How to Email Photos for Beginners

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You can email digital photos from your computer to share them with friends and family who also have an email account. The photo image must be a digital picture file that is currently stored on your computer's hard drive. If you have transferred the photo from a digital camera or scanned it with a scanner, you may also need to shrink the image's size before you mail. Finally, to send a photo, you must also know the email address of the person to whom you want to send it.

Things You'll Need

  • Email account
  • Launch your email client program, such as Thunderbird, Outlook or Outlook Express. If you use a Web mail account, launch your Internet browser and log into your email account online.

  • Create a new email. This may be different depending on the client or Web mail you use, but most allow you to click a "New," "Write" or "New Mail" button.

  • Type the email address of the person to whom you want to send your photo in the "To:" text box.

  • Type a subject for your email and a message in the proper text boxes.

  • Click the "Attach" or "Attachment" button. Depending on the client you are using, this may look like a paperclip icon.

  • Browse your computer's files for the photo you want to send.

  • Double-click the photo file to upload it to your email as an attachment. If you have more than one photo, you can repeat this process.

  • Click the "Send" button to send the email with the photos attached to the email address you specified.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use a program such as Microsoft Paint or your digital camera software to shrink the size of a photo before you send it.
  • 800 pixels wide or less is a good size for a photo. This will retain most of the photo's details while shrinking the file size.

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