How to Change Windows Photo Email Default From Outlook to Windows

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Windows 7 comes with a built-in photo viewer. From Windows Photo Viewer you can print, order prints, burn to CD or DVD or email your pictures as attachments. Photo Viewer automatically resizes your photos when you send them by email. Photo Viewer uses your default email program to send your photo messages. If you wish to use another email program besides Outlook to send your photos, you can change your default email program. You can also drag your picture files directly into an open email message. When you do drag and drop, however, your photos are not automatically optimized.

  • Click "Start" then "Default Programs." Select "Set Your Default Programs." Select your email program from the program list on the left, for example, "Windows Live Mail."

  • Select "Choose Defaults for This Program." Check "Send Mail" under the "MAPI" group. Click "Save" then "OK." Click the red "X" in the upper right.

  • Click "Start" then "Pictures" to open your Pictures Library in Windows Explorer. Locate the picture you wish to email. Right-click the picture and select "Preview."

  • Click "Email." Select a picture size, for example, "Small: 800 x 600," and click "Attach." Windows Live Mail, or your default "Send Mail" choice, will open with the photo attached.

  • Enter the email address of the recipient and click "Send."

Tips & Warnings

  • Some Internet Service Providers have limits for the size of email messages, so it is a good idea to optimize your pictures before sending.
  • When you click "Attach" in Photo Viewer, Windows may ask you if you wish the "Send Mail" email client to be the default email program. If you select "Yes," all future email handling will be done in this program. If you select "No," only the "Send Mail" email will go through this email client. Other email functions will be handled as they have been previously.
  • Photo Credit Jeffrey Coolidge/Digital Vision/Getty Images
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