Is there a way to attach a file such as .txt or .xlsx to my question? If not then what no-cost alternatives do I have?

BTW I work at a high security national laboratory so I can not post it online here and provide a link to it.

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    $\begingroup$ If you could attach a file here it would be exposed to the world, so what's the problem with posting it somewhere else and providing a link? $\endgroup$
    – whuber Mod
    Jul 26, 2012 at 0:12
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    $\begingroup$ @whuber. I see your point. I guess I just had never posted anything online outside of the capability that is provided here at work. But I now see I can use something like Google Docs and just provide a link to it. Still it would have been one less step if the ability to add attachments where there to begin with. $\endgroup$ Jul 26, 2012 at 14:41

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No, it is not possible to post a file into a question, at least not directly into the SE software. It's largely because this would post a security risk -- the file could be corrupted or infected, and we'd need to include some sort of virus check for each file. This, in turn, would affect our performance. Please see this meta post for more information.

That said: you're free to link to Google Docs or some other file hosting service should you need to include a file with your question for whatever reason.


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