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    Sending Zips to GMail?

    Anyone know how to email a zipped file (an Access database, no .EXEs) to a Gmail address?

    GMail rejects them, claiming they contain EXEs. (Mine don't, they just contain Access MDBs). I've tried renaming them from ZIP to TXT, but I get the same messages. I have to zip the MDBs because they exceed GMail's size limit if they're not zipped.

    I'd sure appreciate a workaround. GMail Support says they submitted this to someone up above, but that was about 4-5 months ago.

    Thanks for any advice,

    Alan

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    Re: Sending Zips to GMail?

    That worked great!! Many thanks!! (I had tried other extensions, like .TXT, but I never thought to make one up!)

    Thanks again!

    Alan

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    Re: Sending Zips to GMail?

    Just a word of warning about "making up file extensions " though.

    ZAP is a registered file extension!!!!

    Although Liberty has come up with a very good work around, have a look at filext.com . I use this website in my work when rogue emails and files come through and I can check the validity of file extensions and see what applications are associated to them. It has a nice search feature. My <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> worth
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    Re: Sending Zips to GMail?

    Well, I'll be! I didn't find that before -- and .zap's a ZoneAlarm extension, too! Thanks for letting me know. Anyway, it works...

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    Re: Sending Zips to GMail?

    >Anyway, it works...

    ....and that is the important part <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    PS <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17>Thanks for the tip, I use GMail
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    Re: Sending Zips to GMail?

    Simple... Rename the file extension to .zap (because .zap isn't used by common programs) from .zip, then let the recipient know that they need to rename the extension back to .zip after they save the file to their hard drive.

    Edited to Add: This method also works for regular, non-Gmail e-mail, when the recipient has ZoneAlarm (with default settings) installed. ZoneAlarm will change any .zip file in an email to another extension (.zlm, I think), because .zip files can possibly contain viruses and worms. If the recipient isn't terribly savvy about how their version of ZoneAlarm works, and doesn't know how to turn off this behavior, changing the extension to .zap before mailing it allows the file to slip through the filter unimpeded. Of course, you have to let the recipient know that he or she must rename the extension after saving the file to their hard drive. If they try to rename it within their e-mail client, it won't work.

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    Re: Sending Zips to GMail?

    I think it's all based on hocus pocus! <img src=/S/witch.gif border=0 alt=witch width=15 height=15>
    Try it with a (renamed) .001 extension, or .DOC or .DOT.
    Have a look at the newsgroup thread Use Gmail space as your storage drive!

    bon chance
    Alan

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