Sending Pictures and Files with Email

Sending pictures or files via email is not as difficult as you might think, and in this post I will demonstrate how to do that.

No matter how simple this may sound to you, there are a lot of people who doesn't know how to send a picture, a text file or something like that via email. I know at least two person who didn't know that before I showed them how to do. Nobody is born with a computer in their lap and that's why I wanted to make this mini tutorial.

In this short post, I will demonstrate how to send an image or text file or anything like that to your friend, to a family member or to your colleague via email. Since I use Yahoo Mail (and I highly recommend it), I will be using it to demonstrate how to send a file through email. Know that it is quite similar with other email providers but if you get stuck somewhere and need help, please let me know.

Let me start with explaining what an attachment is. When you add a file (image, text, pdf, software, audio file etc.) to your email, it is called an attachment. You can send almost any type of files within an email, as an attachment. Each email provider (Yahoo, GMail, Live, AOL,...) will have different set of rules about sending attachments such as the allowed file types or the file size limit and you can learn about this on the help section of your email provider. If you are using Yahoo Mail like me, you can check this page.

Ok, here are the steps of sending a file attachment with email:

1. Login to your email account using your username and password.

2. Find the Compose Message button and click it.

You will see three tabs named as Attachments, Emoticons and Formats as shown in the image below:

Sending Attachments with Email

3. Select the Attachments tab and click the Attach Files button.

4. A small window will pop up. Find the file(s) you want to attach to your email and click ok.

As far as I know, this build of Yahoo Email allows you to add attachments one by one, so if you want to send a lot of files at one go, you can pack them in a zip or rar archive and send as one single file. You can use 7-zip, a free file archiver, to pack your files.

5. Once everything is ready (the subject line, message body and the attachments) you can send the email by hitting the Send button.

By the way, with Yahoo Mail, you can send up to 25MB of files in total per email, which is the total of your email body and the attachments.

As you can see, it is pretty easy to send pictures, text or audio files with email. I hope you will find this mini tutorial helpful, please let me know if you have any questions.

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