How to Send A Folder as Attachment by Email

send-folder-imageIf you have a collection of files/pictures in a folder and want to send them to someone, then the first thing most people do is to try and attach the folder to an email message.

If you have ever tried doing this you will have found that most email clients refuse to do it. Instead they want you to select the individual files from the folder.

You could simply select all of the files in the folder using the shift key, but if you did it this way then the recipient would see lots of  email attachments.

The better way to do it is keep the files in the folder and to package this folder into a Zip file.

Now you can then send the zip file as an email attachmentand it appears as a single file.

When the email arrives at the recipient they simply save the attachment and unzip it.

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Note: Packaging the folder into a zip file doesn’t remove the email attachment size limits imposed by email systems which is typically 25MB.

If the folder contains large files and exceeds 25 MB then you need to use a file sharing service line Dropbox, Onedrive, Google Drive etc to send the folder.

The video below takes you through the entire process using Yahoo mail to send the folder as an attachment.

However the technique will work with any email client.

Notes: The ability to compress files and folders is standard in windows and doesn’t require extra software.

Common Questions and Answers:

Q- Do I have to use Yahoo Mail to send the folder or can I use outlook?

A- You can use any email client you want. However if you want to use Dropbox then Yahoo mail is the best option as it integrates with Dropbox to make the process easy.

Q- Do I need to use Dropbox to send the Attachment?

A- No if the attachment is less that 25MB. If it is larger than that then yes you need to use a file sharing service like Dropbox.

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