E-mailing Photos as Attachments

While people e-mail millions of photos around the globe every day, many do not understand how to do this. Very often people send pictures that are too large to view or that take too long to download. Some file formats cannot be read within the e-mail program, and pictures that are embedded in an e-mail image often do not display properly.

Sending Attachments

An attachment is exactly what you think it is. It is a file that is attached to an e-mail message but not part of the message itself. After an e-mail is sent, the receiving program usually signals, with a little icon such as a paper clip, that a file has been attached.

Follow these steps to include a photo as an e-mail attachment:

  • Before sending an attachment, you must save the picture file with an easy-to-understand name in a folder on your computer that you can find easily.

  • In your e-mail, choose the Attach File command. This command may be listed along with other e-mail features such as font style or may be listed under a menu.

  • The Attach command will open up a dialog box. This allows you to browse the files on your computer to find the one you want to attach.

  • Navigate to the folder that contains the file.

  • In the correct folder, pick the file you want to attach.

  • In an online program like Yahoo or Hotmail, you will need to confirm that you want to attach a file or files. It will take a while for those files to upload to the Internet.

  • You can continue to work on the text part of your e-mail. When you are finished, click Send and your e-mail will be sent with the attached files.

Can you attach any kind of file?

You can attach virtually any file, in any format, size, or resolution, to an e-mail. This does not mean that it can be read in an e-mail message, but the recipient can download the attachment to her computer and open a viewing program that is capable of reading such a file.

Inline and Embedded Photographs

E-mail programs often allow a picture file to be placed in the message area itself. This is called an inline or embedded image. This is very similar to attaching a file except that the picture is displayed in the message and the picture file formats are usually limited to JPEG and GIF formats. Use the inline or embed command to accomplish this.

If you have an image on the Internet, you send a link to that image in an e-mail. You must use absolute addressing. To use the example from earlier in the chapter, it would look like this: http://www.yourWebsite.com/family/picture.jpg. You can copy or type the address in the body of the e-mail so the recipient can see it and go to it.

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