How to Reduce Photo Sizes on Gmail

By Carol Finch

Sending large photos in an email can make the message slow to send and receive, and you may need to reduce the photo's size to speed things up. Although Gmail has a resizing tool for images placed inline in the body of an email, it can't help you reduce photos sent as attachments. To resize those, you need to use a free image editing program, such as Photo Gallery (Windows 8) or Windows Live Photo Gallery (Windows 7) to reduce the photo before attaching it.

Resize an Inline Photo in Gmail

Step 1

Select **Compose** to create a new Gmail message. Select **Insert Photo** from the menu at the bottom of the email.

Step 2

Choose the location of your photo from the **Insert Photo** menu. Use **Photos** or **Albums** tabs to select images associated with your Google account, such as Google+ photos, or a Web address (URL) to paste a link to an online image. To upload a photo stored on your computer, use **Upload**. Drag the image to the window or use **Choose Photos to Upload** to search for it. Select the image to start uploading it into the message.

Step 3

Select the photo in the email. If the image is large, Google will resize to *Best fit* so it appears neatly on the page. Select **Small** from the sizing options to reduce it. Or use the blue squares on the outline around the photo to drag it to the size you want. When you're done, you can send your email.

Resize a Photo for a Gmail Attachment

Step 1

Type **photo** from the Start screen in Windows 8 or in the Start menu search bar in Windows 7 and open the **Photo Gallery** program from the results. Double-click the folder containing your photo in the directory bar, right-click on the photo and select **View File** to open it in the gallery. Note: If you don't see *Photo Gallery* or *Windows Live Photo Gallery* in search results, your manufacturer may not have installed it on your computer. To install it, download Microsoft's free Windows Essentials pack. (See Resources.)

Step 2

Select **Properties** in the Organize area and then **Resize**. Use the Select a Size drop-down menu to reduce the photo -- for emails, the **Smaller** option may be the best. The program automatically saves the resized photo as a new file in the same folder as the original. To store it in a different folder, select **Browse**, choose its new location and select **OK**. When you're done, select **Resize and Save**.

Step 3

Go to your Gmail account and create a new email. Select the **Attach Files** button on the bottom menu.

Step 4

Go to the resized photo on your computer in the upload window. Select **Open** to insert it as an attachment in your email.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also resize photos in Windows Paint program.
  • If you want to send a lot of large photos in one email, it may be easier to put them in a zip folder to compress them all at once rather than resize them individually. (See Resources.)
  • To share an image without resizing it, upload it to a cloud storage site, such as OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox. (See Resources)
  • The maximum attachment size in Gmail is 25MB -- attachments will not send if they exceed this limit.