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don't know what I am doing wrong with pic attachments

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#1 georgia


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Posted 03 March 2010 - 11:32 PM

Hi, I am not sure what I am doing wrong and I hope this is the right place to post.
I have my pictures saved by date in 'My Pictures' ....when I click on the date the folder opens with all of the pictures that I look at and then when I go to attach an individual one, I am doing something wrong as the pictures in the folder convert into just numbered images and I don't know what they are?
I am confused here as it has been awhile since I did picture attachments but I do not recall them converting from a picture into a folder of numbered images.
I hope that I am explaining myself well enough so that some experienced user maybe able to help me.
'My Documents' contains my ' picture file ' which contains my photos that I store there by date.
Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
Thank you.

Edited by georgia, 03 March 2010 - 11:35 PM.

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 01:34 PM

I don't have my XP machine running at the moment to double-check
When you open My Pictures, In the menu bar, select View and click on Thumbnail
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Posted 14 March 2010 - 11:26 PM

Hello :thumbsup:

I think (could be wrong) what you are talking about is two different windows/dialog boxes.
I think you are looking at thumbnail views in either a My Computer window or a Windows Explorer window.
Then I think you are using email (web based email, or Outlook Express, or Outlook, or some other email program),
and have an email open, and then when you go to attach a picture, you are seeing Detail view, and not seeing
thumbnail images.
If this IS what you are talking about, the way I do it, is look at the image, remember the name of the picture I want to attach,
then go to the email and attach it. It requires paying attention to the name of the file, rather than just selecting it from a
thumbnail of the image.
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Posted 15 March 2010 - 09:53 AM

Yes, you are probably right. But I also have forgotten the basics of how to attach multiple pics.
I select one pic and attach it and then go back to the folder with the other pics and even though I have clicked on "insert"...."attach" I can't seem to get additional pics added.
I experience this in both my 'Outlook' and 'Yahoo' e-mail accounts.
I find the additional pic but am doing something wrong so that it won't attach.
As you can tell I have not used the attachment of pic process for some time.
I really thank you for your response and interest.
OS is xpsp2.
Again thank you.
Yes and I also am getting pics in a DCIM folder and listed by date under My Pictures. I need to get them all in one place and preferably by date so I need a simple to use picture organizer as well.
I really don't know why this DCIM folder got started, that is how inexperienced that I am with picutres.
Does anyone have suggested reading that I might do to make my picture storage which is not only on my hard drive but also an external drive? :thumbsup:

Edited by georgia, 15 March 2010 - 10:00 AM.

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 06:44 PM

Hello :thumbsup:

The DCIM folder is commonly used by different memory cards for digital cameras.
I think it stands for Digital Camera IMage.
Sounds like pictures were unloaded from a memory card to your hard drive.

Here's instructions for attaching multiple pictures to a Yahoo email:
Yahoo! Mail > Yahoo! Mail > Emailing: The Basics
How do I add an attachment to an email?


Don't know which version of Outlook you're using, so here are a few tutorials for Outlook:

Step-by-Step: Sending E-Mail Attachments

Attach a file or message to an e-mail message
Applies to: Microsoft Office Outlook 2003


Attach a file or other item to an e-mail message
Applies to: Microsoft Office Outlook 2007


For me, adding multiple attachments (photos) to an email, it requires that I flip back/forth between a graphics viewer
(so I can see which picture is which), and the email that I am attaching the pictures to.

You can use My Computer or Windows Explorer (Thumbnail view) to see tiny "thumbnail images", or you can use a graphics viewer program.
In the menus across the top (File, Edit, View, Favorites, Tools, Help), click View, Thumbnails.

A free graphics viewer program called IrfanView is listed here:
Post # 3, under Graphics Design & Editing
Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps
IrfanView home page: http://www.irfanview.com/
Here are screenshots so you can see what the IrfanView program looks like:

As far as organizing your photos, you can decide whether you want them all on your hard drive, or all on your external hard drive.
(Important ones could be backed up/burned to a CD in case of hard drive failure.)
When I helped a friend of mine organize her photos (elderly lady in her late 70's), we created a main folder called Photos, and then created sub-folders inside the Photos folder like this:
  • Concerts
  • Grandkids
  • Home Inventory
  • Vacation

You can Drag/Drop the photos to the appropriate folder,
or you can select multiple files at once, either by using the Ctrl key or the Shift key and Cut/Paste.
Ctrl is for non-sequential files, like the first one, the third one, the fifth one, etc.
Shift is to select the first file you click, the last file you click, and all files in between.
Here's a little more info on selecting multiple files:
How do I select or highlight multiple files?

Some people are comfortable with Drag/Drop.
Some people end up frustrated with Drag/Drop, because if your finger "stutters" on the mouse,
you can accidentally drop your files in an unintended location, and you might not know where the files got dropped.
If that happens, click Edit, Undo Move and it puts the files back where they were.
Some people prefer to use Cut/Paste, to avoid the finger stuttering on the mouse issue.

To arrange files by Date, when you are in a My Computer or Windows Explorer screen,
click View, Arrange Icons by, Modified.
Another quick way, when you see the column header (that says Name, Size, Type, Date Modified), you can Right click on the column header, and select "Date Created". It adds a "Date Created" column. You can then left click/drag the Date Created column where you want it (perhaps before Date Modified). Then, left click (one time) on the column header that says Date Created, and it puts the files in date order. If you click it again, it puts them in date order in the other direction (ascending order vs descending order).

Hope that gives you what you need :flowers:

Just curious, have you considered getting the Windows Update for Windows XP SP3 (Service Pack 3) ?

Information about Windows XP Service Pack 3
Steps before you install Windows XP SP3
To view some recommended steps to take before you install Windows XP SP3, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
950717 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950717/ ) Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3

List of fixes that are included in Windows XP Service Pack 3
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