Attaching Photos to AOL Internet Email Service Emails - A Problemo

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  1. George Costanza
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    Tricky (for me) question. I'm sure someone out there will know the answer.

    I want to attach jpeg photos to an email and send them to another person. I am using AOL. (I know, I know . . . but I'm using it, and that's that, OK?) In the old days, before I learned the hard way that installing AOL software onto your computer can ruin your computer for you, attaching and sending photos to emails was no problem.

    Now that I know better about AOL software, however, I use the AOL Internet email service. Now, I have a problem. Now, I can attach a photo (or a number of them) to an email OK, but now, the photo actually appears in the body of the email. It never used to do that when I was using AOL software.

    I suppose having the photo appear in the email is OK, however, it is a HUGE version of the photo - so huge, that you cannot view the photo, as a practical matter. I have learned that you can right click on the photo and select View Photo, and that will scale it down somewhat, but it is still much too large.

    I don't want the damn photo to appear in the body of the email. I just want to attach it so the person receiving it can view it with some type of photo viewer, i.e., opening it independently of viewing it in the actual body of the email.

    How do I do that? Can it even be done? If it cannot be done, how do I "scale down" the photo(s), so it won't be so large in the body of the email?
     
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    Push the paperclip button on the AIM Mail toolbar. (3rd from the end.)
     
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    are you adding them as attachments?

    Most mega pixel photos toady are way to huge. You need to use a photo editor and down size them. Software if you have it or something like photo bucket. Then try uploading them as attachments to your email.
     
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    I don't have an AIM Mail toolbar. There is a paperclip located right below the Subject field and just to the left of the Browse field. But the paperclip doesn't do anything if you click on it. You have to click on the Browse button and then navigate to the photo(s) you want to attach.

    When you do that, you get the huge photos in the body of the email (see OP).
     
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    Yes - I am attaching them to the email. But I am used to attaching pics as nothing more than attachments - they shouldn't appear in the email itself. For example, suppose you want to attach a Word file or an Excel file to an email. You go through the same procedure as you do with pics, i.e., clicking on Browse, navigating to the file you want and then clicking on Open. But, when you do that, the file itself does not appear in the email, i.e., you don't see your spreadsheet as part of the email itself. You just send it and the recipient opens it with his/her Excel or Word program or whatever.

    So I guess that's really my question - regardless of the size of the pic, is there a way I can just ATTACH it, without having the pic itself appear in the email?

    Yes, the photos I am sending are quite large - about l.4 MB each. I know how to shrink the size of jpeg files in Photobucket. But I am sending a large number of photos and don't want to go to all the trouble of doing that. I think there is a way to mess with the file sizes by using batch file procedures in Paint Shop Pro 8 (which I have) but, again, I don't want to have to do that if I can avoid it.

    All I want to do is ATTACH the suckers. Tell me how to do that (please), if it can be done.
     
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    It is there when I go to AIM Mail in my browser, let me check.

    Got it, you are using the basic interface. You should see a choose file button on the compose page. If that doesn't work, scroll down and you should see a link that say standard version. If you click on that you should see the toolbar I mentioned.
     
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    Leaving for work and don't have time to check this out - will do when I get home. But is this heading to where I will be able to merely attach a photo without having the photo appear in the email itself?
     
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    Good question. The fast and dirty solution (I think) would be to attach the photos to and email to yourself and then forward the email.
     
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    Nope. It doesn't matter who I send it to (myself included), the body of the email contains this huge photo. You have to scroll forever just to see a small portion of it.

    I guess, so far, no one knows the answer to this one. I hope someone can come up with some type of answer. Even if it's: "You're screwed - if it's Internet email, there is no way to merely attach a photo without having the photo appear in the body of the email," that would be OK. I just want to know what the deal is so I can then go forward with it.

    But I just don't understand why I can attach a Word or Excel file, the text of which does not appear in the email yet, when I attach a photo, it does appear in the body of the email.
     
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    since i don't use AOL i can only suggest a work around, zip the pic, or remove the file extension.

    it sounds like you embed instead of attach.
     

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