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.

Outlook Express is no longer available. Most folks use Yahoo or Gmail.

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 may display in the message. Sometimes it is just an attachment at the bottom.
You can right click the photo and choose Save As or choose the attchment.
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
: It is possible for a photo to send data to the sender.
Do not open a picture unless you know what it is and who sent it.
Be sure you have the preview pane turned off in the View menu.

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