Office 365 - Alternatives to attaching large files

Sharing a large file instead of sending it as an attachment is advantageous because it saves space and prevents slow delivery time for those with slow connections. DoIT offers two storage solutions that provide an excellent alternative to sending large files as email attachments: UW-Madison Box and Google Drive. See step-by-step instructions below.


UW-Madison Box

UW-Madison Box is a cloud-based file storage and collaboration service that replaced My WebSpace. Box provides each user with 50 GB of storage by default.

  1. Log in to UW-Madison Box with your NetID and password
  2. Upload the file to Box
  3. Find the link to your file
  4. Copy the link to your email message

Repeat the steps above with each large file you need to share. Then, add any other relevant content to the email and send as usual. When your recipients visit this URL, they will be able to view or download the file


Google Drive

UW-Madison Google Apps provides you access to Google Drive, Google's cloud storage service. Files uploaded to Google Drive through UW-Madison Google Apps are covered under an educational license. UW-Madison's Terms of Services can be found here. UW-Madison Google Drive offers unlimited storage.

  1. Log in to UW-Madison Google Apps with your NetID and password using the following URL:

  2. If you have multiple UW-Madison Google Apps accounts, select your desired account from the list provided.

    Select account

    If you only have one UW-Madison Google Apps account, you will be logged into your account automatically.

  3. Upload the file to Google Drive
  4. Share the file to "Anyone with the link"
  5. Copy the link into your email message

Repeat the steps above with each large file you need to share. Then, add any other relevant content to the email and send as usual. When your recipients visit this URL, they will be able to view or download the file.


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Owner:Ara M.Group:Office 365
Created:2014-07-25 12:34 CDTUpdated:2016-04-28 14:43 CDT
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