Re: Attachments in "rich text" messages under Microsoft Outlook 2013

Kimber Gardner


You've done a pretty thorough job listing the various methods for handling attachments with jaws.

My go to method for accessing attachments sent to me is the shift + tab method as you describe. However as many of us know, this method does not always produce results. When I find nothing after back tabbing, I use the open all attachments option inn the file tab. It entails some extra steps since you then have to go to wherever the attachments have been saved to view them, but it works for me 99% of the time.

As for sending multiple attachments, I find the copy and paste most reliable. Just be sure your cursor is in the correct part of the message before you attempt to paste your second, third etc. attachments.

I hope this helpful.


Sent from Kimber's iPhone

On Jan 20, 2016, at 12:00 PM, Adrian Spratt <> wrote:


You've done a much better job than I at following this thread. I wonder if it's possible for you, or anyone else, to complete a list of attachment methods. Here's a start, based on what I do (which seems similar to what you do):

1. When sending a message: Attach a file by copying from a files list with control-c and pasting into the message field of an email with control-v.

2. When sending a message: What is the best method for attaching several files?

3. With a received message: To locate an attachment above the message field, press shift-tab, then use the arrow keys to locate each attachment. (As Caroline says, the first attachment is some obscure thing for techies only.)

4. With a received message: To locate an attachment when there are three or more above the message field: This can involve a lot of trial-and-error arrowing. What is the best solution?

5. With a received message: To locate an attachment within the message field: I find insert-a often isolates it. Any better method, or an alternative for when insert-a doesn't work?

-----Original Message-----
From: Kimber Gardner []
Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 7:58 AM
Subject: Re: Attachments in "rich text" messages under Microsoft Outlook 2013

The "insert tab method" is the same as the keystrokes N A F as
described by Carolyn. It isn't my favorite method, but it works well
enough if, as you said, the files to be attached are not spread far
and wide throughout the system.

I suppose which method you choose has a lot to do with the comfort
level of the person creating the attachments. For me, copy and paste
has always been the most straightforward way to attach files and so
is the one I most often choose.


On 1/19/16, Brian Vogel <> wrote:

When you say "Copy and Paste" via the steps given by Carolyn on the
first paste a line labeled "Attached" along with an edit box with the name
of the attachment appears directly under the "Subject" label and edit box.
If you continue to copy and paste after that for additional attachments
they just appear next to the one(s) already listed in the edit box for

The ALT+N,AF method is great if the file or files you intend to
attach are in a single folder, and that folder is not hard to navigate to
from wherever you happened to attach a file from the last time you used that
method. When the files are spread out all over the place that's when I use
the copy and paste method but with Search Everything being the method of
doing the file finds. If you know the name of the file you're looking for,
and you use distinctive file names, it's much faster to find an individual
file that way for copy/paste than navigating within a browse dialog and
having to go "long distances" in the tree to locate the files.

What is the "insert tab" method? I may have to try that one if
it's easier for my clients.



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