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Changing attachment size in Windows Mail

  1. #1


    wagster Guest

    Changing attachment size in Windows Mail

    I'm trying to email a file to someone with a 5MB attachment limit. Vista
    reports the file size as 5.4MB. When I attach it to an email, Windows Mail
    reports the filesize as 4.56MB. When I hit "Send", the Windows Mail Outbox
    reports a filesize of 6.2MB - despite the fact that the entire email consists
    only of the attachment and the words "Here you go."

    What's going on and how big is my file?

    PS. I sent it via FTP in the end. I'm not looking for a solution, I just
    want to know why my file gets first smaller, then bigger.

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  3. #2


    mac Guest

    Re: Changing attachment size in Windows Mail


    "wagster" <wagster@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:B222D32E-64A3-4232-B807-78519CDD0194@xxxxxx

    > I'm trying to email a file to someone with a 5MB attachment limit. Vista
    > reports the file size as 5.4MB. When I attach it to an email, Windows
    > Mail
    > reports the filesize as 4.56MB. When I hit "Send", the Windows Mail
    > Outbox
    > reports a filesize of 6.2MB - despite the fact that the entire email
    > consists
    > only of the attachment and the words "Here you go."
    >
    > What's going on and how big is my file?
    >
    > PS. I sent it via FTP in the end. I'm not looking for a solution, I just
    > want to know why my file gets first smaller, then bigger.
    Emailing adds about a third to the size of the file.

    Try zipping large files, right click>send to>zip, or break them apart using
    your account settings:
    tools>accounts>properties>advanced, set the size to suit.
    The recipient would the use Combine and Decode with all parts selected, from
    the message menu.
    HTH?

    --
    Regards Steve.
    MS-MVP. MAIL. [DTS] UK.
    http://www.getsafeonline.org/



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  4. #3


    Gary VanderMolen Guest

    Re: Changing attachment size in Windows Mail

    The process that converts 8-bit binary to the 7-bit protocol allowed
    in mail increases the sent attachment size by some 33%. As to why
    Vista initially gives a bigger size, it includes the total disk space
    taken up, which is somewhat more than the actual data in the file.

    --
    Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)


    "wagster" <wagster@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:B222D32E-64A3-4232-B807-78519CDD0194@xxxxxx

    > I'm trying to email a file to someone with a 5MB attachment limit. Vista
    > reports the file size as 5.4MB. When I attach it to an email, Windows Mail
    > reports the filesize as 4.56MB. When I hit "Send", the Windows Mail Outbox
    > reports a filesize of 6.2MB - despite the fact that the entire email consists
    > only of the attachment and the words "Here you go."
    >
    > What's going on and how big is my file?
    >
    > PS. I sent it via FTP in the end. I'm not looking for a solution, I just
    > want to know why my file gets first smaller, then bigger.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #4


    wagster Guest

    Re: Changing attachment size in Windows Mail

    Thanks mac - I hadn't found the break apart option before. You learn
    something new every day.

    Thanks Gary - that explains it (although I defy anyone to explain why email
    uses a 7-bit protocol - that's just silly)

    "Gary VanderMolen" wrote:

    > The process that converts 8-bit binary to the 7-bit protocol allowed
    > in mail increases the sent attachment size by some 33%. As to why
    > Vista initially gives a bigger size, it includes the total disk space
    > taken up, which is somewhat more than the actual data in the file.
    >
    > --
    > Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)
    >
    >
    > "wagster" <wagster@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:B222D32E-64A3-4232-B807-78519CDD0194@xxxxxx

    > > I'm trying to email a file to someone with a 5MB attachment limit. Vista
    > > reports the file size as 5.4MB. When I attach it to an email, Windows Mail
    > > reports the filesize as 4.56MB. When I hit "Send", the Windows Mail Outbox
    > > reports a filesize of 6.2MB - despite the fact that the entire email consists
    > > only of the attachment and the words "Here you go."
    > >
    > > What's going on and how big is my file?
    > >
    > > PS. I sent it via FTP in the end. I'm not looking for a solution, I just
    > > want to know why my file gets first smaller, then bigger.
    >

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  6. #5


    Gary VanderMolen Guest

    Re: Changing attachment size in Windows Mail

    That 7-bit limitation is grounded in the history of email.
    It was originally designed for the transmission of ASCII text only.
    See http://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia_te...i=37184,00.asp

    --
    Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)


    "wagster" <wagster@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:30B2189D-B5C6-4FC6-81E5-FADD4784CB72@xxxxxx

    > Thanks mac - I hadn't found the break apart option before. You learn
    > something new every day.
    >
    > Thanks Gary - that explains it (although I defy anyone to explain why email
    > uses a 7-bit protocol - that's just silly)
    >
    > "Gary VanderMolen" wrote:
    >

    >> The process that converts 8-bit binary to the 7-bit protocol allowed
    >> in mail increases the sent attachment size by some 33%. As to why
    >> Vista initially gives a bigger size, it includes the total disk space
    >> taken up, which is somewhat more than the actual data in the file.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)
    >>
    >>
    >> "wagster" <wagster@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:B222D32E-64A3-4232-B807-78519CDD0194@xxxxxx

    >> > I'm trying to email a file to someone with a 5MB attachment limit. Vista
    >> > reports the file size as 5.4MB. When I attach it to an email, Windows Mail
    >> > reports the filesize as 4.56MB. When I hit "Send", the Windows Mail Outbox
    >> > reports a filesize of 6.2MB - despite the fact that the entire email consists
    >> > only of the attachment and the words "Here you go."
    >> >
    >> > What's going on and how big is my file?
    >> >
    >> > PS. I sent it via FTP in the end. I'm not looking for a solution, I just
    >> > want to know why my file gets first smaller, then bigger.
    >>

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  7. #6


    wagster Guest

    Re: Changing attachment size in Windows Mail

    How ironic that a system designed to save a few hundred bytes per message is
    now swelling email bandwidth usage hugely.

    "Gary VanderMolen" wrote:

    > That 7-bit limitation is grounded in the history of email.
    > It was originally designed for the transmission of ASCII text only.
    > See http://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia_te...i=37184,00.asp
    >
    > --
    > Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)
    >
    >
    > "wagster" <wagster@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:30B2189D-B5C6-4FC6-81E5-FADD4784CB72@xxxxxx

    > > Thanks mac - I hadn't found the break apart option before. You learn
    > > something new every day.
    > >
    > > Thanks Gary - that explains it (although I defy anyone to explain why email
    > > uses a 7-bit protocol - that's just silly)
    > >
    > > "Gary VanderMolen" wrote:
    > >

    > >> The process that converts 8-bit binary to the 7-bit protocol allowed
    > >> in mail increases the sent attachment size by some 33%. As to why
    > >> Vista initially gives a bigger size, it includes the total disk space
    > >> taken up, which is somewhat more than the actual data in the file.
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> "wagster" <wagster@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:B222D32E-64A3-4232-B807-78519CDD0194@xxxxxx
    > >> > I'm trying to email a file to someone with a 5MB attachment limit. Vista
    > >> > reports the file size as 5.4MB. When I attach it to an email, Windows Mail
    > >> > reports the filesize as 4.56MB. When I hit "Send", the Windows Mail Outbox
    > >> > reports a filesize of 6.2MB - despite the fact that the entire email consists
    > >> > only of the attachment and the words "Here you go."
    > >> >
    > >> > What's going on and how big is my file?
    > >> >
    > >> > PS. I sent it via FTP in the end. I'm not looking for a solution, I just
    > >> > want to know why my file gets first smaller, then bigger.
    > >>
    >

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