Add a background image to a message in Outlook

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  1. Post a photo behind your Outlook email messages
  2. Add a background image to a message in Outlook
  3. Insert an Outlook background image on macOS

Post a photo behind your Outlook email messages

Add a background image to Outlook to spice up your emails and make them look different from a white background. Not only can you give the background of your emails a solid color, gradient, texture or pattern, but you can also choose your own image so that recipients see a large image behind the email body.

The instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, and Outlook for Office 365.

Add a background image to a message in Outlook

Before you can add a picture to the background of email messages, you must enable HTML formatting. A background image can only be added to individual email messages. Reapply these settings for each email for which you want a background image.

  1. Open the Microsoft Outlook desktop application.

  2. Go to the tab House and select New email address † Or click on Ctrl + N

  3. In a new message window, place the cursor in the body of the message.

  4. Go to the tab parameters:

  5. In Group Themes select drop-down arrow Page color

  6. Select Fill Effects

  7. In the dialog box Fill Effects go to tab Image

  8. Select Choose photo

  9. Choose where to find the picture you want to use as the background for your Outlook message:

    • Select From file to insert an image from your computer.

    • Select Bing image search and enter a word or phrase to search for an image online.

    • Select A disc to insert a picture of your OneDrive account.

  10. Select an image and then select Insert

  11. In the dialog box Fill Effects select Okay

If you don’t like the background image, please remove the image from the new post. Go to the tab parameters: select the drop-down arrow Page color and choose no colour † Or prevent the background image from shifting.

Insert an Outlook background image on macOS

  1. Click in the body of the email.

  2. Select parameters: background image

  3. Select the image you want to use as wallpaper and then click Open

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