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How do I email documents between home and school?   Tags: attachments, documents, email  

Last Updated: May 23, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Common Issues

  • The software program used to create the file has to be in the receiving location.
  • You can't open an attached file if you don't have the software loaded on both computers. For example, you create a PowerPoint presentation at school and email the file as an attachment. If you want to open up the PowerPoint file at home - You must have the PowerPoint software loaded on your home computer OR another example, If you type a word document at home using Wordperfect software, then email the file you will NOT be able to open that file here at school because we do not have Wordperfect software on our network.
  • If you use Word 2003 or earlier at home you need to save your file as ".doc" and NOT ".docx".Theremay be file compatibility issues as we use the 2013 version

Mac Users: Save your file as "PC/Windows compatible" or it won't open at school. We are a PC/Windows network.


Email Accounts Blocked

Yahoo is blocked by our school network filter. If you have a Yahoo account you'll need to create another email account for school use  Gmail, MSN, optimum, AOL and others work fine.


How to Attach a File to an Email

  • Access your email account.
  • Create a new email. ("New" "Compose Mail" etc depending upon your email provider)
  • Use your email address in the "To" section as you are sending this to yourself.
  • Next select "Attach" "Attach a File" or "Attach File." This is usually depicted visually as a paper clip.
  • You will be asked to search for your file ('Browse'). Make sure you know where your file is located (i.e. Documents folder, desktop, flash drive, etc.)
  • When you have found the file, highlight it with your mouse, then click "OK" "Enter" "Open" (whatever option you have on your screen).
  • The item is now attached.
  • "Send" the email.

How to Open a File Attached to an Email

  • Access your email account.
  • Find the email and click on it.
  • Look on the screen where it says "File Attachment" "Attachments" (or whatever your email provider calls it).
  • Click on the attachment to open it.
  • See the guidelines above for some helpful compatibility tips.

Microsoft OneDrive

If you have Microsoft Office 2013 (or any of the Office software programs, i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.) on your personal device, you may set up a OneDrive account and save to this cloud based folder. This eliminates the need to email as your document will reside on the Internet ('the cloud').

This is only for 2013 users.

Use the Microsoft 2013 Libguide for more information or to set up a SkyDrive account. Just choose the "SkyDrive" tab.


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