How to Attach a File to an Email

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Attach a File to an Email

Emails are a popular, effective, and fast way to communicate. Attaching a file to an email is an easy way to send important documents and/or photos. Below are a few simple steps that will walk you through the process of sending an email with an attachment in most email programs.


Step 1

Turn on the computer and log onto the internet.

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Step 2

Type in the web address of your email host in the address bar and log onto your email account.

Step 3

Click on "Compose" to write a new email.

Step 4

Click on the icon to attach a file. This icon appears as a paperclip symbol in most email programs. After you click on the icon to attach a file a box will pop up onto your screen.


Step 5

Browse the information on your computer my clicking on the folder that contains the file that you would like to attach. When you find the needed file, click on it and then click on "open." This will start the process of attaching the file to your outgoing email message.

Step 6

Read the directions on your computer screen. It will most likely say that the file was attached successfully.

Step 7

Write the text of your email, insert your recipient's email address and then click on "send."

Things You'll Need

  • Computer

  • Access to the Internet

  • Email Account


Each email provider and program is a little different. Consult the program's instructions if necessary.


Be sure to clearly name the file you would like to attach to your email message prior to beginning this process.