I want to be able to send a photo as an attachment, but not
have it automatically visible when the recipient opens the email. I sent a
message to myself with a photo as an attachment and when I opened it, the photo
was shown as an attachment, but it was also opened at the below message
It seems like overkill to me. If I send six photos as attachments, then the
recipient will get six attachments and six opened photos below the message.
How do I stop this behavior.
Well, the short answer is: you don’t. You’re trying to control a feature
that may or many not even be present in your recipients mail program.
But there are some games we can play.
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Many mail programs have this feature, Outlook Express being a prime example. Assuming that
images aren’t blocked by OE for security, it will automatically display
attachments below the message body when you view a message. Note that these
aren’t additional copies of the photos, they’re just the attachments
automatically displayed for you. Outlook Express is trying to be helpful, and
save you the step of opening each attachment to view it.
Contrast that to Outlook which does not have this feature. I get requests
for it regularly, so I know the it’s popular.
I know of no way that you, as the sender of the email, can control this
feature directly. If you send a picture as an attachment, it may be
automatically displayed if the feature exist and the settings are right in the
recipients mail program.
Now, if you really, positively, want to make sure that the images aren’t
automatically displayed, then don’t send them as images. Use a “zip” utility to
bundle them into a “.zip” file. Normally we think of zipping a file to compress
it, but since most images such as “.jpg” files are already compressed, the file
probably won’t get much smaller, if at all. However the result will be a zip
file, not an image, which you would then send to your recipient as an
attachment. Their mailer won’t automatically display it.
The down side is that your recipient will have to un-zip the file before he
or she can view the images.
As kind of wacky an alternative you could simply rename the files before you
attach them. For example rename “picture.jpg” to “picture.leo”, and the
recipient’s mailer won’t know what to do with it. The type of file is indicated
by the extension. A “.jpg” file is an image, and the mailer acts accordingly. A
“.leo” file? Who knows? Certainly not the mailer, so it shouldn’t display the
image that it is.
Again the down side is that your recipient will need to rename the files
back, for example renaming “picture.leo” to “picture.jpg”, before they can view