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This tutorial will show you how to display pictures in your messages. There are two ways of doing this:
  1. Attached to the message
  2. Hosted on another website
There are merits to both methods.

1. Attached to the message.

It is a picture stored on your PC that you upload to mg-rover.org and it is displayed at the end of your text. Before I show you how to do this, let me show you a message with a single picture attached. The next message has a picture attached.

In order to attach pictures to the message, you must be a supporter of MG-Rover.org. See here for more details: http://forums.mg-rover.org/faq.php?faq=subs_faq_item
 

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This picture has been attached to the message. I'll show you how to do this next. The picture must not exceed 102400 bytes, that's 100k
 

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First, type the text of your message and chose the picture you wish to display at the end of it. Remember, it needs to be 100k or less (102400 bytes). If you are familiar with PaintShop Pro or Photoshop then you can use these to resize your picture and even compress it. If you save your pictures as JPEG you will find they are considerably smaller than windows default type BMP. I may do another tutorial later and show you how to do this. Once you have finished your text, and you have your picture sized correctly on your PC, click on the "Manage Attachments" button in the Additional Options section to bring up the file selection dialog box. Browse to your picture and click "Open"
 

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Your picture will be uploaded to the website and displayed in your message for all to see. Try and keep your pictures down to a reasonable size: 800x600 or 640x480 as they can take up a lot of storage space and can take a long time to download. Not everybody has broadband yet. The pictures used in this tutorial are all 800x600 pixels and around 75k each.

Next I'll show you how to display more than one picture in your message.
 

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2. Displaying pictures hosted on another website.

To display more than one picture in your message we have to use another method. This involves placing a line of text into your message that points to a picture or pictures stored elsewhere on the internet. These pictures can be hosted on your own webspace but please remember, if you are using other peoples pictures stored on their site, some of them may copyrighted and we wouldn't want to get Steve Childs the webmaster into trouble would we. No, good.

So let's say you have some free webspace with your ISP. For the purpose of this tutorial I shall use Freeserve as a reference. You will need to check with your ISP regarding uploading files to your webspace but the principal remains the same.

Firstly upload all your pictures to your webspace and into the folder that you want to store them. Let's say your user name is mgfan and you have uploaded your pictures to a directory called cars. Once uploaded your pictures will be stored in the following path:

http://www.mgfan.freeserve.co.uk/cars/

So you have uploaded picture1.jpg and picture2.jpg. The path to these files will be:

http://mgfan.freeserve.co.uk/cars/picture1.jpg

http://mgfan.freeserve.co.uk/cars/picture2.jpg

It is important that you understand where your pictures are being stored on your webspace because we're going to need these addresses to display them.

There are free services available from popular sites like http://imageshack.us/ and http://photobucket.com/. With these services ytou will be able to store dozen of pictures for future retrieval free of charge.

***IMPORTANT***

Once you have your picture hosted on the web, test the validity of the address by copying its URL into a fresh window to ensure you can see it. Many mistakes are made because members are using URLs that simply don't work.
 

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Ok, so now you have uploaded your pictures and you have the http address of them so it's time to show you how to display these in your message.

Above the text entry box where I am currently typing there are some buttons and one of them is named IMG
 

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Place the cursor on the line in your message where you want the picture to appear and click on the IMG button.

A dialog box will open and you will be asked for the address of your picture. Enter the full URL as shown below. Obviously you will need to change the address to one where your picture is stored :D

When you have entered the address click Ok and the following line will appear in your message:

[IMG]http://www.mgfan.freeserve.co.uk/cars/picture1.jpg[/IMG]

Your picture will however appear like this in your message:

 

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To place a second or third picture in your message, simply repeat the process elsewhere in the text.

This message has 2 pictures displayed in the text.

This is the first one:


and this is the second:

 

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Whilst typing the text it would have looked like this:

To place a second or third picture in your message, simply repeat the process elsewhere in the text.

This message has 2 pictures displayed in the text.

This is the first one:
[IMG]http://www.mgfan.freeserve.co.uk/cars/picture1.jpg[/IMG]

and this is the second:

[IMG]http://www.mgfan.freeserve.co.uk/cars/picture2.jpg[/IMG]
 

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There you have it. With a little practise you will be displaying pictures in your messages with ease.

If you find any errors in this tutorial or you would like to ask me further questions then don't hesitate to contact me.
 

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Excellent bazza...

Good easy to understand tutorial there.

Should be handy as its one of the questions that does seem to get asked a lot..

Nice TF as well though..

:D
 

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:) :) :) :) :)

Great TUT on adding pics to your messages,:)

But How the hell do you get rid of it or change it, :(
have gone into control panel,. and tried deleting pic, but get a Mzilla error message, about changing config, ???? wtf. lol
I know how to disable "Show your Signature"
but i cant change it,

Tia
Mick

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