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The Internet: The Missing Manual by David Pogue, J.D. Biersdorfer

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Sending Photos via Email

If you just have a few photos you want to share—or would prefer to keep Web sites out of it for whatever reason—sending pictures as email attachments (Section 14.3) is still a perfectly fine way to send them around to your friends.

There are several ways to attach a picture (or pictures) to an email message, including:

  • In Windows, right-click a photo file or selected group of files (on your Desktop or in your My Pictures folder or wherever) and choose Send to → Mail Recipient from the shortcut menu. Your email program opens a new outgoing message, with the photo already attached; just address and send.

  • On the Mac, drag photo files from your desktop onto the Dock icon of your email program (Mail, Entourage, or whatever). Once again, the program is smart enough to get the hint; it creates an outgoing message and attaches the files, ready to send. (You can also drag photos into the body of an outgoing message you've already created.)

    If you keep your pictures in iPhoto, it's equally easy: Select a photo (or several) and then click the Email button at the bottom of the window. The beauty of this approach is that iPhoto offers to resize the photos to screen resolution before sending them (read on).

  • If an outgoing message is already open and addressed in your email program, click the Attach File button. The standard Open File dialog box appears; navigate to the place on your hard drive where the picture you want to send lives.

Before you try any of these techniques, ...

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