email cleanup

How do I forward a message, and attachment, without sending all the "header junk" that includes where the message came from, and who it was sent to, and such.

There are a variety of techniques, but it is always possible. Some email programs make it easier than others.

Usually, you can just say "forward" and then delete all the text of the message, and leave only the attachment, which is usually just the video clip. If there are other attachments, especially those ending with .eml, they are just message text and can be deleted from the forwarded message. Any "interesting" text from the original message can be pasted in to the new message, if it helps inspire someone to look at it, or is the joke to which the video clip is the punch-line, or whatever. Video clips usually have names ending in .wmv and pictures usually have names ending in .jpg or .tif

Oh, and if you can't see the end of the name of a file, you can go into Windows Explorer, and Tools / Folder Options, in the View Tab, uncheck the option named "Hide file extensions for known file types". Personally, I uncheck everything that says "Hide..." and check everything that says "Display...". This is useful lots of places; Windows can be very confusing when some things are hidden.

If the above technique doesn't seem to work, then here is a technique that will _always_ work, but it is a bit more cumbersome (more steps). Fortunately, none of them are hard.
  1. When viewing the original message, find the attachment that is the video clip, right click, choose "save as..." and save the attachment as a file on your hard disk (in My Documents, or on the Desktop, or whereever, just keep track of where!)
  2. Compose a new message, address it to your list of recipients (use Bcc for the recipients if there is more than one, and if you have to put one entry in To to make things work, consider using your own address there), paste in any interesting text from the original message.
  3. Attach the file you saved in step one, by clicking on teh paperclip icon, or choosing Attach from the menus (exact location may vary depending on the program you use)
  4. Send the message
  5. delete the file using Windows Explorer (unless you want to save it for future reference without having to look back in your email).