How to Send Photos in Gmail

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

I have an unusual question. I would like to send a picture that I have in a folder in my documents.

I can see the picture and it goes and you can open it into Windows Picture & Fax Viewer. They are listed as -jpg  I would like to send it to someone. I know when you put the pictures on the computer you have a choice of saving or emailing.

Any help will be fine with me.
      Thank you Eileen

Dear Eileen,

When I looked at your email address, I noticed that you are using a Gmail email account. This could be part of your problem.

There is nothing wrong with a web based e-mail program like Gmail and others, but you need to know the difference when doing things like sending pictures to someone.

When you try to send a picture by e-mail using Windows, it only works if you have a dedicated email program installed and set up on your computer. If you are using web based email, you are using your web browser program for email instead of an email program.

You can still send pictures using your Gmail, I will give you directions:

1. Log into your Gmail account.

2. Click on the “Compose Mail” button in the left column.

3. Type in the email address and subject for your message.

4. Just under the Subject line, click on the link that says, “Attach a file”.

5. A dialog box will open, allowing you to find your picture. Since you indicated that you know where it is located, that should be fairly easy.

6. Click once on the picture you want to attach, then click on the “Open” button.

7. Your email will once again be displayed with the photo attached.


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    • alexnetherton
    • December 4, 2010

    Hi Elizabeth. Your reader might also think about using an email program with Gmail. I have my Gmail account set up as a POP account, and am using Thunderbird to download and send mail.
    Of course, if a person has no computer, they will simply have to use Gmail; I do not like Hotmail or Yahoo, as there is just too much SPAM on both of them!

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