How can I send and receive pictures in e-mail?

EmailThere are far too many e-mail programs for us to cover them all. This page contains information on how to send and receive pictures in each of the more popular e-mail services. You may have to adapt the following steps to fit the specific application you use.

It is also important to note that not all e-mails have pictures attached to them. Some messages are sent in HTML format, meaning the message can contain images without attachments.

Click one of the links below to go directly to the application you need help with, or scroll down to read through the entire document.

Tips for sending pictures through e-mail
Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express
Mozilla Thunderbird
Microsoft Hotmail
Gmail
Yahoo!

Tips for sending pictures through e-mail

Below are some general tips to consider when sending any attachment through e-mail, including pictures.

  • It is common courtesy to send only one to five attachments in a single e-mail. If you have more than five pictures, we suggest you post them online and send a link to that site, or compress all the files into one.
  • Moreover, if the file containing your pictures is larger than 25 MB, we suggest you post it using one of the services mentioned above because most Internet e-mail services have 25 MB as their limit.
  • Consider using an image editor to reduce the size of the images. Images often take up a considerable amount space. Not only does this cause longer download times, but it reduces the number of images you can send.
  • Convert the images into formats supported by multiple computers. For example, all computers can open JPEG (JPG), PNG and GIF files. Make sure the images you send are in one of these formats.

Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express

Tip: You may drag and drop image files into the body of an e-mail.
Tip: You can also select and attach multiple images at once.

Attaching pictures to a Microsoft Outlook e-mail

  1. Open Microsoft Outlook.
  2. Reply to an existing e-mail, or compose a new e-mail by clicking on the New icon in the top left portion of the window.
  3. In the e-mail, click on the Insert file icon that looks like a small paper clip, or click on Insert at the top of the window and choose a file.
  4. Once you've located the file, double-click to attach it.

If the attachment is successful, you should see an icon of the file in the body of your message.

Alternative method using Outlook:

  1. Open My computer or Windows explorer and move to the location of where your files are located.
  2. Highlight and copy the picture you want to send.
  3. Open a new e-mail or reply message, then right-click in the body portion of the e-mail and select paste.

Viewing pictures in a Microsoft Outlook e-mail

  1. Open the e-mail message with the desired picture.
  2. Double-click the attachment icon at the bottom of the window or yellow paperclip icon in the e-mail preview.

Mozilla Thunderbird

Note: If you attach an image by clicking on Insert and then Image, the message becomes an HTML formatted e-mail; meaning it may not display properly in some e-mail clients.

Attaching pictures to a Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail

  1. Open Mozilla Thunderbird.
  2. Reply to an existing e-mail, or compose a new e-mail by clicking on the Write icon in the top left portion of the window.
  3. In the e-mail, click on the Attach icon; it looks like a large paper clip and is located at the top of the window.
  4. Click the Choose File button and browse to the location of the image or photo that you want to attach.
  5. Click Ok.

If the attachment is successful, you should see a link and usually an icon with the file name(s) in your message. Once you're ready to send the message, click the Send button.

Viewing pictures in a Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail

  1. Open the e-mail message with the desired picture.
  2. Many common images types are shown in the message without having to open them.
  3. If not, double-click the attachment name at the bottom of the window.

Microsoft Hotmail

Attaching pictures to a Microsoft Hotmail e-mail

  1. Log into your Hotmail account at http://www.hotmail.com.
  2. Click the New Message link.
  3. Click the Attach and then the File link.
  4. Click the Browse button and move to the location of the file you want to attach.
  5. Click Ok and then Attach Another if you want to do more than one attachment.

If the attachment is successful, you should see a link and usually an icon with the file name(s) in your message. Once you're ready to send the message, click the Send button.

Viewing pictures in a Microsoft Hotmail e-mail

  1. Open the e-mail with the desired picture.
  2. Many common images types are shown in the message without having to open them.
  3. If not, click the View or Download link to view the image.

Gmail

Tip: You may attach multiple pictures at the same time by holding down the Ctrl key, and then clicking each file individually.

Attaching pictures to a Gmail e-mail

  1. Log into your Gmail account at http://www.gmail.com.
  2. Click the Compose link.
  3. Click the Attach File link or paperclip icon as shown in the image below.
  4. Click the Browse button and navigate to the file you want to attach.
  5. Click Ok.

Gmail attach icon

If the attachment is successful, you should see a link and usually an icon with the file name(s) in your message. Once you're ready to send the message, click the Send button.

Viewing pictures in a Gmail e-mail

  1. Open the e-mail with the desired picture.
  2. Many common images types are shown in the message without having to open them.
  3. If not, click the View or Download link to view the image.

Yahoo!

Attaching pictures to Yahoo! e-mail

  1. Log into your Yahoo! account at http://www.yahoo.com.
  2. Click Compose in the top left-hand corner.
  3. Either drag and drop the files you're sending into the message body or click the Paper clip Icon at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Select the picture you'd like to attach.
  5. Click Open.
  6. Repeat for additional files.

If the attachment is successful, you should see a link and usually an icon with the file name(s) in your message. Once you're ready to send the message, click the Send button.

Viewing pictures in a Yahoo! e-mail

  1. Open the e-mail with the desired picture.
  2. Many common images types are shown in the message without having to open them.
  3. If not, click the View or Download link to view the image.

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