Saving & Finding attachments received in e-mail
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This is a question I get asked frequently. How do I save the pictures someone sent me in my e-mail?
I will show both Outlook Express and Yahoo e-mail.

First in Outlook Express, when an e-mail is received with an attachment, it looks like Fig 1 below.

Fig 1

If your attachment is a photo, it should be displayed in the body of the e-mail as shown above. You should also see the file name displayed in the box that says "Attach". If the attachment is other than a photo, the file name will be displayed, but nothing will show in the message.

To save the attachment, double click the file name in the Attach box. You should see the dialog box in Fig 2. Make sure "save it to disk" is selected. Click OK & you should get the Save Attachment As dialog box.

Fig 2

Fig 3

Complete the saving procedure by selecting the folder you want to save the attachment to.

By default, the Save In location field should default to
My pictures if it is a picture. It will default to
My Documents if it is anything other than a photo.





















A third way to save attachments in Outlook Express is to open the message and select File,
Save Attachments to get this dialog box:

With any attachment, you should check it with your antivirus program before opening it.
(You do have an up to date antivirus program do you not?)

The principle still holds- MAKE A BACKUP BEFORE DOING ANY MAINTENANCE. Actually you should do a backup regularly anyway.

Next comes the problem of finding the attachment after it is saved.
You need to know how to use some Windows tools.
If you can't find it & you noted the name of the file, use Windows 98 Find or
Windows Me/XP Search to locate the file.

I recommend using Windows Explorer to look at files in your hard drive.
If you saved the file in My Pictures, open that folder and look for the file name.
Double click the file to open it.

Now for Yahoo e-mail. When you open a message in Yahoo any photo attachments should display.
You can right click the photo and choose Save As.
Here is an example of a typical e-mail message with a photo attached:

Notice that there is a box allowing you to scan with Norton. If a photo is displayed, this is unnecessary
since a photo cannot include a virus. If it is any other kind of attachment, be sure to perform this scan.
You can save an attachment and run the scan on the saved file also. Just don't Open it until it is scanned.

Most e-mail program work the same. MSN, AOL, Hotmail, etc. One serious warning: In Outlook Express,
you can get a worm from just displaying a message even if you are running a good antivirus program.
Be sure you have the preview pane turned off in the View menu.

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