How to Print Photos From an E-mail

By Catherine Johnson

Advances in technology and the Internet allow families and friends to easily keep in touch with each other. One of the most common ways of staying in touch is by sending photos through e-mail. Digital photo files are usually attached to an e-mail message. When the message is sent, the recipient also gets the attached photos. If you receive wonderful photos in an e-mail message from a family member or friend, it is very easy to print these photos so that you have a copy to display in a picture frame at your home or office.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • E-mail account
  • Photo printer

Step 1

Open the e-mail message that contains the photos.

Step 2

Go to the "Attachments" section at the bottom of the message if you are viewing this e-mail in your web browser. Click the "Download" link next to the photo you wish to print. The photo will be downloaded onto your computer. Repeat this step for each photo until they are all downloaded.

Step 3

Go to the top of the message where it displays the "From" and "To" e-mail addresses if you are viewing the e-mail in a mail client like Outlook or Apple Mail. Find the "Attached files" section beneath these headers. Click the link to the photo file. Your mail client will ask whether you want to open or save the photo to your computer. Click "Save" and choose an easy to remember location on your computer to store the photo file. Repeat this step for each attached photo until they are all saved on to your computer.

Step 4

Navigate to the location on your computer where you saved or download the photos. Double-click on one of the photo files. Your computer's default image viewing program should open up.

Step 5

Go to "File" in the main menu of your image program and select "Print." Your image viewer may provide options on the size and layout of your photo. Choose the options that best suit your needs. Click "Print." Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each photo you want to print.

Tips & Warnings

  • Instead of printing your photos onto regular printing paper, print them onto specialized glossy photo paper. These papers are designed to highlight the rich colors in a photograph and will help to bring your photo to life.

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