The Best Way to Email Multiple Photos

Written by jay leon
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Sending lots of photos via e-mail can be either a snap or a big waste of time, depending on how you do it. Often when sending multiple pictures, you want to compress them first to make them smaller. Windows can help through this otherwise tedious process, by reducing the sizes of the photos all at once and immediately attaching them, en masse, to a message. That way sharing pictures with family and friends is a breeze.

Skill level:


    Compressed Archive

  1. 1

    Open the "Pictures" library via the "Start" menu. Double-click the folder that contains the photos you want to send in an e-mail.

  2. 2

    Hold down the "Ctrl" key on the keyboard. Click each file you want to send.

  3. 3

    Right-click and click "Send to." Select "Compressed (zipped) folder" as the destination. Windows 7 will create a ZIP file containing the selected photos. You have the option to rename the file.

  4. 4

    Right-click the ZIP file. Click "Send to" and choose "Mail recipient." Windows 7 will open a new message in the default e-mail client with the ZIP archive attached.

    Multiple File Send

  1. 1

    Go to the "Pictures" library and open the folder where the pictures are saved.

  2. 2

    Press and hold the "Ctrl" key. Click to select each photo.

  3. 3

    Click "E-mail" on the toolbar.

  4. 4

    Select a size for the photos. You can choose from a range of preset sizes from small to large and original size.

  5. 5

    Click "Attach." Windows will attach the photo to a new message in your default e-mail program.

Tips and warnings

  • To send the ZIP file through a Web-based e-mail account, log in to your account, create a new message and add the ZIP file as an attachment. Keep in mind your server may limit the maximum file size you can send.
  • Do not send too many pictures at a time if they are very large. E-mail servers often have space limits. Recipients could also have difficulty downloading huge attachments.

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