Insert an embedded picture in an Outlook message

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  1. Decorate your emails with inline images
  2. Check your image file size and compression
  3. Insert a picture in an Outlook message
  4. Insert a picture in Outlook 2007
  5. Insert a picture in Outlook 2003
  6. Insert a picture in an Outlook.com message

Decorate your emails with inline images

Make your next Outlook email more appealing by inserting a picture into the text instead of attaching it as a file. An inline image is an image that resides in the body of your email, not an attachment. You can adjust the text wrapping around an image so that it stays close to relevant content and improves the look of the message itself.

The instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003; Outlook for Office 365 and Outlook.com.

Check your image file size and compression

First, make sure your image is compressed so you don’t have any issues sending it via email. Compression reduces the file size so email systems can handle it (they often have a message file size limit, and if your image is too large, it won’t go through).

If your image is large, perhaps because it is original, image compression tools are available. You also need to resize the image for email. Once you’ve reduced it to a manageable size, you can follow the steps below to insert it into your message.

Insert a picture in an Outlook message

Follow these steps for Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, and Outlook for Office 365 to add an inline image to a message. If you have Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2003, see the sections below.

  1. Get started New email address † Your message must be in HTML format. Then select Formatting text in a new letter.

  2. In chapter Format select HTML

  3. Select Insert † Place the cursor in the body of the message where you want to place the image.

  4. In chapter Illustrations select Pictures

    You can search for pictures online without leaving Outlook by selecting Online images , which displays Bing Image Search. You can also find pictures in your OneDrive account.

  5. When you find an image you want to use, select it and click Insert

    You can insert multiple images at once by pressing and holding the key ctrl and selecting each image to include.

  6. Adjust the image size by using one of the image markers around the edges, then drag it. It scales up or down as you move the lever.

  7. Press the button Layout options (appears when an image is selected) to show how the image interacts with the surrounding text. Online with text selected by default and aligns the bottom of the image with the line of text at the insertion point.

  8. parameters: With text wrapping including text around it, behind it, in front of it, and other actions. The effect depends on the shape of your image. Choose the option that suits you.

Insert a picture in Outlook 2007

Follow these steps to add a picture to a message in Outlook 2007.

  1. Start a new message and set its HTML format by clicking parameters: and then in the section Format select band HTML

  2. Click Insert † Place the cursor in the text of the message where you want to place the image and click Image in the ribbon menu.

  3. Find and select the image you want to insert. Click Insert

    You can insert an image from the web into your message by going to the web page and dragging it to your email. Place the image in the body of your message where you want it to appear.

  4. Your image will appear in your message at the cursor position.

Insert a picture in Outlook 2003

Follow these steps to insert a picture into an email message in Outlook 2003.

  1. Start a new message. Set it to HTML format by clicking Format and make sure that HTML highlighted in the menu.

  2. Place the cursor where you want the image to appear in the body of your message.

    Click Insert image

  3. Click Overview.

  4. Find the picture you want to insert. Select an image and click Open

  5. Back in the Picture dialog box, you can enter alternative text, choose picture alignment, and other options if you want.

    Outlook 2003 does not provide text wrapping in the same way as later versions. Use the dropdown options to wrap text alignment † For example, choose Left align the image along the left margin and wrap the text around it.

  6. Click Okay † Your image is now in your message.

Insert a picture in an Outlook.com message

Inserting an embedded image on Outlook.com is not difficult, although you don’t have as many image formatting options as you do with Outlook software versions.

  1. Your post must be in HTML format to insert an inline image, which is the default state. If the menu offers Switch to HTML , select it. After opening your message, press the menu button parameters:

  2. Place the cursor in your message where you want to place the image.

  3. Select in the options bar below your message and in the formatting bar Insert images in line

  4. Select the image you want to insert and click Open

  5. The image will appear in your message.

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