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.
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war1Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Greetings, howei !

Irfanview will reduce the size of the picture and thus the file size. And it is free.
http://www.irfanview.com/

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

you can get it here:  http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx

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Eric BConnect With a Mentor Commented:
just get Easy Thumbnails. its free, easy to use, can do batch conversions, etc
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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.
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Dufo G. BelskiRetired bureaucrat/desktop supportCommented:
Well, we've come full circle, as that was my original suggestion.  What say ye, howei?
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Intense_AngelCommented:
Oops...sorry asyscokid....didn't soak in...anyway...at least you had some backup!!
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Dufo G. BelskiRetired bureaucrat/desktop supportCommented:
No prob!
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