How to reduce .bmp file size?

I am getting huge bmp files in MS Paint.
The problem is that I need to send these as an email attachment.
What program could I use to reduce the size of these images so I can email them? Possible free?

I gues I would need to save it as jpeg or gif?

They should still have ok resolution for viewing it on the screen.
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Dufo G. BelskiConnect With a Mentor Retired bureaucrat/desktop supportCommented:
In MSPaint, just select Save As... and save it as a JPG.
war1Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Greetings, howei !

Irfanview will reduce the size of the picture and thus the file size. And it is free.

Reducing the picture size will reduce the BMP size.  If you want further size reduction, JPEG will allow you to compress the file.

Best wishes!
SaquangConnect With a Mentor Commented:
There's a nice free tool from microsoft that will do the job called imageresizer.

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Eric BConnect With a Mentor Commented:
just get Easy Thumbnails. its free, easy to use, can do batch conversions, etc
Intense_AngelConnect With a Mentor Commented:
All you have to do is save the pic as a jpeg file...this will greatly reduce the file size and is one of the standards for internet\email use.
Dufo G. BelskiRetired bureaucrat/desktop supportCommented:
Well, we've come full circle, as that was my original suggestion.  What say ye, howei?
Oops...sorry asyscokid....didn't soak least you had some backup!!
Dufo G. BelskiRetired bureaucrat/desktop supportCommented:
No prob!
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