You may need to send software via email, but email services tend to restrict the size of attachments. Besides, Gmail, for example, is not kind to the files with extension “exe”. Nevertheless, there are some methods to avoid this problem.
You can use online storage services. They allow keeping large amounts of information, including documents, music, videos, photos. Besides, they help share information easily – just by sharing a link. Thus, every recipient will have access to your file. Read this article to get to know how to use online storage services, such as Google Drive, for example.
If you can’t use Google Drive, you may change the file extension. It’s been already mentioned that Gmail does not like “exe” files, that’s why this method proves useful.
Step 1: Make hidden extensions visible
If you use Windows 8 or Windows 10, you should make the extensions visible.
For Windows 8:
Go to “Control Panel” – “Appearance and Personalization” – “Folder Options” and choose “Show hidden files and folders”.
For Windows 10:
Go to “Control Panel” – “Appearance and Personalization” – “Folder Options” and uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types” and apply.
Step 2: Delete the extension
If your file ends with “exe”, delete the extension, renaming the file. Use right-clicking and choose “Rename”.
Step 3: Attach the new file to your email
Attach the file without an extension to your email.
NB: don’t forget to ask your recipients to add the extension back after they download it. Thus, the program will work perfectly.
Send the email campaign!
Published: 22 Sep 2017 Last Updated: 16 May 2019