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Attaching Files To Your Hotmail Emails

By Dave Taylor

I have a friend's e-mail address and I want to send them a file from my computer. How do I send it to them by e-mail?

Dave's Answer:

Whether you used a web-based e-mail service like Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, or GMail, or a program installed on your home computer like Microsoft Outlook, you might sometimes need to send a file to a friend by e-mail.

I'll show you how to do this in Hotmail; the steps for Yahoo Mail, GMail, and Microsoft Outlook are similar. A file that is sent with an e-mail is called an attachment; in all e-mail services or programs, when you're composing a new e-mail message, you should be able to see an option to add an "attachment" to the message.

Below is the screen that appears when you're composing a new message in Hotmail; to add an attachment, click the "Attach" link:

hotmail attach link

When you click that link, you will be prompted to locate the file you want to send. (The image below is what appears if you do this on a Windows computer; on a Macintosh or other systems it will look different).

windows find file

Most Windows programs store files under the "My Documents" folder, which you can locate by clicking "My Documents" in the left-hand side of that screen. Microsoft Word, for example, saves new Word documents in the "My Documents" folder; most modern graphics programs will save pictures by default in the "My Pictures" folder, which is inside the "My Documents" folder. Once you've located the file that you want to attach, click "Open". (Which is slightly confusing, because you're not actually opening the file, you're selecting it to be attached to your message, but that's just how it works.)

Now, after a brief interval during which the file is being uploaded to the Hotmail site, you will see the message displayed with the name of the file that has been attached:

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About the Author:
Dave Taylor has been involved with the Internet since 1980 and is internationally known as an expert on both business and technology issues. Holder of an MSEd and MBA, author of twenty books and founder of four startups, he also runs a strategic marketing company and consults with firms seeking the best approach to working with weblogs and social networks. Dave is an award-winning speaker and frequent guest on radio and podcast programs.

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