Most digital cameras capture your pictures at a size large enough for quality printing. But when sending pictures by email, it's important to reduce the size of your pictures so they transfer faster and are more viewable on the recipients screen. Windows XP has an automated function that will resize, optimize, and email a group of pictures without altering your originals.
Time Required: One Minute
- Open My Computer and navigate to the folder containing the pictures you wish to email.
- In the toolbar at the top of My Computer, make sure Search and Folders are not selected so you can see the tasks panel to the left of the files list.
- Select the group of files that you wish to email. Use Shift or Ctrl to select additional files.
- In the tasks panel, click on E-mail the selected items under File and Folder Tasks. The Send Pictures by E-Mail dialog box will appear.
- Select Make all my pictures smaller.
- Click Show more options...
- Choose a size for your pictures. The small option is suitable for most purposes and will give you the best reduction in file size. If you know your recipient has a fast Internet connection you may want to choose Medium or Large.
- Click OK.
- A status bar appears as Windows resizes the files, then a new message is opened in your default mail program with your pictures attached.
- Windows inserts the file names into the subject field of the message. You will probably want to change this.
- Fill in the recipients email address, add a personal message, and you're ready to send.
- I like to triple-click in the subject field (this selects all the text), then drag & drop the list of file names into the message body. Then the recipient can still see a list of the files you sent.
- Most images will be converted to JPEGs for best compatibility.
- Some files types (such as PSD) cannot be converted by Windows. You should convert these yourself before emailing them as they can be quite large.
- If you're using Windows classic folders, you won't have a tasks panel. Go to Tools > Folder Options > General > Tasks to verify or change your preferences.
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