How to Transfer an Email Attachment to a New Email


Email service providers supply email users with two primary methods of transferring an email attachment to a new email: email forwarding and email new attachments. All email service providers use these methods, although with slightly differing verbiage to describe various actions. No matter your email service, you can use these methods to prepare and quickly send a new email and attached file (document, video, image, music or other type) to friends, family, co-workers and others.

Things You'll Need

  • Attachment
  • Use the "Forward" option to transfer your attachment to a new email. Depending on your email service provider's available options, the attachment may forward into a new open email automatically or you may have to select "Forward with Attachment" (or option with similar verbiage). In the new email, remove the forwarded text from the body of the email—unless you needed to include it as well—and then type your recipient and subject information and make any additional changes as needed.

  • Double-click the attachment link file name, right-click it and select "Open" or "Open Attachment," or click an "Open" or "Open Attachment" button on the "Inbox" screen or toolbar. Depending on your email client, it may also be located in a drop-down menu as a selection.

  • Click the "Save" file option -- typically worded as "Save" or "Download File" -- to save to a storage device. Some email applications also allow you to preview the file as an image thumbnail in a file preview pane where you can then select options to open and/or save the file.

  • Attach the file to a new email. Open your new mail message and select the "Attach," "Attach Now" or "Attach File/Item" button or drop-down menu selection.

  • Browse for and then select the file on your storage device from the window that opens. Attach it to the email using the "Open" or "Insert" button at the bottom of the window. If using Internet mail, you may also need to click a second "Attach Now" or "Attach Files" button to attach to the new email.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some email service providers supply attachment formatting options such as changing attachment orientation or size. If your email service provider supplies these options, format your attachment as desired before sending your email.
  • Never open an email attachment without scanning it first for viruses, spyware and other malicious software as hostile software can damage your computer. Never transfer/forward an email attachment to a new email (and then another person) without scanning the attachment, as you can spread these types of software to other computers through emails.

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