How to send large picture files through email

When you need to send large picture files through e-mail, you must make the picture files small enough to enable sending and receiving. Because many e-mail servers have a limited amount of space for sending and receiving attachments, a large picture file may be too large to send or receive. A popular solution for sending large files through e-mail is to compress the files prior to sending them. Unfortunately, you cannot use a compression utility to compress JPEG image files because these files are already compressed. Send large picture files through e-mail by compressing them with Microsoft Office Picture Manager or Pando.

Open the Microsoft Office Picture Manager program. Click "File" and then "Add Picture Shortcut" to find the picture you wish to compress and e-mail. Navigate to the location where you store the picture, highlight it and then click "Add."

Highlight the thumbnail of the picture you wish to compress by clicking it with your mouse.

Click the "Picture" tab and select "Compress Pictures" from the drop-down menu.

Select "Email messages" under "Compress For" and click "OK."

Highlight the compressed picture and click "File" and then "Save As" to save the compressed picture. Name the compressed picture and click "Save."

Open your e-mail browser and open a new e-mail message. Click the button to attach a file to the email and navigate to the location where you saved the compressed picture file. Highlight the compressed picture file and click "Attach" to attach it to your e-mail.

Write the email message, add the recipient's e-mail address to the proper field, add a subject for the email and send it.

Download the free Pando program and install it on your computer. Open the Pando program, select "Share New" and then select "Email."

Enter the email address of the person to whom you wish to send the picture file into the "To" field.

Drag the picture file into the "Files and Folders" box or click "Browse" to navigate to the location of the picture file to select it.

Enter a subject for your e-mail and write a short message.

Click the link near the bottom of the window to enter your name and e-mail address into the proper fields. Click "Send" to send the email with the picture attachment.


Microsoft Office Picture Manager is a part of the Microsoft Office Suite (from 2003 onward). Pando is a free utility program.

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