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Change How Picasa Resizes Photos When Emailing

SUMMARY: Turn off photo resizing in Picasa when e-mailing just one photo, or configure Picasa to send larger or smaller photos when e-mailing multiple pictures simultaneously.

When e-mailing photos from Picasa, the software by default proportionally resizes larger photos so that their widths and heights are not greater than 480 pixels. This way, end-users on dial-up connections are not stuck downloading huge files.

If desired (and as long as your recipients are expecting them), you can configure Picasa to not resize photos to such a low resolution. If sending a single picture, Picasa can be configured not to resize it at all. Or, if you plan on sending many photos in an e-mail, you can have Picasa resize them down to a smaller resolution.

1. Select "Tools" - "Options".

2. When the "Options" multi-tabbed dialog box appears, select the "E-Mail" tab.

3. Underneath the "Output options", you should see a slider underneath "When sending more than one picture, resize to". Click and drag the thumb slider to the left to resize photos down to a smaller resolution (down to 160 pixels), or to the right to resize photos down to a larger resolution (1600 pixels maximum width and height).

4. Underneath "When sending single pictures, resize to", click the "Original Size" radio button to not perform image resizing if sending just one photo in an e-mail message.

5. Click "OK" on the dialog box to close it.

This tip was written regarding Picasa 3.1.0 running on a Windows Vista machine. Features, information, and screenshots for other versions / operating systems may vary.

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