email attachments - the basicsDifficulty in working with email attachments is one of the most common problems I hear from students. And although the number one issue is normally “I can’t open or see some of the email attachments that I get”, I hear about all kinds of other problems as well…

  • I got an email attachment and I don’t know what to do with it.
  • Someone sent me a picture as an email attachment but I don’t know how to save it.
  • I want to send someone a file, but I don’t know how to attache it.

And the list goes on.

The first thing to keep in mind about email attachments, is that they are nothing more than files that you are “piggybacking” along with a regular email message. Basically, it’s just a way to send a file with an email.

Email attachments have been used in the business world to propagate important documents for years. It wasn’t really until the digital photography revolution (i.e. folks like you and I taking digital pictures) that the typical home computer user really started using attachments.

And today, the most popular use is to share pictures.

Yes, I know that Facebook is really the number-one picture sharing service, but a lot of people still use email to send their pictures to family and friends.

Anyway, with all the questions I get about attachments, I guess it’s about time that I finally come out with a short video blog on the subject. The video below is not a comprehensive look at attachments, but just something to give you the basics and help you get started with them.

Email Attachments – the Basics

Click the lower-right corner button (above) to go Full Screen—>>>full screen button

Once the video starts playing, click the “gear” button (above) to change the video quality—>>>fix camera lag

As always, I’d love to hear about your own personal experiences (or problems) with email attachments. You can leave your comments below!


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