I have a bunch of photos that I want to e-mail. How can I do this without manually attaching each photo separately?
You can e-mail multiple pictures (or any type of file for that matter) from Windows Explorer. Simply select each photo you wish to send, and use the e-mail button located in Explorer’s sidebar.
Step 1: Select Your Pictures
Your first order of business is to select each file you wish to attach. Open up Windows Explorer, and browse to the location in which your pictures are kept.
If you wish to e-mail all of the pictures in this folder, simply hold CTRL and press A. This will select everything.
If you would like to e-mail only a subset of the pictures in this folder, select those pictures using a multiple item selection technique.
- If your desired pictures are all in a row, click on the first one, hold down the Shift key, and click on the last one. Everything in between will be selected, including the first and last pictures.
- If your desired pictures are spread out, hold down the CTRL key while clicking on each one. By holding down CTRL, you prevent the previously selected picture from being deselected each time you click on a new one.
Step 2: E-mail Your Pictures
Now that your pictures are selected, it’s time to send the e-mail. Click on “E-mail the selected items“, which is in the left sidebar underneath “File and Folder Tasks”. Windows will start up your default e-mail program (e.g. Outlook, Thunderbird) and attach all of the selected picture files.
Mind the Size of Your Attachments
Many e-mail service providers place a limit on the maximum size of an attachment that can be sent or received. A typical size limit is 1 MB. If you are sending many high-resolution files, you may be prevented from sending your e-mail. The recipient’s e-mail provider may also refuse to accept your message. If this is the case, you must either downsize the pictures or split them up across multiple e-mail messages.
Before sending your e-mail, Windows will ask if you wish to resize the selected pictures. If you are having trouble sending your message due to the size of the attachments, you might want to use this feature.