Successfully attaching photos to email

Christopher Breen
2 December, 2008
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So, you’re emailing those great photos to your family and friends, but instead of lauding your photographic skills, they’re complaining that their photos are embedded in the email and they can’t save them. Here’s how to make sure Windows users can download your photos as a separate attachment.

There are two things you can try—the first may work and the second is guaranteed.

The first is to send messages that have photos attached as plain text rather than rich text. To do so, create a new message and choose Format -> Make Plain Text. To make plain text the default (which we old-timers love because we like our email messages unadorned by fancy fonts and formatting), choose Preferences from the Mail menu, click the Composing tab, and from the Message Format pop-up menu, choose Plain Text. From this day forward your messages will be sent as plain text by default. Should you wish to send the occasional rich text missive, choose Format -> Make Rich Text.

If this solution brings no joy (and it doesn’t always) here’s the surefire way: Compress your images into a .zip archive and attach that archive. To do so, select your image (or multiple images) in the Finder and choose File -> Compress X (where X is either the name of a single file or the number of selected files). A .zip archive of your image(s) will result. Drag that file to your email message and send. Your Windows pals will receive the file as an attachment and will need only expand the file to view its contents.

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