Like all email services, Yahoo Mail supports attaching files with your Yahoo Mail account. The maximum message size limit is 25MB, which includes all the elements in the email such as text and encoding and Yahoo expands on that standard with the option to send files directly from Dropbox or Flickr. By attaching a document, rather than rewriting text into an email’s body, you preserve the file’s formatting. Share an image via email and you can keep the snapshot between you and the recipient. Learn how to send images, spreadsheets, PDFs, and other files as attachments in Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Mail Basic, from Dropbox or Flickr.
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Send attachments in Yahoo Mail
To attach one or more files to a message you are composing in Yahoo Mail:
Step 1: Click “Compose” in Yahoo Mail to start a new message, or click “Reply” on an existing email.
Step 2: Press the “Attach File” button, which looks like a paperclip, beneath the message either before or after writing the text of the email.
Step 3: Locate and highlight the file you want to attach, then select “Open“. Yahoo can send emails up to 25MB in size, including the email text itself and all attachments.
Step 4: Press “Send” after completing your email to send the message and attachments. To remove an attachment before sending the message, click “Remove” or “Remove All” in the attachment list beneath the message.
Send attachments in Yahoo Mail from Dropbox or Flickr
For attachments exceeding 25MB in size, Yahoo Mail suggests using Dropbox or Flickr. Such services let you upload large files to a company’s server, and it sends an email or provides a link for you to send in an email to your recipient. The recipient downloads the file directly from the transfer service website.
Step 1: Open the drop-down menu next to the “Attach File” button in a new email and pick either “Share from Dropbox” or “Share from Flickr“.
Step 2: Sign in to your Dropbox account if you chose “Share from Dropbox“.
- If you’re sharing images from Flickr – owned by Yahoo – Yahoo Mail automatically uses the Flickr images on the same Yahoo account as your email.
Step 3: Press “Link Account” to tie your Yahoo and Dropbox accounts together. Sharing from Flickr does not require this step.
Step 4: Select a file from Dropbox or an image on Flickr. After inserting files or photos, write and send your message as usual.
Send attachments in Yahoo Mail with Yahoo Mail Basic
Step 1: Compose a new message and select “Attach Files” next to the subject line.
Step 2: Click “Choose File“.
Step 3: Locate and highlight the file you want to attach, then select “Open“. You can add up to five files this way.
Step 4: Click “Attach Files” in the purple tool bar.
Step 5: Compose your message and send the email.
Yahoo doesn’t include built-in support for cloud storage services other than Dropbox, but you can still share links to files on Google Drive, Box, OneDrive and other services by creating a sharable link and pasting the link in the text of your email
Certain types of files, such as EXE program files, are often used to carry viruses in email attachments. As a precaution, some email clients block these file types completely, preventing a recipient from receiving your attachment. If you need to share a blocked file type, use an alternate method, such as a file sharing service or a USB drive.