At the time of writing, AOL offers 25MB for email attachments. This means you can send tons of photos from your AOL email account – yes, even those large pictures from your digital camera, though I suggest reading how to decrease picture size to stuff in more in a single message.
Anyway, there are two ways to send photos from an AOL email account. The first involves attaching the picture file to the message, while the other, is more intuitive and puts the image ‘inside the email‘ (embedding).
We’ll touch base with these options once more at the end of the article after you have learnt how to attach and send photos from the AOL account. To give you a heads up, the difference is subtle.
We’ll first look at the process of sending a photo that resides on your computer; yes, there is also a way to directly insert an online photo in an AOL email.
Please note that depending on the operating system and the configuration of your computer, some of the steps below might be different for you. The screenshots are from the Standard AOL webmail interface. You can switch to this version if using Basic or Accessible interface by clicking the link at the bottom of the page in your account.
So now that you know how to attach as well as embed photos in the AOL email message, which one should you use? There is no direct answer – it depends on your requirements. Also, nowadays, with web-based email programs (webmail) showing a thumbnail of image attachments, the difference between these two methods is sort of hazy. Having said that, I strongly suggest that photos with large dimensions should be sent as attachments and not embedded in the message body. You might also be interested in how to reduce image size for email and the web.
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