Have you ever had to email a bunch of photos or other files to someone else?
If so, you probably had to send all of those files as attachments in a series of several different emails.
Luckily, there’s an easy way to email lots of files as one single attachment.
All you have to do is place all of the files you wish to send into a compressed ‘zipped’ folder. Here’s how to create a zipped (compressed) folder:
1 – Right-click on the Windows Desktop, then click New>Folder.
2 – Give the new folder a descriptive name. For example, if you want to email a bunch of wedding photos you could name the folder JohnsWeddingPics or something similar.
3- Copy all of the files you want to send in an email into your new folder.
4 – After you have placed the last file into the folder,do this:
If your PC has Windows 10, right-click on the folder and select Send to>Compressed (zipped) folder.
If your PC has Windows 11, right-click on the folder and select Compress to ZIP file.
That’s all there is to it. Now you can attach the zipped folder you just created to a new email message and send all the files to the intended recipient in one fell whoop.
Just be aware that most email services have a limit on the maximum file size for attachments. If you receive a message saying your file is too large you’ll need to remove enough files from the folder to get it under that limit after the folder is zipped.
For example, if you use Gmail any zipped folder you attach to an outgoing email cannot exceed 25MB in size.
For that reason this works best for just a handful of small photos or files like Word documents or text files that are fairly small in terms of file size.
If you want you can always use Google Drive to send multiple large files to the intended recipient(s).
Also be aware that the recipient of your zipped folder might end up needing assistance with extracting the files from it. Therefore, you might want to copy and paste the following instructions into the body of your email:
To extract the files from the attached folder:
1 – Save the zipped folder to your computer.
2 – Right-click on the zipped folder and click Extract All.
3 – When prompted, select a destination for the new folder containing the extracted files, then click Extract. (Note: Simply click Extract to place the new folder in the same location as the zipped folder.)
That’s all there is to it. Now you know how to send multiple files in a single email attachment!