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Chapter 15. Mail > Tips about attachments

Tips about attachments

You can't open every file that someone sends you. Nor can your recipients open every file you send them. A file has to open within an application; if someone created a file in an application you don't have, you can't open it. For instance, someone who uses a PC might send you a file with an extension (the extra letters at the end of a file name) of “.pps,” as in “lecture.pps.” Well, this is probably a Microsoft PowerPoint file and it can only open in the application Microsoft Powerpoint; if you don't have that installed, the file can't open when you double-click on it.

Files that can travel pretty safely and are almost guaranteed that everyone can open them are PDFs, JPGs, and TXT (text) files. Other than those, you should check with your recipients to see if they can open the kinds of files you want to send.


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