How to Send Large Attachments

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Sending a large attachment with an email has become a commonplace occurrence for both professionals and users of home computers. Large files take too long to send over the internet, even with fast connection speeds, so it's a good idea to use a file that will compress the individual files into what is called an archive. WinZip is one of the most popular programs for sending large attachments and is very affordable. Here are the steps to sending a large attachment by email using WinZip.

Step 1

Double click on the WinZip icon on your desktop or find it on your Toolbar, then open the program. Click on the New button to create a new archive (a file) in which to compress the files you wish to send. It's a good idea to create the archive in the same directory as the files that are going to be compressed.

Step 2

Give the archive file a name that helps you to relate to it later on. It will have a .zip suffix, so you can use a similar name to the files you are going to compress and it will be more recognizable. Type in the file name you have chosen for the archive and click "OK." A new file will be created with a .zip suffix.

Step 3

Click the Add button and locate the directory where the files you wish to compress are located. Double click the file you want included in the archive and you should see it listed on the white screen below the menu. Repeat the process until you have included all files you wish to compress in this archive.

Step 4

Click File and Exit. Your file is now ready to send by email. It will be saved automatically.

Step 5

Compose your email, and before you send it, select the Attach button (often indicated by a paper clip) and locate the new .zip file you created. All WinZip files have an icon of a gold vise to the left of the name of the file. Double click the zip file you wish to email and you should see its name in a new field on your email address bar called Attach. You are now ready to send your email with its attachment.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can send as many attachments as you want at the same time. Simply attach them to your email.