How to Insert an Image in a Mozilla Thunderbird Email

Instead of attaching an image, include it in the body of your message

Mozilla Thunderbird is a popular, full-featured, free email application that offers many customization options. If you're emailing a picture, GIF, or another image, Mozilla makes it easy to include the image in the body of your email rather than attaching it. Here's how to insert a picture into a Thunderbird email.

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Insert an Image Into a Thunderbird Email

How you send your images is a personal preference. Many users send images as email attachments, while others prefer to insert an image into the body of an email to better illustrate the message, get an immediate reaction, or just because they prefer it.

Here's how to insert an image to send inline with Thunderbird:

  1. Open Thunderbird and select Write to begin a new message.

    Open Thunderbird and select Write to begin a new message.
  2. Put the cursor where you want the image to appear in the body of the email.

    Put the cursor where you want the image to appear in the body of the email.
  3. Select Insert > Image from the menu.

    Select Insert > Image from the menu.
  4. Select Choose File.

    Select Choose File.
  5. Navigate to the image file on your device and select Open.

    Navigate to the image file on your device and select Open.

    If your image is larger than around 640x640 pixels, consider shrinking it.

  6. Next to Alternate text, enter a short description of the image and then select OK.

    Next to Alternate text, enter a short description of the image and then select OK.

    This text will appear in the plain text version of your email.

  7. Your picture is now in your Thunderbird email message.

    Your picture is now in your Thunderbird email message.
  8. If you like, continue on with your message and add more images.

    Continue on with your message and add more images.

Send a Picture Stored on the Web

If you come across a publicly available picture on the web, send it to your Mozilla email recipient without having to download and save the image. To do this, you'll use the image's web address.

  1. Copy the image's address in your browser.

    Copy the image's address in your browser.

    The picture must be publicly accessible on the public web.

  2. Open a new Thunderbird email message and write your text.

    Open a new Thunderbird email message and write your text.
  3. Select Insert > Image.

    Select Insert > Image.
  4. Put the cursor in the Image Location field.

    Put the cursor in the Image Location field.
  5. Paste the image address into the Image Location field.

    Paste the image address into the Image Location field.
  6. Next to Alternate text, add a short description.

    Next to Alternate text, add a short description.
  7. Make sure Attach this image to the message is not checked, and then select OK.

    Make sure Attach this image to the message is not checked, and then select OK.
  8. The image is added to your email.

    The image is added to your email.