Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
I want to be able to send a photo as an attachment, but not have it automatically visible when the recipient opens the email. I sent a message to myself with a photo as an attachment and when I opened it, the photo was shown as an attachment, but it was also opened at the below message text.
It seems like overkill to me. If I send six photos as attachments, then the recipient will get six attachments and six opened photos below the message.
How do I stop this behavior.
Well, the short answer is: you don't. You're trying to control a feature that may or many not even be present in your recipients mail program.
But there are some games we can play.
Many mail programs have this feature, Outlook Express being a prime example. Assuming that images aren't blocked by OE for security, it will automatically display attachments below the message body when you view a message. Note that these aren't additional copies of the photos, they're just the attachments automatically displayed for you. Outlook Express is trying to be helpful, and save you the step of opening each attachment to view it.
Contrast that to Outlook which does not have this feature. I get requests for it regularly, so I know the it's popular.
I know of no way that you, as the sender of the email, can control this feature directly. If you send a picture as an attachment, it may be automatically displayed if the feature exist and the settings are right in the recipients mail program.
Now, if you really, positively, want to make sure that the images aren't automatically displayed, then don't send them as images. Use a "zip" utility to bundle them into a ".zip" file. Normally we think of zipping a file to compress it, but since most images such as ".jpg" files are already compressed, the file probably won't get much smaller, if at all. However the result will be a zip file, not an image, which you would then send to your recipient as an attachment. Their mailer won't automatically display it.
The down side is that your recipient will have to un-zip the file before he or she can view the images.
As kind of wacky an alternative you could simply rename the files before you attach them. For example rename "picture.jpg" to "picture.leo", and the recipient's mailer won't know what to do with it. The type of file is indicated by the extension. A ".jpg" file is an image, and the mailer acts accordingly. A ".leo" file? Who knows? Certainly not the mailer, so it shouldn't display the image that it is.
Again the down side is that your recipient will need to rename the files back, for example renaming "picture.leo" to "picture.jpg", before they can view them.