In the default email client in Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, how can arbitrary files(.zip, .mp3, .txt, .pdf etc) be attached? AFAIK, the storage is sand-boxed, the file handler can implement hooks to the email client, as MS-Office does and Adobe Reader doesn't, but the email client can not access files in the Phone's storage.

Is there a way, or a work around? In my usage pattern, I tend to send a lot of .pdf files, and am unable to do that!


You're only able to attach pictures to e-mails from the e-mail application. Consider using a more appropriate collaboration tool for documents, instead of sending them per email, such as OneDrive or Office 365.

For Office documents, open the documents on the phone, and press share in the the application-bar menu. This allows you to share a document using your email account(s), or OneDrive.

For OneDrive, you can share a link directly from the OneDrive application.

  • Yup, that's pretty much a huge limitation. In my use case, as I said, I tend to compose a lot of emails, and it becomes much of a hassle uploading and sending a link. – Vaibhav Garg Apr 25 '12 at 4:51
  • But you have to download the PDFs on the phone in the first place. Which begs the question, why are you doing this on the phone? – Claus Jørgensen Apr 25 '12 at 5:11
  • So, ok. How would I attach even a word file from within the email client? Surely you can compose one on the phone itself. And How do you attach two? – Vaibhav Garg Apr 25 '12 at 5:15
  • See my extended answer on how to share office documents by email or skydrive. – Claus Jørgensen Apr 25 '12 at 5:41
  • If speaking about app development, then please read this: Pushing the limits of the Windows Phone SDK and sending files via EmailComposeTask – Mike Apr 25 '12 at 7:53

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