Insert an Image Inline in a Message With Mac OS X Mail

Place your images wherever you want them

What to Know

  • Drag and drop the image into your Mail email.
  • Or, select File > Attach File.
  • Or, click the photo browser button or paperclip icon and select the image to insert.

This article explains how to insert an inline image in OS X or macOS Mail in the following operating systems: macOS Catalina (10.15), macOS Mojave (10.14), macOS High Sierra (10.13), macOS Sierra (10.12), OS X El Capitan (10.11), OS X Yosemite (10.10), OS X Mavericks (10.9), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), and OS X Lion (10.7).

Insert an Image Inline in a Message

To send a picture or graphic within the body of an email, compose a new email as usual. Drag and drop the desired image from the desktop or a Finder window to the desired place in the message.

Or, position the cursor where you want the image to appear in the body of your email and select File > Attach File to insert an image.

Apple Mail File > Attach Files

Still another alternative: click the Photo Browser icon at the top of the Mail app to scroll through your Photos and Photo Booth collections, or insert images by first clicking the paperclip icon at the top of the email.

Apple Mail with Photos button highlighted

Alternatively, position the cursor where you want the image to appear in the body of your email and select File > Attach File to insert an image.

A Solution to Problems With Inline Images

One Mail setting can cause images to appear at the end of the email. To fix this:

  1. Click Edit.

    Edit on Mail menu bar
  2. Select Attachments in the drop-down menu.

    Edit > Attachments
  3. If you see a check mark in front of Always Insert Attachments at End of Message, click to remove it and allow inline images.

    Attachment options in Mac Mail application
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