- "Attaching Pictures to E-Mail" -

For the Record, this author mostly uses the term IMAGE - But, "Pictures" - "Photographs" - "Photos" - "Images" - "Graphics" and also "Files" all mean the same thing to him.

Excluding the fact there exist many version of each program, there is basically three different Browsers or E-Mail Programs in use by the average User and they are:...     "Outlook Express"   -   "AOL"   -   "Netscape"

You may preview each of the E-Mail Attach Systems by clicking on either of the underlined programs above.

The versions shown are "Outlook Express 6" - "AOL 9.0" and "Netscape 7.02" - If you use a different version, then the location of the different menu items may vary but, the principal should not.

It is suggested at first you only send 1 or 2 pictures at any one time. It depends on the byte size of the pictures but, you will need to learn and get a feel for how many to attach. It all depends on your setup and the telephone line in your area.

You will get a feel for this as you start to upload or send the attachments. Just remember that the person receiving the files may be on a very slow telephone line and you could cause them to sit for an hour downloading what only took you a few minutes or less to upload if you have broad band or DSL and they have a regular phone line..

Only  JPG and GIF  formatted images are used on the internet due to the byte size of the file. The same picture in a .BMP or .TIF formatted image is many times larger in byte size and would bog down the internet by taking too long to download unless the picture was very very small..

Simply stated a byte is equal too one letter or character as shown on the screen or stowed on the Hard Drive.

"Format" kind of means how it is put together and really means that different folks did it their own way. - We don't need to understand it all, we just need to know which format to use and which not to.

Most image software provides for the images to be saved in the different formats. - Prior to E-Mailing an image, if it is in a format other then .JPG or .GIF you should load the image into an image or graphic type program and "re-save" or "save-as" to a JPG format for sending over the internet.

As a rule JPG formatted images make the smallest byte sized file and thus are the mostly widely used.

Animated images or graphics usually use the .GIF format. There are however exceptions to both.

JPG-GIF-BMP-TIF all stand for something and are formats developed by different companies or organizations but, for now we won't get into that. - There are also other image formats we don't need to know about..

Your scanner may provide for scanning images to AOL or WORD or most any other place some nerd dreamed up but, the bottom line is to get the images saved to a Folder on the Hard Drive in a JPG format.

The next goal is to know where the Folder is located and the PATH to get there so your images can be found when the ATTACH Window of your E-Mail Program pops up on the screen.

It depends on your version of Windows but, Windows provides a default Folder called "My Documents" and under or within "My Documents" is a Folder named "My Pictures"

It is recommended the inexperienced begin by using the Default Folder of "My Pictures" to stow their images.

The inexperienced User may have a problem after the ATTACH Window opens because you will need to know in which Folder your image files are stowed on the Hard Drive. -- In most cases your image files should have the file extension of .JPG or .GIF or .BMP or .TIF

Additional information about the "Attach Window" is available by clicking on either of the following:...                         Windows-98 Attach    OR    Windows-XP Attach

A few tricks learned over the years to make your computer world more enjoyable relative to naming Files and Folders and a few other things are available at:...  Tricks and Other Neat Stuff

It is suggested the User pick out which of the 3 E-Mail Programs they are using and read everything over a few times.

Have a Questions - Ask The Head Dunce by Clicking:...  HERE

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