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Resizing screenshots, not shapes?

I frequently send screenshots in emails during the course of my work. I like to draw attention to certain parts of the screenshot with an arrow or circle.

I am able to do this directly in Outlook 2007 by doing PrintScrn, pasting into an email message, then select "Insert", pick a shape, and work from there. The problem is, if I do this and send the email, when the message shows up in the preview pane, Outlook automatically resizes the screenshot, but not the inserted shapes causing the arrows and circles to no longer apply to the right spot unless the person opens up the email entirely.

I would like to continue to use the convenience of Outlook in doing this and not bring another application into the mix. Is it possible to somehow get around this problem directly within Outlook 2007?
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Rob132332Commented:
Hi - I have found that to be expected behavior in Outlook 2007.

Screenshots are auto resized in the Outlook 2007 Preview Pane, and that resizing is going to impact the exact spot that you've added arrows and circles.  

You could instruct the recipient to open the email full screen (that's how I've gotten around this one).

I know you don't want to use another program, but pasting the screenshot into Word is another option.
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paulottAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the comment, but it doesn't provide an answer to the question I asked. I appreciate the reply, however.
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Rob132332Commented:
Yes, but, unfortunately, the answer sometimes is "it can't be done"

When the message shows up in the preview pane, Outlook 2007 automatically resizes the screenshot.  I have not found a way around that, and would consider that to be expected Outlook 2007 behavior.

Before I posted, I tried to work with the options in the Insert menu, and looked at New Drawing Canvas as a possibility, but didn't find the results you're looking for.

I wish I had a better answer for you.
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paulottAuthor Commented:
Is "it can't be done without creating my own plugin or manipulating Outlook at the code level" the definitive answer? I spent quite a bit of time trying different things before I decided to seek an answer from the Outlook experts here.

I mean no offense, but saying you haven't found a way around it and saying it is expected Outlook behavior does not mean the same thing to me as "it can't be done." I came into the question with rudimentary knowledge of the problem; I was looking for definitive answers from experts.
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Rob132332Commented:
No offense taken.  I guess I come at it from a different perspective.  

With time and money, everything "can" be done, but how much effort/time/cash would anyone want to spend on developing a solution where simply opening the email (a one second, one click solution) works perfectly?  

Having said that, while I consider myself to have a strong technical skill set, especially in the Microsoft products, I don't pretend to know "everything" about everything.  I've been surprised in the past, but have not found a solution to your question (this specific resizing bugs me as well).  And, given the amount of time between your original post and me finding your question yesterday, I'd say a fair amount of experts have stumbled upon this question, and unfortunately, have not had a solution for you either.

I'd recommend posting in Community Support to delete this question and refund your points.  
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paulottAuthor Commented:
I think Rob's suggestion would be more fitting:
"I'd recommend posting in Community Support to delete this question and refund your points.  "
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Computer101Commented:
Forced accept.

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