How to Send a Large Amount of Pictures

By Kevin Lee

Updated September 28, 2017

Taking pictures is sometimes easier than sharing them with friends.
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Attaching individual files to an email message can take a lot of time if you have many files to send. For example, you might wish to show a friend a folder full of photos you took on vacation. Instead of adding multiple email attachments manually, you can let Windows 7 simplify the attachment process. The method you use depends on whether you use a program such as Outlook to send mail or an online email service.

Use Installed Email Program

Click the Start button to display the Start menu. If your computer does not have an email program, proceed to the next section.

Click "Pictures." Windows Explorer opens and displays the folders in your "Pictures" library. Navigate to the folder that contains the images you wish to send.

Hold down your "Ctrl" key and click the images in that folder you want to attach to your email message.

Click the "E-mail" button at the top of the window. The "Attach Files" dialog window appears.

Click the "Picture Size" drop-down box, and select a size for the images you selected.

Click "Attach." Windows 7 opens your email program and attaches your images automatically to a new message. Compose your message and send it.

Use an Internet Email Service

Click your Windows 7 Start menu and then click "Pictures" to view your "Pictures" library.

Navigate to the folder that contains the images you would like to email.

Right-click one of the image files in that folder and select "Send To." A menu of options appears. Click "Compressed (zipped) Folder." Explorer will create a new Zip folder named "" where "xyz" is the name of the file you clicked. For instance if you right-click "mountains.jpg," Explorer creates a Zip file named

Add additional files to the Zip folder using this method.

Log on to your email account and create a new message. Click the button to add an attachment and navigate to the folder that contains the Zip folder.

Attach that folder and send your message.


Many online email services have limitations on the size of an email attachment. If you create a Zip folder containing a large amount of files, right-click that folder and select "Properties." Windows will show you the size of the folder. Do not attach the folder if its size exceeds that allowed by your email service; divide the folder into smaller folders to attach.