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Chapter 14. E-mail > Attaching a File to a Message

Attaching a File to a Message

Aside from sending and receiving messages themselves, one of the most common uses of e-mail is exchanging files with other people. In a day-to-day business or academic environment, most file sharing takes place over a network using one of the file sharing protocols. These file sharing mechanisms are discussed in Chapter 12, “File Sharing.”

But this is not possible or desirable sometimes. If you want to exchange confidential information with a few people, it may be easier to e-mail them a copy of the file rather than verifying which users have access to a shared directory. The down side is that each person has a copy of the file, which can make it complex to incorporate everyone’s comments. However, e-mailing a file is the best way to distribute things such as family photos or a personal recorded greeting. Mailing yourself copies of “work in progress” files is also an easy way to back up important data if you are using a laptop while traveling.


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