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Mailing a UUencoded File

Note: most modern e-mail programs automatically encode attachments when necessary so you will not need to manually encode them. If, however, you are using an older e-mail program that does not automatically encode attachments, the following information could be useful. Please read about UUencoding if you are not familiar with encoded files and why they are used.

To send a UUencoded attachment, first UUencode the attachment using WinZip®, then attach it to your message. How you attach a UUencoded file to a message will depend on your e-mail program.

For example, if you are using MSMail or another legacy email program:

  1. Create a message in the usual manner.
  2. Click on the menu item Attach and select File.
  3. Use the familiar file dialogs to choose the .UUE file you created previously, then click OK.
  4. E-mail your message as you would normally.

If you are using another e-mail program, a method similar to the above may also work with your program. A "Send File" or similar option may be available and of use in this situation. It may be necessary to open the .UUE file you have created using a text editor, copy the entire contents, or portions of it, to the Windows clipboard, and paste it into your open e-mail message. Further information on handling large files is included in the next topic, Hints, Tips, & Troubleshooting.


UUencoded, XXencoded, BinHex, and MIME files

Sending Files using Internet Mail

The Why behind UUencoding and Other Schemes

Receiving and Preparing Files for Decoding

Decoding Files using WinZip

UUencoding a File using WinZip

Mailing a UUencoded File

Hints, Tips, & Troubleshooting