Now it’s easy to get attached

How do I … Remind myself to add an e-mail attachment?

Once in a while we all forget to add an attachment when mailing something.

One solution, which works on Windows, is the Attach! application, found at

It sets up a list of keywords that it scans for in every message you prepare to send. That list will look for indicators you’re sending an attachment. If you haven’t attached a file to the e-mail, Attach! stops you from proceeding. You then attach the file or can send the message by clicking the “send anyway” button.

The program lets you customize which words are the trigger phrases to prompt an attachment.

It’s simple to use and it’s free (for one user). Mac users have a similar version called Attachment Scanner Plug-in for Mail (at

Gmail users can find an attachment script reminder that does the same thing. It can be found at the Greasemonkey script development site, at


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