Insert Image Inline in Email - Windows Live or Outlook

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Sure, I can append my latest (beautiful!) holiday pictures as attachments to my emails in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express. But then recipients have to save and open them separately.

I'd rather have them see the images inside the email. Fortunately, Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail and Outlook Express let me achieve just that easily, too.

Insert an Image Inline in an Email with Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express

To include an image inline in a message sent from Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express:

  • Create a new message using HTML formatting in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express.
  • Put the cursor where you want to include the image in the body of your message.
  • Select Insert | Image | Inline… (Windows Live Mail) or Insert | Picture... (Windows Mail and Outlook Express) from the menu.
    • In Windows Live Mail, you may have to hold down the Alt key to see the menu.
    • In Outlook Express, click Browse... to locate and select the image on your disk.
    • If your image is larger than some 640x640 pixels, consider shrinking it to more handy proportions.
  • Click Open (Windows Live Mail), Insert (Windows Mail) or OK (Outlook Express) to insert the image.
  • Select Format from the message's menu and make sure Send Pictures with Message is checked.
    • If Send Pictures with Message is not checked, select it.
    • You can change the default setting of this menu item using Windows Mail or Outlook Express's preferences.

    If you want to type text to the right or left of the image, you can do so by changing the picture's alignment.

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