How to use Attachments with...

Outlook Express


Note: This document is written for Outlook Express for Windows 95/NT. A Mac version exists, but I have never seen it running. I imagine it's quite similar, however, so read on and see if this helps. If not, you can always try to glean something useful from the online manuals.


Outlook Express Home Page

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1. How to Send Attachments

Step by Step Instructions (with pictures, no less)

1. First open up Outlook Express. Start a new message by clicking the compose message button. Type your text in the body of the message at any time.


2. The easy way: You can just drag the file you want to attach to the message from your desktop (or from another folder) onto the e-mail message. Outlook Express will automatically attach the file to the current message.


3. Another way: Press the "Insert File" button in the message editing window (shown at the right). This will bring up the "Insert Attachment" window. You can navigate around your hard drive(s) and select the file to attach by double-clicking it.


4. Yet another way: You can also select "File Attachment" from the "Insert" menu. This has the same effect as pushing the "Insert File" button, as above.
5. In any case, when you've attached your file, you should see the file appear in the Attachments box at the bottom of the message editing window.


6. Now just finish typing in the body of your message and send it as usual. Outlook Express will automatically encode your attachment.

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2. How to Receive / Read / Save Attachments

1. Receiving attachments is even easier than sending them in Outlook Express. Check your mail normally. If any of the messages have attachments, when you open the message you will see a little paperclip in the upper right hand corner of the message (Fig 1). There will also be a paperclip to the left of the message in your inbox (Fig 2). Click on the paperclip in the message window to view the list of attachments. Note that if you open a new window to view each of your messages, there will be no paperclip in the message window. Instead, there will be a list of attachments at the bottom of the message (Fig 3)

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2. You've just received an attachment. Now you probably want to do something with it. The easiest way is to click the file from the list you got when you clicked the paperclip (or double-click the file if it appears at the bottom of your message). Outlook Express will pop up a dialog box asking whether you want to save the file to disk or open it right away.

3. If you have an application associated with the type of file you received and you click "open it", Windows will open the appropriate application and open up the file. For instance, you might have .jpg files associated with your web browser or with a painting program of some sort. When you click the file, your browser or paint program will pop up and show you the image.
4. If Outlook Express doesn't recognize the type of the file you have received and you click "open it ", you will get a dialog box asking you which program you would like to use to open the file. If you want, you can also just click "save to disk" to save it to your hard disk and do something with it at a later time.


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