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What are E-mail Attachments?

Raul from Puerto Rico asks:

This may sound ridiculous, but I’m still a novice when it comes to e-mail. For example, what are attachments?

Hey, Raul – it’s not a ridiculous questions at all – hopefully this offers some insight. 

An e-mail attachment is a file you include with an e-mail. For example, let’s say you have a text document or picture you want to share with someone. You can “attach” this document to an e-mail and send it off to them.

How do you attach it? Usually via a little paper clip icon in your e-mail software. Just click it and you should get a dialog box that lets you navigate to, and attach, the file of your choice.


And no, it doesn’t take the file off your computer, it only sends a copy of it.

A word of caution though. Keep an eye on the size of the file you’re sending. Your recipient may not appreciate downloading a 200 megabyte  file.

~ Steve