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How to Disable Inline Display of Image Attachments in Windows Mail, Live Mail

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When you get an email with images attached, Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail show you the attachment at the top — and the image below the message's text. The latter, you figure, is not the proper way to display attached files, especially if the images are large.

Fortunately, Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail not only provide these extraneous inline images but also a way to turn them off. Image attachments will appear as attachments again instead of as images in the message body.

Disable Inline Display of Image Attachments in Windows Live Mail or Windows Mail

To prevent Windows Mail or Windows Live Mail from displaying attached pictures in the message:

  • Make sure Windows Mail is not running.
  • Press Windows-R.
  • Type "regedit" (excluding the quotation marks).
  • Click OK.
  • For Windows Live Mail:
    • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail.
  • For Windows Mail:
    • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Mail.
  • Select Edit | New | DWORD (32-bit) Value from the menu.
  • Type "Automatically Inline Images" (again excluding the quotation marks).
  • Press Enter.
  • Verify the Data column of Automatically Inline Images says 0x00000000 (0).
    • If it does not, or if you already had an Automatically Inline Images key,
    • double click Automatically Inline Images,
    • type "0" (not including the quotation marks) under Value data: and
    • click OK.
  • Close the Registry Editor.
  • Launch Windows Mail or Windows Live Mail.

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