Save an Image From Outlook Express Even If It's Not an Attachment

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In Outlook Express, embedded images appear differently than ones that were actually attached as files, but you can still save those image attachments in much the same way.

Follow the steps below to learn how to save in-line image attachments to your Desktop or any other folder.

What Are Embedded Image Attachments?

An embedded image has been inserted into the body of the email. When an attachment like this is sent with an email, the photo exists right along with the text, sometimes with text flowing before, after, or even beside it.

This is often done by accident by pasting the image directly into the email instead of adding it as a normal attachment. However, it can be done on purpose and might be useful if you want the recipient to be able to read the message and refer to any attached images, all at the same time as they're reading the email.

In-line image attachments are different than regular ones that are saved as an actual attachment and opened separately from the message.

How to Save Embedded Image Attachments

Open Outlook Express or Windows Mail and follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the in-line image.
  2. Choose Save Picture As... or Save image as... from the context menu.
  3. Decide where to save the attachment. You can pick any folder you like, but the easiest way to find it again is to choose Desktop, My Pictures, or Pictures.
  4. Click Save.

If the image you save is in an odd format that doesn't open with your image viewing program, you can run the picture through an image file converter to save it to a different image format.