If you want to send files via email, you will quickly run into limitations. Most e-mail services only fit a few megabytes in the attachment. If you prefer to share large files via the web, then you have to look for another solution.
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Tip 01: Google Drive
Most ISPs have a file limit of five or ten megabytes for their email accounts. This just manages to send a photo, but you don't have to expect more. E-mail services are therefore not very suitable for distributing large files. An exception to this is Gmail. This service works seamlessly with the online storage service Google Drive.
You can easily share all files that you store in Google Drive via Gmail. In this way it is possible to send a maximum of 10 GB of data in one e-mail. First you put the desired files online. Sign in with your Google account. In Google Drive, if necessary, browse to the folder where you want to save the file. Click on the red icon at the top left upload (arrow up).
Indicate whether you want to upload individual files or a complete folder. Browse to the correct location on your PC and choose OK / Start upload. In the progress window you can see exactly when the files are online.
Tip 01 You can easily share files that you upload to Google Drive with friends later.
Tip 02: Gmail
Once the files are stored in Google Drive, you can easily send download links to other people. You can arrange that with the e-mail service Gmail. Are you still in Google Drive? Select the desired files or an entire folder. Then click on the icon at the top To share (Puppet with plus sign).
The panel will now appear. Click behind Share link via on the Gmail logo. Mark the option Anyone with the link (recommended). This ensures that recipients of the download link without a Google account can access the files. Use the button Share via Gmail to create a new message. Enter one or more e-mail addresses and make it a personal message. It is important that you leave the download link.
Through Send send the download link to the specified email addresses. Recipients just need to click on this url to save the files on their PC.
Tip 02 You use Gmail to distribute download links.
Tip 03: Skype
There is no need to exchange files via email. Skype is ideally suited to smoothly transfer large files between PCs. You just need to start a chat with the right person. Is Skype not on your PC yet? Then surf to www.skype.com and click at the top Downloads.
Via the green button Download Skype for Windows desktop install the program on your PC using an exe file. To do this, go through all the steps in the installation wizard. Fire up Skype and sign in with your Skype, Microsoft or Facebook account. Then check whether the speakers, microphone and webcam are working.
Incidentally, this is only important if you want to make video calls with the program. Choose Get on and optionally add a profile picture. Then click Continue / Start Skype. In the contact list, click on the person you want to share the file with. Naturally, the recipient also needs Skype for this. A conversation window will appear on your screen. You drag the files from Windows Explorer to the chat window.
Your conversation partner now has the opportunity to download the files to his or her PC. Keep in mind that Skype doesn't work to share folders.
Tip 03 Drag files that you want to share to the Skype conversation window.
Tip 04: TeamViewer
Do you want to share files with someone who is not very fond of computers? Then use TeamViewer! With this program you can remotely take over someone's PC, after which you simply leave the desired files on that person's hard drive. However, you should make sure that a small program is running on your friend's system so that your PC is able to connect remotely.
This program is called TeamViewer Quicksupport. An installation is not necessary as your friend only needs to double click on the exe file. An ID and password will then appear on the screen. With this information it is possible to immediately send the desired files to this PC. For this you need TeamViewer All-In-One. You download this program to your own system.
The nice thing is that no installation is required. In the startup window, mark the components Start only and privately, after which you confirm with Accept - Finish.
Tip 04 You take over someone else's PC with an ID and password.
Tip 05: Drop files
With TeamViewer QuickSupport open on your friend's PC and TeamViewer All-In-One on your own computer, you can easily share files. On your own PC you fill in the part Control your computer remotely enter the correct ID. If you don't know it, ask your friend for this information. Furthermore, mark the option File transfer and click Connect with partner.
Then enter the password. Through To register opens a special window that allows you to transfer files from one computer to another. On the left you will find the folder structure on your current system, while on the right are all folders from the PC that you have taken over. On the left, select the folder and/or files you want to share. Browse in the right column to the desired location where you want to drop the data.
Finally, click at the top Send to start the transfer. A new window will appear in which you can follow the progress.
Tip 05 With TeamViewer you decide in which folder you put the files on someone else's PC.
Tip 06: Facebook
The Pipe app makes it possible to share files via Facebook. Handy, because probably most friends and relatives are members of this social network. Sending a video or a complete music album is therefore quickly arranged. Keep in mind that the file limit is limited to 1 GB.
Enter the webpage and log in with your Facebook account. Then click Go to app and go to app. Through FRIENDS indicate to which person you want to send a file. Click on the pipeline to open Windows Explorer. Select the correct file and confirm with To open. Once you choose Send file to locker Pipe keeps the file in an online vault for three days. Your Facebook friend has the opportunity to download the data to his or her PC during this period.
If this contact is online at exactly the same time, you can also share directly. In that case, type a personal message of up to 140 characters and click Send File Now. You can see from the pipeline how much time the transfer will take.
Tip 06 Share files with Facebook friends via the Pipe app.