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What is an Email Attachment? - Email Attachment Definition

An email attachment is a computer file sent within an email message.

An email attachment can be of many different types such as:

  • Image (photo),
  • Video,
  • MP3,
  • Document,
  • Zipped file/folder.

How to Add an Attachment to an Email Message?

  1. Open a new email message window (Click the "New Message" or "Compose Email" icon, or use the keyboard shortcut of CTRL + N)
  2. Click on the paperclip icon titled "Attach a File/Files"
  3. Browse through your computer's folders and click to select the targeted files/folders. You can select multiple files at once.
  4. Click the "Open" or "Choose File" icon to attach the file to your email.

How to Download an Attachment from an Email Message

Download to Computer

  1. On your computer, go to your email.
  2. Open an email message.
  3. Hover your mouse over the attachment's thumbnail, then click Download.

Download to Smartphone

  1. Make sure you've downloaded the mail app.
  2. On your smart phone, open the app.
  3. Open the email message.
  4. Tap the attachment to open it.
  5. Tap the attachment again.
  6. In the top right, tap "Share".
  7. Tap "Save Image".

How to Forward Email Messages with Attachments?

  1. Open the email message that you want to forward.
  2. Click on the "Forward" icon
  3. You will see a box saying "Do you want to include attachments?"
  4. Click "Yes".

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