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Send Large Files with E-list Messages

This article applies to: E-lists (Lyris)

If you attach a file larger than 700 KB (kilobytes: that's small) to an e-list message, it won't go through. E-list messages have a maximum size of one megabyte, including attachments, and the very act of attaching a file to a message increases its size. So 700 KB is about the limit.

Fortunately, there are many free cloud storage services that provide you with another way to distribute files. Cornell offers free Box accounts, and there are many other free services, like Google Drive and DropBox.

For Box, the process works like this:

  1. Put the file(s) in your cloud storage account.
  2. Click Share and change access to People with the link.
  3. Copy the Shared Link information.
  4. Paste the link into the email message you will be posting to the list.

The recipients do NOT need to have their own Box (or Drive, or DropBox) accounts in order to retrieve your file.

Visit our Cornell Box articles for more information on free accounts and how to use them.


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