Making Photos Smaller to Email

 
There are a couple ways to make photo files smaller to make it easier to email them.  The easiest way is built into Windows and works with Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, MSN Mail and possibly other mail programs.  Another way is to download Google's free Picasa software.  This software allows you to make photos smaller and attach them to your regular Windows email program or Gmail (you can obtain a free Gmail address).
 
Using Windows "Send To" feature:
  • Open your Pictures Folder
  • Select one or more photos (to select multiple files, left click on the first file, hold down "Shift" and left click on the last file)
  • Right click on any of the selected files
  • Hover your mouse over "Send To"
  • Left click on "Mail Recipient"
  • (See images below for Windows Vista and Windows XP)

 
  • After selecting "Mail Recipient" in Vista you will see that


  • Can be reduced to:
  • Or:
 
  • After selecting "Mail Recipient" in XP you will see:
  • In XP, if you Left Click on "Show more options..." you can choose a file size:
Using Google's Picasa: 
  • Click on the "Email" tab
  • Under "Email Program" choose one of the three options
  • Under "Size for multiple pictures" move the slider to "640" or "800" pixels
  • Under "Size for singler pictures" select "Same as multiple...."
  • Click "OK"
 
 
  • Select one or more photos (to select multiple files, left click on the first file, hold down "Shift" and left click on the last file)
  • Click on the "Email" button at the bottom of the screen

  • If you did not choose an email option, you will see something like this:
 

 

  • If using Gmail, it will then ask you to log in to your Gmail account and you will see:
    (Your 12 pictures at 29.9 MB have been reduced to 776KB, each at 640 pixels wide)