Send pictures in e‑mail

If you want to share your favorite digital pictures with others, you can send them as e‑mail message attachments. Make sure the pictures you want to share are on your computer, and then follow these steps.

  1. Open the Pictures library by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Pictures.

  2. Open the folder that contains the picture you want to send in e–mail, and then click the picture.

    To select more than one picture, press and hold the Ctrl key while you click the pictures.

  3. On the toolbar, click E‑mail.

    This command only appears if an e‑mail program is installed on your computer.

  4. In the Attach Files dialog box, select a picture size from the Picture size list, and then click Attach.

    Windows opens a new e‑mail message and attaches your picture to the message using your preferred e‑mail program.

  5. When you have finished writing the e‑mail message, click Send.

Notes

  • To send pictures as an attachment to an e‑mail message by using the steps in the procedure above, you need to have an e‑mail program installed on your computer.

  • It's a good idea to optimize your pictures for e‑mail by making them smaller before you send them so e‑mail systems don't stop them. Some e‑mail servers impose a limit of 1–2 megabytes (MB) per message. Optimizing your pictures for e‑mail doesn't affect the size or quality of the original pictures on your computer; it simply resizes the e‑mail versions. Pictures are automatically resized when you send pictures in e‑mail by using the steps in the procedure above.

  • If you want, you can drag picture files directly into an open e‑mail message. However, if you do it this way, you won't have the option to automatically make the picture files smaller.