If you email photos using Microsoft Outlook, you might like a quick and easy way to "shrink" the file size.
In Outlook 2007, after you attach a photo, click the Insert tab on the ribbon, and then click the dialog box launcher in the bottom right corner of the Include tool group. The Attachment Options task pane will open on the right side of the message window.
Notice the Picture Options area in the bottom half of the pane: click the drop down arrow and choose to resize your picture to Small, Medium, or Large size. You might want to click the check box at the bottom of the pane to automatically "Show when attaching files."
In Outlook 2010, this feature has been changed. To downsize a picture attachment in 2010, after you have attached the picture, click the File tab to access the backstage view of the message window. In the Info category, choose the option at the top to "Resize large images when I send this message." Images will be a reduced to a maximum of 1024x768 pixels, which must be done on a per-message basis. Click the File tab again to return to the message window.
A third option exists for Windows 7 users. Select one or more picture files in an Explorer window. Right click on a file name and choose Send to/ Mail recipient from the menu. The Attach Files dialog box will appear. Choose Smaller, Small, Medium (the 1024x768 default), Large, or Original Size. Click the Attach button and a new message will be created with the images attached and sized as you have selected.
- Irene Heckert, Microsoft Office Expert; CTT, MCAS, ITIL Certified, MOS LinkIn with Irene