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How to Send a Folder by E-mail

Need to send an entire folder by e-mail? Follow these steps to get your files where they need to go.


  • Step 1: Got a folder that's over the size limit? Find a digital file-sharing service online where you can upload larger files. Then, compress the folder, upload the .zip file to the service, and e-mail a downloadable link to the file.
  • FACT: The number of worldwide e-mail users is projected to reach almost 1.9 billion by 2013.
  • Step 2: Compose an e-mail and upload the zip file as you would any other attachment, and send the e-mail once the file loads. The recipient will download the zip file and open it on their computer to access the folder and its contents.
  • TIP: On a Mac, choose Compress or Archive depending on your operating system; in Windows, choose Compressed Folder from the Send To submenu.
  • Step 3: Right-click on the folder you want to send and determine its file size -- the information is found under "Get info" on a Mac or "Properties" on a PC.
  • Step 4: If the folder fits in the size limits, right-click on the folder again and compress it to create a single file, known as a zip, that you can send by e-mail.
  • Step 5: Search online for your e-mail service's attachment limits -- many allow for attachments up to 25 megabytes. Then, find the size limit for the recipient's e-mail.

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