- Attach a file or cloud link attachment to an email in Outlook.com
- Send file attachment from Outlook.com
- Identify yourself and notify the recipient of a file attachment
Attach a file or cloud link attachment to an email in Outlook.com
To share files such as documents, spreadsheets, and pictures, attach these files to Outlook.com email messages and send the message to friends and colleagues. Share a copy of a file stored on your computer, or share a link to a file stored on a cloud sharing service, such as OneDrive.
The instructions in this article apply to Outlook.com and Outlook Online.
Send file attachment from Outlook.com
The maximum size of attachments in Outlook.com is 20 MB. However, you can get around this limitation by sharing files as OneDrive, Dropbox, or Google Drive attachments. Files from these cloud sharing services appear as a link in the message. Sharing files from a cloud service doesn’t take up your email storage and the download doesn’t take much time.
Select A new message and compose your email.
Select To invest .
To find Attach, look for the paperclip icon in the toolbars above and below the message. Both activate the same option.
To attach a file stored on your computer, select View this PC to open the dialog Open , select the file and select Open to fasten it. file to an email message. Then go to step 6.
To attach a file from a cloud storage service, select View cloud locations . Then select the file in your OneDrive account (or another connected cloud account) and select Further .
If you’re using Google Drive or Dropbox, select Add Account to connect to the service and use your Outlook.com account. These accounts must be added before you can attach files stored in these cloud locations.
When sharing a file from OneDrive (or another cloud account), select Share OneDrive link or Add as copy . If you provide a file as a link, the recipient will view it online.
If the file is larger than the size limit, you will be prompted to upload it to OneDrive and attach it as a OneDrive file. You cannot attach a file and send a copy.
Wait for the file to download completely. When the download is complete, the attachment appears as an icon in the message compose window.
Finish creating your message, then select send to deliver the message with the file attachment.
Identify yourself and notify the recipient of a file attachment
Let the recipient know you’re sending an email with an attachment so they don’t assume it’s spam. If you’re sending an attachment to someone you don’t know well, give them enough information to verify their identity and tell them what’s in the file.
Some email systems make it easy to skip attachments. This is another reason why it should be clear in your message that a file has been attached to it. Specify the name, size and content. This tells your recipient to search for the attachment and to open it safely.