How to Put Emails on a USB Flash Drive

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How to Put Emails on a USB Flash Drive
A USB flash drive is a convenient way to keep copies of e-mails. (laptop image by Ewe Degiampietro from

A USB flash drive, or jump drive, can be used as a storage method for e-mails. This allows a user to have access to the e-mails at a later date. Putting e-mails on a USB flash drive can be a quick and convenient means of creating a backup copy of the e-mails, including any pictures or documents included with those e-mails.

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  1. 1

    Plug the flash drive into a USB port on the computer.

  2. 2

    Open the email program on the computer so it will display all the messages you wish to save. In order to save the messages, you must open each individual page you wish to save and display the entire e-mail on the screen.

  3. 3

    Click on "Tools," "Options" or "Menu" at the top of the browser screen that displays the email you want to save; the heading shown depends on the browser used. Select "Save page as."

  4. 4

    Click "Browse" to browse through the computer. Choose "My Computer" and then choose the drive where the flash drive is plugged in. The flash drive should be identified as "Removable device," "Removable Drive," "USB Flash Drive" or the brand name of the flash drive. Click "Save" to save the email onto the flash drive. Remove the flash drive from the computer when finished saving e-mails.

Tips and warnings

  • If the browser window does not have a "Save As" option, you still can save the email. Highlight the text of the email and click "ctrl" and the "C" key simultaneously to copy it. Click on an open document, then click "ctrl" and "V" simultaneously to paste the text into the document. Then save the document in the same manner to the flash drive.

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