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How to Insert an Image Inline in an Email with Outlook

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You can read in every picture as you can read in a book. But even then letters are a bit more than pictures (and a bit more than pictures than pictures are more than pictures), and you can find them more frequently in emails than pictures.

To type, all you have to do is type. But how do you insert an image, picture, painting or photograph in an email in Outlook so that it appears in the message itself, not as an attachment? Well…

Insert an Image Inline in an Email with Outlook

To insert an image inline in an email with Outlook:

  • Start with a message using HTML formatting.
  • Position the cursor where you want the image to appear.
  • Go to the Insert tab.
  • Click Picture.
  • Find and highlight the desired image.
  • Click Insert.

To insert an image found on a web site:

  • Start with a message using HTML formatting.
  • Open the web page containing the desired picture.
  • Drag and drop the image from the web page in your browser to the desired location in your email message.
  • Click Allow if Internet Explorer asks you whether to allow web content to be copied.
    • Alternatively, click on the image with the right mouse button and select Copy from the context menu, then press Ctrl-V with the cursor at the point where you want to insert the image in your Outlook message.

Insert an Image Inline in an Email with Outlook 2002 and 2003

To insert an inline image into a message with Outlook 2002 or Outlook 2003:

  • Compose a message using HTML formatting.
  • Put the cursor where you want the image to appear in the body of your message.
  • Select Insert | Picture... from the menu.
  • Use the Browse... button to locate the desired picture.
  • Click OK.
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