Composing and Sending Email Messages

Composing a New Email Message Addressing Your Message Writing Your Message Attaching Photos and Other Files Sending Your Message

Attaching Photos and Other Files

An attachment is a file that you can include as part of your email message. You can attach all types of files to your message, including word processor or spreadsheet documents, audio files, image files (.bmp, .jpg, .gif, and others), web pages saved as HTML files, and more. You’re allowed up to 50 files per message with a maximum total message size of 25MB.

You have a several options for adding attachments to your message:

Notes

  • To use drag-and-drop attachments, attach folders full of files, and take advantage of other neat attachment features, you first need to install the new BT Yahoo! Mail attachment tool. Click here to learn more about these features and how to perform the one-time installation.

  • You should double-check the specific files you want to attach before starting your email message, since you can’t view and verify most non-image attached files within the browser window.

  • Although BT Yahoo! Mail often shows attached images and HTML files within the messages you receive, it doesn’t display the files you attach within a message while you’re composing it. Instead, it lists the files in the attachments area. Attached images and HTML may appear within the text of the message when your recipients read it if their email applications support inline graphics and HTML content.

 

Here’s How

To attach one or more files by browsing (no frills):

  1. Create a new message, address it, and write the text of the message, as described in Composing a New Email Message, Addressing Your Message, and Writing Your Message.

  2. Click the Attach button at the top of the message.

    Click the Attach button.

    The Select file(s) to upload window opens.

  3. Locate the file(s) you want to attach, select them, and click the Open button.

    Select the file or files to attach, then click the Open button.Enlarge

    Tips for selecting multiple files:

    To select a group of consecutive files in a list, select the first file, hold down the Shift key and select the last file.

    To select multiple files that aren’t consecutive in a list, hold down the Ctrl key (Windows) or the Apple key (Mac) and select individual files.

    You can’t attach the same file more than once to the same email message.

    You return to the new message tab, which displays the progress of automatic Norton AntiVirus™ scan of the selected file(s) in the attachments pane at the bottom of the tab.

    Norton AntiVirus automatically scans the attached file.Enlarge

    Tip: Norton AntiVirus™ doesn’t let you to attach infected files.

  4. If you decide not to include an attached file before you send the message, just click its Remove link to delete it.

    Click the Remove link next to an attached file to delete it from the message

 

To attach one or more files or folders by browsing (with the attachment tool):

  1. Create a new message, address it, and write the text of the message, as described in Composing a New Email Message, Addressing Your Message, and Writing Your Message.

  2. Click the Attach link at the bottom of the new message tab.

    Click the Attach link.

    Tip: If you don’t see the Attach link, you need to install the new BT Yahoo! Mail attachment tool before continuing. Click here to learn more.

    The Select Files/Folders window opens.

  3. Locate and select the file(s) and/or folder(s) you want to attach, and click the Select button.

    Select the file to attach, then click the Open button.Enlarge

    Tips for selecting multiple files or folders:

    Selecting a folder automatically selects all the files in that folder. (The folder itself isn’t attached.)

    To select a group of consecutive files or folders in a list, select the first file, hold down the Shift key and select the last file.

    To select multiple files or folders that aren’t consecutive in a list, hold down the Ctrl key (Windows) or the Apple key (Mac) and select individual files and/or folders.

    You can’t attach the same file more than once to the same email message.

    You return to the new message tab, which displays the progress of automatic Norton AntiVirus™ scan of the selected file(s) in the attachments pane at the bottom of the tab.

    Norton AntiVirus automatically scans the attached files.

    Tip: Norton AntiVirus™ doesn’t let you to attach infected files.

  4. If you decide not to include an attached file before you send the message, just hover over its thumbnail and click the Remove button (Remove attachment button) to delete it.

    Click the Remove button to detach a file.

 

To attach files using drag-and-drop:

  1. Create a new message, address it, and write the text of the message, as described in Composing a New Email Message, Addressing Your Message, and Writing Your Message.

  2. At the very bottom of the new message tab, drag the slider above the attachments area up to open the attachments pane.

    Drag the slider up to open the attachments pane.

    Tip: If you don’t see the slider, you need to install the new BT Yahoo! Mail attachment tool. Click here to learn more.

    The pane opens, ready for you to drag in the file(s) or folder(s) you want to attach.

    The attachments pane open to receive filesEnlarge

  3. Locate and select the file(s) or folder(s) that you want to attach to your email message.

    Tips for selecting multiple files or folders:

    Selecting a folder automatically selects all the files in that folder. (The folder itself isn’t attached.)

    To select a group of consecutive files or folders in a list, select the first item, hold down the Shift key and select the last item.

    To select multiple files or folders that aren’t consecutive in a list, hold down the Ctrl key (Windows) or the Apple key (Mac) and select individual files and/or folders.

    You can’t attach the same file more than once to the same email message.

  4. Holding down your mouse button, drag the selected files and/or folders onto the BT Yahoo! Mail attachments pane.

    Drag selected files onto the attachments paneEnlarge

    The attachments pane displays the progress of automatic Norton AntiVirus™ scan of the selected file(s).

    Norton AntiVirus automatically scans the attached files.

  5. If you decide not to include an attached file before you send the message, just hover over its thumbnail and click the Remove button (Remove attachment button) to delete it.

    Click the Remove button to detach a file.

 

What’s Next

The Working Safely With Email Attachments tutorial explains more about the features of the new BT Yahoo! Mail attachment tool. It also includes additional information about lowering the risk of viruses when sending and receiving email attachments.

When you’ve completed your message, you can send it.


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Words to Know

  • Attachment: a separate file included as part of an email message; for example, a multimedia or document file.
  • Drag and drop: the ability to move an object from one place to another by placing the cursor over an object, pressing the left mouse button, dragging the selected object to another location, and releasing the mouse button.
  • Folder: a container that holds individual elements specific to the context; for example, email messages in BT Yahoo! Mail or bookmarks in the Bookmarks Sidebar module.
  • Thumbnail: a small version of an image, often linked to a larger version.