We can SEND or RECEIVE attachments through email. These are files that "ride along" with our email.
To send a file we start by clicking NEW MSG.
Type the email address in the TO: box. You can also use the address book by clicking on its icon. Go ahead and type in a SUBJECT and finish writing your mail. When you are done click on the ATTACH icon.
You can send various things with email. Experiment. For now select FILE from the drop-down menu. We are going to send a file called Happy.exe in the C:\Internet Files\programs folder.
The file selection box opens up. Now we have to "charge out there" and navigate our way to our chosen directory. Start by clicking the up-side down triangle next to the uppermost box.
From here we can go up in our directory tree a few steps. Select the C: drive, since this is the base, or root, of our hard drive. We will be able to see all of our folders from there.
Since we want to go to the Internet Files folder, we double-click on that.
That will bring us one level deeper in our folder structure. We want to go to the Programs folder since our file is located at C:\Internet Files\Programs\Happy.exe. Double-click on Programs.
There is our file. Now we select our file and press the OPEN button.
You have now attached a file. Feel good about it. Press SEND and give someone the experience of receiving an email with an attachment.
Start by clicking GET MSG from the toolbar.
If you receive email with an attachment it will look like this.
Touch the mail in the right-pane. The icon will change and show a paper clip and the email will show up in the bottom pane.
You could read the mail in the bottom pane and work from there or open it as an independent entity. Double-click on the email (the red bar is over it) to open it up.
At the bottom is our file sent as an attachment to us. There are various things you could do with this file. For example, you could just click on it and open it right from your email. This could be dangerous if there is something viral hiding within. If you have any doubt...best not do it.
For our exercise we are going to save it to our C:\Internet Files folder. Right-click on the Happy.exe hyperlink at the bottom of your email.
This will bring up a selection box. We want to select SAVE LINK AS.
Now we want to find our folder. If you can't remember directory structures, scroll up to the previous example. Anyway, if you don't know where you are, start from the C: drive. Select that.
Now double-click the folder you want to SAVE the file in. In our case it is Internet Files.
Now press the SAVE button. This will save our email file attachment in the C:\Internet Files folder. In other words, our file location is C:\Internet Files\Happy.exe.
Now we can go do anything we want with that file. If we are uncertain what it is, we might want to scan it quick with our anti-virus software before we execute it. It may be too late.
Have fun with attachments. They are one of the most useful things on the internet. You can now open Windows Explorer and navigate to your new file.
There it is. Just waiting for someone to play with.