How to send large picture files through email

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How to send large picture files through email
Compress large picture files to send them via e-mail. (E-mail Concept image by wayne ruston from

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.

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    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."

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

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

  1. 1

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

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

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    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.

Tips and warnings

  • 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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