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Chapter 27. Using Outlook Express to Rea... > Decoding Binary Files in Outlook Exp...

Decoding Binary Files in Outlook Express

In addition to formatted text and graphics, you can attach a file to any message you compose using Outlook Express. Binary files, such as images and programs, can safely travel across the Internet, but only if you encode them into ASCII text before sending. When an incoming message includes an attachment, Outlook Express and other multipurpose Internet mail extensions–compatible mail clients are capable of converting the encoded text back into binary files. Multipurpose Internet mail extensions is also called MIME.

To add a file attachment to a message you're composing, click the Paper Clip icon on the toolbar. You also can attach one or more files by dragging them from an Explorer or Folder window into the Message window.


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