How to Open & Print Email Attachments

By Michelle Varsallona

After having an important document sent to you as an attachment, you can quickly download, open it and print it so it is in your hands in a matter of minutes. If you have Gmail you can choose to open and print the attachment from Google Docs, but all other programs do not have a browser-based way of viewing the attached files. Because of this, you need to first ensure that you have the correct programs to view the files in. After opening the file, you just have to print the document like you would any other within that program.

Step 1

Go to your email program or browser-based email, and view the "Inbox" list.

Step 2

Open the email where the attachment is located.

Step 3

View what type of document the attachment is. At the top of the email, it typically says the name and file-type of the attachment. See if it is a PDF, DOC, JPG, etc. You need to ensure you have the proper program to view it. Adobe Acrobat can read PDF, Microsoft Word can read DOC and the Paint program can view JPG. Of course, you can receive other attachment types. Check your Office program's "Help" section to find out what document types are compatible with the program.

Step 4

Click the name of the attachment if it is a button or link to download it. If the name of the attachment is not a button or link, there should be a "Download Attachment" (or some variation of this) link or button on the email.

Step 5

Choose to "Open" the attachment. This will open the downloaded file and you can choose to save it while it is open.

Step 6

Click on "File."

Step 7

Click "Print," and then "OK" to send the document to the default printer.