The overwhelmingly huge response to last week's question kept me busy for days; I didn't get to paint my house, fix my car, or even go home to my family (just kidding.) After reading through all the submissions, I found that 85 percent of our members recommended IrfanView as a free and easy-to-use image-editing utility. While it is not this week's selected answer, I have included it in the honorable mentions, since a member took the time to write out a step-by-step solution using IrfanView. So take a look at this week's winning answer below and check out all the other recommended solutions provided by our members, ranging from converting the file format to zipping it all up. We hope this answers your question, Doug. Thanks for all the great solutions!
I use Outlook, and my digital pictures are too big to send by e-mail (more than a megabyte each). How can I easily reduce their file size for e-mailing without having to learn Photoshop or some other complex program?
Doug V. of Cambridge, MA
To easily reduce the file size of your picture to send via e-mail, do the following:
1. Open your specific picture in Microsoft Paint (standard in most, if not all, Windows OSs): File > Open > (picture's filename).
2. Use this pull-down menu: Image > Stretch/Skew.
3. Reduce Stretch percentages by same amount (to keep formatting the same), say 50 percent in both horizontally and vertically. You can experiment before saving to get the right balance between file size and picture readability by using Undo.
4. Once you have an acceptable photo size for e-mailing, save the file: File > Save As > (filename and file type as JPEG File Interchange Format: jpg; jpeg). (Note: If you want to keep your original file intact, choose Save As and type in a different name.)
Now you are ready to e-mail your photo.
--Submitted by: Mike K., Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
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