Email is a simple, effective way to communicate with other people. Most people have an email address, and the message can be read at their convenience. But occasionally you might want to share a document or picture with that person along with the message in your email. This is possible in Outlook 2013 with the use of something called an attachment. An attachment is sent along with the email message, and can be opened by the message recipient on their computer.
Attaching Files to an Email in Outlook 2013
You will need to know the location of the file that you want to attach to your email in order to perform the steps outlined below. Additionally, keep in mind that many email providers have limitations on the size of files that you can attach to your email messages. It is a good idea to try and keep attachments to a maximum of 5 MB, but some providers will allow attachments that are larger. If you are trying to send a larger file and it is not going through, then it is a good idea to contact your email provider and find out the maximum file size that they allow.
Step 1: Launch Outlook 2013.
Step 2: Click the Home tab at the top of the window, then click the New Email button in New section of the ribbon at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the Attach File button in the Include section of the ribbon at the top of the window.
Step 4: Browse to the file that you want to attach to the email, click it once to select it, then click the Insert button at the bottom of the window.
Step 5: Enter the address of the recipient into the To field, enter the message subject into the Subject field, then enter your email message into the body of the email. Note that the attachment is displayed in an Attached field. Click the Send button when everything is finished and ready to go.
If you are looking for an email with an attachment in Outlook 2013, read this article to learn how you can filter your Outlook 2013 search results to only display email messages that contain attachments.
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