send, in fact, that virus writers quickly picked up on the trend, creating viruses that spread themselves by mailing a copy of themselves to everybody in the recipient’s address book. Never open an e-mail attachment that comes from someone you don’t know.