Insert an Image Inline in a Windows Live Hotmail Email

Use Outlook.com to insert inline images in a Hotmail email

What to Know

  • In the message window, select Insert pictures inline, navigate to the image you want to add and choose Open.
  • To resize the image, right-click, point to Size, and choose an option.


This article explains how to add an inline image in a message with a Hotmail email address on Outlook.com.

Microsoft replaced Windows Live Hotmail with Outlook.com in 2013 and moved everyone using hotmail.com email addresses to the new site. 

People with Hotmail addresses send and receive their Hotmail email using the Outlook.com website. If you don't have a Hotmail address, you can open a new Microsoft Outlook.com account and select the Hotmail domain during the account creation process. After that, you access your Hotmail email at Outlook.com. You can insert an image inline in a Hotmail email, but you have to go to Outlook.com to do it.

Insert an Image Inline in a Hotmail Email

Inline images display in the body of the email. You can add images that are on your computer or that you have uploaded to OneDrive. To add an image inline to the body of a Hotmail email:

  1. Open Outlook.com.

  2. Create a new message or reply to an existing message using your Hotmail email address.

    New Hotmail email message in Outlook.com
  3. Position the cursor in the area of the message where you want the inline image to appear.

  4. Go to the mini toolbar at the bottom of the message field and click the icon for Insert pictures inline.

    Insert pictures inline in Outlook.com message window.
  5. Navigate to the image you want to insert and select Open.

  6. When the image appears in the message field, you can resize it. Hover over the image, right-click it, select Size, and choose one of the following: Small, Best Fit, or Original.

    Resize inline image on Outlook.com.
  7. Finish your email message and click Send.

  8. The email is sent from your Hotmail email address. Any replies can be read on Outlook.com.

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