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Monday, August 13, 2007

Sending Pictures with Outlook Express

So you've got this great picture of your new dog guide, and you want to share it with another visually impaired friend. Did you know that you can email the picture to them using Outlook Express? Follow these steps:

  1. First, Create a new message and make sure that you have Format set to "Rich Text (HTML)".
  2. Use ALT+I to open the "Insert" menu.
  3. Use your down arrow key to move to "select Picture", or click it with your mouse.
  4. A dialog box will come up that allows you to browse to the picture's location on your hard drive.
  5. Find your picture, hit OK , and you're all set.

Note that you can set a few other options before you hit OK. Here's a quick rundown:

  • Alternate Text - This will be displayed in place of the picture if the recipient's e-mail client is not able to, or not set to, display pictures.
  • Under Layout - Alignment - This lets you set your text wrapping. For example, if you set it to Left, the image should appear on the left of the message with your text wrapping around to the right. It's actually kind of cool.
  • Border Thickness - If you would like to have a border around your image, set the thickness using this box. The units are in pixels, so 2 or 3 is usually a good size.
  • Under Spacing - Your horizontal and vertical spacing sets the distance the text is from the image. By default, there is some space, but you can increase that area by entering values (pixels) into these two boxes.

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