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    What makes small gifs large when inserted in mail (Outlook 2000)

    I just inserted a 40 kb gif file into an e-mail by Insert>Object and browsing to the file. I did this because it seemed to display the gif file in the e-mail, which is what I wanted. When I sent the file, however, it took a long time to send. When I looked in the sent folder, the sent mail was 1 MB (with no other attachments and only very little text).

    Why did inserting a 40 kb gif file inflate the size of the mail message so much?

    P.S. This happened twice, so I know it was no fluke.

    Thanks!!
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    Re: What makes small gifs large when inserted in mail (Outlook 2000)

    I don't think this depends on the format you use. HTML shouldn't bloat. Text won't either, but then the picture isn't displayed, just attached. RTF does bloat. I think it's because the MIME translation decompresses the image.

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    Re: What makes small gifs large when inserted in mail (Outlook 2000)

    Did you have a number of recipients? I don't know if Woody ever got to the bottom of the 4. Outlook Message Inflation issue.
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    Re: What makes small gifs large when inserted in mail (Outlook 2000)

    If this is HTML mail, use Insert > Picture... Wait, there is no Insert > Object. Are you using Word as your mail client? Well... there's your trouble! See the message about RTF format.

    If you want to compose HTML mail in Word 2000, you also could create a new document and use File > Send to > Mail recipient. When you send, it should convert to HTML rather than RTF, or at least it does for me.

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    Re: What makes small gifs large when inserted in mail (Outlook 2000)

    Actually I did NOT use Word as my e-mail editor, but I did do some poking around.

    "Tools > Options > Mail Format tab > Send in this message format" was set to Outlook Rich Text Format, which I had never heard of. Based on what you guys of said, this would probably cause the same bloat.

    Thanks for getting me pointed in the right direction!!

    Troy

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