How to Send a Photo or Word File by Email

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Sometimes you might want to send someone a document or file that’s on your hard drive – for example, a photo you’ve taken. Last week, I showed you how to download a photo from an email to your computer’s hard drive. This week, I’ll show you how to upload one from your hard drive to an email.  

The first step is to open up your whichever mail service you use – Hotmail, Gmail, AOL or Yahoo, for example, open a “new email” window and enter the email address you’re sending your picture to and type something into the “subject” line to describe what you’re sending.

Then, you’ll need to attach your file to that email. Here’s how:

If you use Yahoo Mail, Hotmail or AOL Mail

I’m going to show you the steps using Yahoo Mail as an example; you’ll use the same steps in Hotmail and AOL Mail.

1. After opening a new email window, click the “paper clip” icon.

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2. A window will pop up showing you a list of the folders and files that are on  your desktop.

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3. Let’s assume that you’re keeping the file you want to send – in this case, a photograph – in “My Files.” Double click on “My Files” and its contents will open in another pop-up window.

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4. Double click on the photograph or file you want to send, and it will attach to your email message.

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5. Press send – your email with the attachment is underway!

 If You Use Gmail

Once you’ve opened a new email window, click on “Attach a File.” 

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2. A window will pop up showing you a list of the folders and files that are on  your desktop.

3. Let’s assume that you’re keeping the file you want to send – in this case, a photograph – in “My Files.” Double click on “My Files” and its contents will open in another pop-up window.

4. Double click on the photograph or file you want to send, and it will attach to your email message.

5. Press send.

Sometimes, if the file you’re uploading is a very large one, you might find you have to wait for the file to load before you hit the “send” button. You’ll see the progress bar while that’s happening – just watch for it to indicate that your file is 100 percent loaded.

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