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This article describes how to use Outlook to send file attachments in e-mail messages.
To attach files to your e-mail messages so that the e-mail recipient can open the files:
On the File menu, point to New, and then click Mail Message to open a new mail message.
On the Insert menu, click File.
Browse through the folders, and click the file that you want to insert.
On the Insert button, click the arrow, and then click Insert as Attachment.
In the To box, type the address of the recipient.
In the Subject box, type the subject of the e-mail message.
Click Send to send the message and its attachment.
You can also drag a file from the desktop or from Windows Explorer to the text box of an open item to insert it.
You can drag a file to a shortcut on the Outlook Bar to create an item of the same type that the shortcut points to.
If you drag the file to the Inbox shortcut, the file appears as an attachment in the new message.
If you drag the file to a shortcut that points to another folder type (except the Notes folder), the file appears as a shortcut in the new item.
If you drag the file to a shortcut that points to an e-mail folder other than the Inbox folder, Outlook copies the file directly to that folder without creating a new message.
If you use the right mouse button to drag the file to a shortcut on the Outlook Bar (except the Notes folder), you can choose whether to create an item that contains the file as a shortcut or as an attachment.