I had an interesting question about e-mail.  “My OS is Windows 7 Home Premium and I use Windows Live mail. is there any other way to forward/send photos to other contacts without using OneDrive i.e. attached to the actual email?”

You don’t say if you’re using the Windows Live Mail e-mail client or using the Outlook.com webmail with a LiveMail address.

If you’re using the Live Mail e-mail client on your PC, it’s super simple. Just open a new message, the choose the Insert tab at the top and the paperclip icon to attach a document or photo.

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Select the files you want and they will appear as attachments to the e-mail.

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Now you’re still uploading these files to the cloud. The message and the files are going to the cloud server for your e-mail and then to the cloud server for the recipient’s e-mail. Be cautious in sending a lot of attachments in one e-mail. A large number of photos could be too large some some people’s mail accounts or very large for some mailboxes. I used to have that issue with my limited-sized inbox at a job.

Uploading to a service like OneDrive or GoogleDrive is a way to make sure the recipient can download the material at their convenience and without risk of overwhelming an inbox.

If you’re using the Outlook.com, you’ll also create a new message and choose the Insert icon.

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From the drop-down menu choose Files as attachments.

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Choose the files you want and they’ll be attached to your message. Again, they’re actually being uploaded to a cloud server along with your message.

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~ Cynthia