HOW TO ATTACH A FILE TO AN E-MAIL MESSAGE Version: May, 2013
By Bob Fiske
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To attach a file to your email, you must first log into your email account.
Next, begin to compose a new e-mail message.
In Yahoo and Gmail,  click on the word "compose".
In the Microsoft email services ( Hotmail, MSN and Outlook.com), click on the word "New" that is next to the circle/plus
symbol.
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Besides putting addresses, a subject, and a message, sending an attachment means doing one other step.
In Yahoo and Gmail, click on the paperclip symbol to begin the process of attaching a file.
In Hotmail, click on the word "Insert" next to the circle/paperclip symbol.  Then click on the options "Files as
attachments".
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The next step is important, and probably the most challenging part of attaching a file.  You must navigate to the folder on your
computer that contains the file you want to attach.  First, look at the "path" that is at the top of the "Choose File to Upload" dialogue
box.  The last part of the path shows the location that is displayed in the main white area in the middle of this dialogue box.
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There are many possibilities for navigating.  Here is one example.  The path says "Desktop", and there is a small triangle arrow to the
right of that word.  Click on the triangle arrow.  It will point down and will reveal a list of other locations.  For instance, the list of 
locations includes my profile folder, "Robert Fiske".  (That is the name I used to log into Windows.  It is also called the User Name).
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In this example, when I click on the name of my profile, that name becomes the last part of the path.  Once again, the end of the
path (which is the current folder or location) has an arrow on its right side.  By clicking on that arrow, I can see subfolders that
fall below the profile folder.  This, too, shows as a drop-down list.
In this example, the key folder holding the file to attach is the My Documents folder.  When I click on "My Documents"
in the drop-down list, then that makes "My Documents" appear at the end of the path.
Therefore, the My Documents folder (and everything it contains) shows up in the main white area of the "Choose File to 
Upload" dialogue box.
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Now that we have the correct folder in the path area, the next step is to identify the correct file in the main white area of the 
dialogue box.  After you find it you can tell your email service to upload a copy of that file and attach it to your message.
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One way to do that is to click once on the file, and then click on the "Open" button.
A faster way to do the same thing is to double-click on the picture part of the file's icon.
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This is what appears in your email compose view.  In other words, this is how your email service shows that the file is attached.
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You still may need to complete writing your message (addresses in the To field, Subject, message body).  After that,
you can click on the "Send" command.
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END OF LESSON