Can’t Email Large Files

Dear Computer Lady,

I recently received a large file attachment by email which I was unable to forward to two members of my family because the file was too large.

I asked the original sender to try and it bounced back to her also.

I even tried using a compressed zip file, which the email program would not even deliver.

Is there an easy way to send a large file attachment?


Dear Louise,

You did not mention how large the file was, but I’m guessing that it is large enough for your email server to handle, but too large for your family members.

Different email servers have different size limits for the mailboxes and attachments.

You probably are not going to be able to do anything to change the size of the file, and there is no way, easy or otherwise to send files larger than the mail server can accept, instead you need to find a different way of transferring it. Here are some options.

1. You could upload the file to your website (if you have one) and send a link for your family to download it.

2. You could open an online storage account at someplace like dropbox and share the link to the files with your family.

3. If your files are photos, you can upload them to an online photo place like Shutterfly, Flickr, or Picasa and share them with your family.

4. Even Amazon has an online storage service called Cloud Drive.

Hopefully, one of these options will help you share your files.



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    • garybeafl
    • August 11, 2013

    A quick search on Google for “sending large files” gives a lot of choices. is one.

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