How to Email Large Files


Email is a wonderfully convenient tool for quickly moving around information in electronic format. In addition to the basic text and images in an email, you can also attach files to send documents, photographs, videos, spreadsheets or programs with your email. Most email programs have built-in limits to the size of the files you can attach, but there are several options for sending large files through email.

  • Attach a large file as a regular file. Different email programs have different limits on the size of a file that can be sent. Try sending your file as a regular attachment and the program will notify you if the file exceeds allowable size limits.

  • Click the "large file" option, if available. Some email programs include special features for sending large files. For example, Yahoo! Mail ordinarily limits attachments to 25 MB, but also includes an "Attach Large Files" feature that allows you to attach a file as large as 2 GB. You can also include password protection with this feature.

  • Send your file with a free, large-file email service, such as YouSendIt. You can send emails from Web-based services specially designed for attaching and sending large files. Type the recipient's address and the text of your email in the relevant text fields. Use the "Select File" button to attach files of any size to your email.

  • Upload your large file to a free online storage area such as Google Docs or SkyDrive. Your file will be stored securely on the Web, and you can email your recipients a link to the file, rather than the full file itself.

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  • Signing up for a service like this always gives you advantages like faster speed, more downloads, longer expiretime on files and more.

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