How to insert an image or a digital photo into an email

By Jason Artman

In email, the act of attaching an image differs significantly from inserting it. The recipient must download an attachment to her computer in order to view it, while an image inserted into the body of a message can be viewed without downloading, saving time for the recipient. The most common Windows email clients have support for adding inline images to messages.

Things You'll Need

  • Favorite photo saved on your computer
  • Computer
  • Configured email client

Windows Live Mail 2011

Step 1

Click the "Home" tab at the top of the screen, then click the "Email Message" button below to compose a new message.

Step 2

Click the "Message" tab at the top of the message composition window, and click the "Attach File" button in the "Insert" section of the toolbar.

Step 3

Double-click the image file that you want to insert. This displays a new tab titled "Photo Album Tools" at the top of the window.

Step 4

Click one of the icons in the "Album Styles" section of the toolbar to indicate how you want to display the image in your message. This displays a prompt asking you to log in to your Windows Live account.

Step 5

Type the email address and password associated with your Windows Live account to upload the pictures to Windows Live, and insert the photo album into your message. Click "Send" to send the message.

Microsoft Outlook 2010

Step 1

Click the "Home" tab at the top of the window, and click the "New Email" button to compose a new message.

Step 2

Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the message composition window, and click the "Picture" button in the "Illustrations" section of the toolbar. If this option is unavailable, click the "Format Text" tab, then click the "HTML" button.

Step 3

Double-click the image that you want to insert. Outlook 2010 places the image in the body of the message.

Step 4

Click and drag the circle and square icons on the sides and corners of the image to change its size and dimensions.

Step 5

Click the "Send" button to send the message.

Mozilla Thunderbird 6

Step 1

Click the "Write" button at the top of the window to compose a new message.

Step 2

Click the "Insert" menu at the top of the window, then click "Image." A new window titled "Image Properties" appears.

Step 3

Click the "General" tab at the top of the window, then click the "Choose File" button. Double-click the image that you want to insert.

Step 4

Click the "Don't use alternate text" radio button.

Step 5

Click "OK" to insert the image, then click the "Send" button to send the message.

Tips & Warnings

  • The screenshots I placed in this article are taken from Incredimail. I personally use it because it's easier for me to use and I like their animations. Outlook, Eudora or any other client should be just as good for these actions.
  • Note that the bigger you resize the photos, your email will grow heavier and will require slightly longer time to send.