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Does embedding an image, in an email, debauch its appearance or quality?

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My bosses and colleagues prefer images to be embedded, rather than attaching an image to an email — not least because attachments can be wrongly flagged as spam, and because it's easier to see embedded pictures than clicking and opening many attachments. This screenshot hails from that YouTube video.

Many of my colleagues complain that they can't clearly see my embedded images, which appear in lower resolution and quality. But they CAN clearly see the same picture as an attachment. Why? Is my computer the issue? Microsoft Outlook?

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This is up to the how the email client displays the images, which is something you as the sender have no control over. For embedded images, the client usually re-sizes them to fit in the preview area. With attached images, the image file is viewed in a separate app, which is presumably optimized for displaying images and has its own window it can make whatever size it wants.

As a side note, embedded images can be a pain to receive. They are OK if you want to quickly show something, but not when the point is to give someone an image file. Too many email clients make it difficult to extract embedded images to individual files on your machine. This often has to be done manually and separately for each image, whereas most clients have an easy way to save all attachments to your file system in a directory of your choosing.

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