Sending lots of email attachments

 

Actually, it's something you shouldn't do. Anything more than 3 email attachments (like loads of pictures for instance) is a headache to unravel, much less to put together. Also keep in mind Yahoo mail has a per-email limit of 10MB. Modern email thingies like yahoo mail support downloading all your attachments as a single zip file (yay!), but for those email clients like Outlook, Outlook Express, and Thunderbird that don't, you should practice the art of putting your files into Compressed (zipped) folders.

Choose your method (they are not much different):

drag files method

  1. right click on a blank area of your Desktop, pick New, pick Compressed (zipped) Folder. immediately type in a name (don't use the arrow keys or backspace keys if you don't have to - your typing will replace the selection).
  2. bring up a windows explorer by doing Start|All programs|Accessories|Windows Explorer or by using the keyboard: hold down the windows logo keywindows logo key and hit E.
  3. once the windows explorer is up, make sure the big "Folders" button is depressed.
  4. browse around in the left side pane to the folder you want to be in and drag files to and from the right-side pane. if they are pictures, they could be anywhere under [C:\Documents and Settings\yourusername\]My documents\My Pictures\
  5. click on the folder you want on the left pane. the files in it will show up in the right pane.
  6. windows application hint: control-A (hold down the Ctrl key and hit A) selects all [files in the current folder].
  7. drag the selected files from Windows Explorer's right pane to the Compressed (zipped) Folder. To do this, you should probably have the Compressed (zipped) Folder on one side of your screen on the Desktop and your windows explorer on the other side of the screen.
  8. If you need to add more files just repeat steps 4-7. you can drag as many times as you need to. it will just add to or update the zip file.
  9. Attach the Compressed (zipped) Folder you created to your email by clicking the Attach button attach button and browsing to your desktop and double-clicking on the compressed (zipped) Folder you created.
  10. put in any text in the email you want and send. you are done.

cut and paste method

  1. right click on a blank area of your Desktop, pick New, pick Compressed (zipped) Folder. immediately type in a name (don't use the arrow keys or backspace keys if you don't have to - your typing will replace the selection).
  2. bring up a windows explorer by doing Start|All programs|Accessories|Windows Explorer or by using the keyboard: hold down the windows logo keywindows logo key and hit E.
  3. once the windows explorer is up, make sure the big "Folders" button is depressed.
  4. browse around in the left side pane to the folder you want to be in and drag files to and from the right-side pane. if they are pictures, they could be anywhere under [C:\Documents and Settings\yourusername\]My documents\My Pictures\
  5. click on the folder you want on the left pane. the files in it will show up in the right pane.
  6. windows application hint: control-A (hold down the Ctrl key and hit A) selects all [files in the current folder].
  7. if your mousing skills are not great or you're using a laptop with a flaky Synaptics mousepad, instead of dragging the selected files from Windows Explorer's right pane to the Compressed (zipped) Folder, try copying and pasting: select the files you want to put into the Compressed (zipped) folder, and from the menu bar up top in Windows Explorer pick Edit|Copy, or simply right click on one of the selected files and pick Copy. Then go right click on the zip file and pick Paste. A progress bar will show and your files are in.
  8. If you need to add more files just repeat steps 4-7. you can paste as many times as you need to. it will just add to or update the zip file.
  9. Attach the Compressed (zipped) Folder you created to your email by clicking the Attach button attach button and browsing to your desktop and double-clicking on the compressed (zipped) Folder you created.
  10. put in any text in the email you want and send. you are done.

I like to have 2 Windows Explorers up to do my tasks. one for the location of the zip file, and one for the location of the files I am working with. But most of the time I use the command-line version of 7-zip ("c:\program files\7-zip\7z" a -tzip somefilename.zip [filelist]) because it is free and I can embed it as a command in batch files and make self-extracting archives.