That’s what happens when you try to send an email with a large file attached – it can get stuck. You just got back from vacation in Illinois, and you have lots of pictures of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle; of COURSE you are excited about sending those gigabytes of touristy images to all your friends. But when you click “Send”…nothing. You can’t open the email because it is already trying to send. You can’t delete it because it is trying to send. But it won’t send.
If your Outlook has this problem, a sort of Virtual Constipation if you will, here’s what to do:
1. First, you need to stop it from trying to Send/Receive email. This is really the most important thing, because you just can’t do anything with it as long as it is trying to push out that big email. Click File, and then choose “Work Offline”. Now, Outlook will still run but it won’t automatically send and receive on it’s regular schedule.
2. Now you have two options. You can delete the email (this is probably the best option, because you really shouldn’t have tried to send an email that large anyway). Or you can drag the email from the Outbox to the Drafts folder. When it is in Drafts, you can eliminate some of the attachments to make it smaller if you want to try again.
3. When you have the offending email out of the Outbox, go back to File and choose Work Online again. Now you are sending and receiving – everything is “regular” again, so to speak.
If you do have a large file (like a video), email is not the best way to send it. There are services that allow you to upload a large file and then send a link to your friend so that they can go and download it. Or, you could just upload a video to YouTube and send the person the link to view it online.
If you have dozens of vacation photos to share with family or friends, Picasa is definitely the best way to go. But that’s another tip for another Monday.
This week’s video displays some amazing archery skills.