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Windows XP Tips, Illustrations and registry edits

Why don't the Resize Pictures dialog appear while sending picture to e-mail?

When you select an image file and click "E-mail this file" in the Common Tasks pane, the image resize dialog may not appear.

This happens if the image file is not a natively supported type by Windows XP. The supported file types are the following:


If the file type is a natively supported image file type, and still the dialog does not appear, follow these steps:

  • Click Start, Run and type regsvr32 shimgvw.dll

  • Restart Windows for the changes to take effect

More Information

The problem happens if the Perceived Type value in the registry is incorrect or missing. The Perceived Type value for the above mentioned files are set to image once the DLL is registered. See MSDN Library for more information about Perceived Types.