How to Email Photos for Beginners


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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