to this page first)
Here are two suggestions for sending large files. They will both require
do a bit learning if you are not fully up to file handling yet.
However, you will find it worth-while when you get the results that you
The first method is for users who are able to update their web
pages, and the second is for anyone who is prepared to put the effort
into multiple emails with a series of smaller attachments, which are re-assembled
by the recipient.
Is it necessary?
Of course, you must decide whether the attachment is necessary. Does the
document really need elaborate formatting? Can it be sent as a text file?
If so, it can be pasted into the email text body. It is annoying to have
to launch another application to read a ten line file, which could have
been sent as a text file.
For example, this paragraph, in blue, would be a
1K text file. As a Word .doc file, it would be a 20K file.
So a 1Mb (1000K) file could be reduced to a 50K file! A huge difference
in download time!(1/20th) So don't use the .doc format just because the
application suggests it. It's capable of other formats at the Save As
Here are two suggestions for sending large attachments.
First, there is FTP where you upload the file to your home directory,
and advise the intended recipient where it is, so that they can download
it with their browser.
You will need WS-FTP from our fast download page to move the files, and
you must allow time to learn to use it. But it will be more convenient
for all concerned.
Ensure that you have a index.htm file in the directory that you FTP to.
This is to prevent anyone from searching the directory for any other files
Read more about using FTP here:
The second method is to split the file into several smaller files,
then send them as separate (smaller) attachments, perhaps 1-2 Mb.
It is less convenient than FTP, but it works. You will need a splitter
application, and the time to send the separate files, but it is a way
of overcoming ISP's blocking large files.
For attachments of 20 Megabytes and over, it might be better to use a
zip disk and courier or mail, although the splitter will work if you have
the time to send the separate emails..
The file splitting application (zipped) Cut4Net is here:
Your recipient can get their copy from here too. Most people will need the version WITH the runtime. It's only 765K.