How to Change the Attachment Size Limit in Outlook

Have you ever gone to add a file to an email only to get the dreaded “The attachment size exceeds the allowable limit” message? If the image, video, or file is over 25 megabytes, Outlook won’t let you send it. Luckily, there’s an easy fix to increase the attachment limit, and we’ll look at how to do that today.

Unfortunately, even changing the attachment limit in Outlook won’t necessarily mean it’ll work everywhere. If you’re using Outlook for a Gmail account, for example the 25 megabyte size limit will work in Outlook, but Gmail’s servers still won’t send it. For Exchange, self-hosted email servers, and a handful of others, it won’t be an issue.

1. Open the Outlook desktop client.

2. Hit Windows key + R to open the Windows run dialog box.

3. Type "regedit" and click OK.

4. Select Yes on the pop-up that asks if it’s okay to make changes to your device.

5. Navigate to one of the following keys in the registry tree (depending on your Office version). 

Outlook 2010: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\­Software\­Microsoft\­Office\­14.0\­Outlook\­Preferences.
Outlook 2013: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\­Software\­Microsoft\­Office\­15.0\­Outlook\­Preferences.
Outlook 2016: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\­Software\­Microsoft\­Office\­16.0\­Outlook\­Preferences.

6. Open the "MaximumAttachmentSize" value in the right pane (if it exists).

If "MaximumAttachMentSize" does not exist, add it. To do that, click Edit > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value then rename the value to "MaximumAttachMentSize."

7.  Add a size limit (in kilobytes). If you enter zero (0) for the Value data, Outlook won’t set a limit on your images.

8. Press OK and close the Registry Editor.

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