Monday, June 1, 2009

Email Large Attachments in a Compressed Folder Using Windows 7, XP or Vista

If you have many photos or large files that you want to send to someone else via email, you may find that the attachments are too large for your ISP to send. If you are using Windows XP or Windows Vista, you can greatly reduce the size of the attachments by first creating a compressed (zipped) folder and then dragging the files you wish to send, into the compressed folder. (You can also send a Microsoft Access database using this method.) When files are inside a compressed folder, the files become compressed automatically. After you have all the files in the compressed folder, you can attach the folder following the same method you would attach a normal single file.

How to Create a Compressed Folder and Email Compressed Files or Photos

  1. Right-click on a blank area of the Desktop.

  2. Point to New, and then click Compressed (zipped) Folder.

  3. A new compressed (zipped) folder is displayed on your Desktop.

  4. Optional: while the name is highlighted, type a name for the compressed folder and press ENTER.

  5. Locate (do not open) the files or photos that you want to place in the folder.

  6. Click and drag the files or pictures to the compressed folder.

  7. Open your email and attach the compressed folder.