If you need to send a large image as an attachments in Outlook 2013, here’s a trick that allows you to resize it to a smaller size. This allows you to send the picture more quickly, and avoid company attachment size limits — believe it or not, some companies still have small attachment limits. Resizing the image will prevent you from getting bounce backs. This is also helpful if you need to resize an image for yourself. Here’s how to do it.
Quick Image Resizing in Outlook 2013
While this is a quick method of resizing images, you should know that it will only allow you to resize them to a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. This won’t give you the ultimate full quality of say a RAW image, it can still be which useful in a lot of situations.
Start by opening Outlook and composing a new message. Then click the Insert tab on the Ribbon, and then click the Attach File.
Find the image you want to resize and attach to the message.
The next steps are the key for making this work. Once the image has been added as an attachment, click the File tab.
You’ll see the following screen in the Info section. Select “Resize large images when I send this message” and click the arrow on the top right side to return to the Compose screen. Type your message and send it off.
If you’re using this trick to resize the image for yourself, type your own email address and send it to yourself. After that, you can open the message from the Inbox or from Sent Items.
Once you open the message, you will notice that the image attachment is significantly smaller in size. In this example, I used a 5 MB image file and it’s been compressed down to only 136 KB. The only thing left to do is to right-click the name of the file and Save it wherever you want on your computer.
If you’re sending the image to a business colleague they’ll be able to recieve it and check it out. Then if you need to send the original large RAW photo, you can use Dropbox, SkyDrive, or service like YouSendIt.