Why would you want to attach a file to an e-mail message? Okay. Let's say for example, your cat gets sick as a dog. You can't possibly leave him home alone, but you've got to hand in that ten-page, technology proposal you typed in Microsoft Word. With Outlook Express, you don't have to re-type your proposal in an e-mail message. Simply attach your Word file to an e-mail message and send it to your district supervisor. Surely, she'll be impressed with your tech know-how.

Attaching files to your messages
All types of files can be attached to e-mail messages: Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, graphics, sound clips...there's no limit. Just make sure you know where the file is located on your computer, and you're ready.

    1. On the toolbar, click the Compose Message button to open a new message window.

    2. Type your message.

    3. Click the Insert menu, then click File Attachment (Or, click the File Attachment icon on the toolbar). The Insert Attachment dialog box will open.

There are two ways to attach a file

    4. In the Look in box, find the location of the file. Is it on your hard drive or a floppy disk?

    Now where did I put that file.

    5. In the File name box, type or select the name of the file, then click the Attach button. A file attachment icon will appear beneath your message.

Notice how the icon shows the size of the attached file

    6. Click the Send button to move your message and attachment to the Outbox.

Note: When sending a file attachment, it's important to know what programs the recipients have on their computers. If the file you send is created in a program that your recipients don't have, then they might not be able to open the file. Wouldn't that be a bummer of meteroric proportions?