Outlook: Download Pictures Automatically without Right-Click

Has Outlook prevented the automatic download of pictures within your email messages? Here is how to get Outlook to download your pictures without any problems.


Users of recent versions of Outlook will see this message frequently:

Right-click here to download picture. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the internet.

First, let me explain why Outlook does this. When you download an html-formatted email, your computer contacts a computer (other than your mail server) and grabs the pictures for you. From where those pictures are downloaded is based on the html in the email.

A spammer can use this to his/her gain. By formatting the email message with certain techniques, the spammer can use this to detect which email addresses downloaded and viewed the email. If a spammer believes that your email address is reading the spam (by your email program downloading the pictures), then you are more likely to get more spam.

Have I scared you enough?

However, if you have a mail server-based form of spam protection, you may not actually get much spam. If this is true, then you can download your pictures more safely.

This tutorial has been updated multiple times as newer versions of Outlook have been released. Follow the links below to your correct version.

Outlook 2007

Outlook 2010

Outlook 2011 for Mac

Download pictures automatically in older versions of Outlook

1. Open Outlook.
2. Click Tools menu.
3. Select Options.
4. Click the Security tab.
5. Click Change Automatic Download Settings button.
6. Select when you want pictures downloaded.
7. Click OK twice.

The Conversation

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  • jordy willow

    That makes no sense what so ever, this is how you do it

    The tools menu is the file button, click on the file button
    Then on the left hand side you should see the “Options” button click on that
    Then another screen will come up
    on that screen on the left hand side click “Trust Centre”
    In the trust centre menu down the bottom you should see “Trust Menu Settings”
    click on that
    Now on the left hand side of that menu you should see the button “Automatic Downloads” click on that
    Where it says
    “Dont download pictures automaticly in HTML in email mesages or RSS items”
    you should see the tick next to this, click on the tick so that the tick is not there anymore
    after that press “Ok” button down the bottom and the the “ok” button on the other menu and thats it

    • Cheryl Carroll

      On Outlook 2007 >from the Tools Menu >Trust Center >Automatic Downloads >Untick the box next to
      “Don’t download pictures automatically in HTML e-mail messages.”

      • Anil Sharma

        Through GPO >User Configuration – Policies – Administrative Template – Classic Administrative Template (ADM) – Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 – Security – Cryptography – Automatic Picture download setting – “Display Picture and External content in HTML e-mail (disable this policy and check)

    • Cheryl Carroll

      > I think that these instructions above are for Outlook 2010.
      In OUTLOOK 2010 (not 2007), You do access the trust center from:
      >File >Options >Trust Center > and then UnCheck the box next to…Don’t download pictures automatically in HTML in email messages or RSS items”

    • Duane

      Appreciate you comment, no such thing as a tools menu in my version of Outlook…..and your instructions were exact and simple to follow. He should have specified the year he was referencing and it wouldn’t have been so frustrating to have tried his method, I wouldn’t have tried and looked elsewhere…

  • Pamela Kirsch

    How is this done in Outlook 2010? Thanks.

  • Scaccia101

    Wow You guys are suck really bad. IN VISTA or the newiest Version of Outlook

    1.Start Outlook
    2. Click Tools
    3. Click Trust Center
    4. Turn it off an click Okay

  • Lkracht

    Works PERFECT in Outlook 2003. Thank You!

  • DOCSTER

    Outlook 2002 does not have a trusted center

  • Guest

    can it be done by changing registry / GPO?

  • Rex the Strange

    Just to dispel the rumours about spammers being “more likely” to spam you, consider the following rule of thumb – once you get on a spam list you ain’t ever getting off – you’ll get the same spam if you download the image or not.

  • Naughtyaashiq

    @ jordy willow Scaccia101 Thank u guysssss..

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  • Richard

    Your instructions did not work with Windows7 and Outlook 2007

    To download Pictures Imbedded in Emails Automatically in Windows 7/Outlook 2007:

    1. In Outlook 2007 click on the Tools tab and on the drop down menu click on “Trust Centre”

    2. In the next window on the left hand side of that menu you should see the button “Automatic Downloads”, select that.

    3. Where it says “Don’t download pictures automatically in HTML in email messages or RSS items” uncheck the box.

    4. Make sure that box is no longer checked and then select the “OK” button at the bottom

  • gio

    when i open a picture of my friend in my facebook account, it will automatically downloading it. what should i do to prevent automatic dowloading?

  • glmcg1

    Using Outlook 7 with Windows XP, I don’t see “Trust Centre” when I click on “Tools” What to do?

  • Mike

    Rather than removing the check mark completely from Don’t Download Pictures Automatically, which will download all images from every email, you can add email addresses to your safe sender list in your junk mail folder.