How to Compress Large Files for Email

By Eric Som

Since most, if not all, email service providers have a limit on the size of files that can be transmitted on their email servers, email users with large files often find it difficult to send these files by email. One way to send large files by email is by using a free file compression program. Compression programs allow email users to reduce the size of large files, enabling them to email these files.

Step 1

Visit CNET’s Download.com homepage to find and download a free compression programs.

Step 2

Scroll through the search results, and then choose a compression program based on its ratings. You can choose a program by clicking on name of the program, which is also a link. You are redirected to another page containing more information about the program.

Step 3

Read the information about the compression program you selected, click on the “Download Now” link, and then select the “Save File” button to download the program in a location on your personal computer (PC).

Step 4

Double-click on the downloaded file, and then follow the prompts to install the program. This should only take about 2 minutes, depending on the speed of your PC.

Step 5

Place your cursor on the large file you would like to upload, right-click, and then select “Compress.” You may need to open the program to compress the large file, depending on the program you selected. Be sure to read the user manual for the program you downloaded on how to compress files.

Step 6

Sign in to your email account, select “Compose,” and then attach the compressed file from your PC. Send your email.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some compression programs allow PC users to select "Email" as a method of compression. If the compression program you selected allows for this option, be sure to select this option, as it optimizes the compression process for email purposes.