How to Email Photos From My Pictures

By Adrian Grahams

Sometimes a digital photo is too good to keep to yourself and you'll want to share it with friends, family and coworkers. Email is a convenient way to send photos from your computer's pictures library folder to your contacts. All email programs, including Microsoft Outlook, allow users to attach image files to email messages. However, image files are often large and some email servers automatically reject messages over a certain size. An effective way of sending a photo from your pictures folder is to attach it to the email and resize it from Outlook's "Illustrations" settings.

Step 1

Launch Microsoft Outlook from the desktop screen of the computer.

Step 2

Click "Home," then "New E-Mail." Or, press "Ctrl," "Shift" and "M" simultaneously.

Step 3

Compose your email. Complete the "Subject" field, enter the recipients' email addresses in the "To," "Cc" and "Bcc" boxes, then type the message text into the main body of the email.

Step 4

Click the "Insert" tab, then click "Attach File." This opens the folder and file browser. Find the photo that you want to attach in the "My Pictures" folder and double-click it to attach it to the email message.

Step 5

Click the "File" tab. Select "Resize Large Images When I Send This Message" under the "Image Attachments" heading. Outlook will automatically resize the image to reduce the size of the email message.

Step 6

Click the "Message" tab. Click "Send."

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also drag a picture from the "My Pictures" folder and drop it onto the email.