Gmail: How to Insert Images into an Email Message Body

Gmail allows you to insert images into the body of an email message instead of just attaching the image. This makes for a better looking email and prevents the reader from having to open an attachment after opening the email.

1. Go to Gmail and login to your account.

2. Click the Labs icon at the upper right corner of the screen.

3. Scroll down the list to the Inserting Images Lab and select its Enable radio button.

4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save Changes button.

5. Click the Compose Mail link on the left side of the screen. Address the message and input an appropriate Subject.

6. Compose your email as usual. When you come to a place in the message where you wish to insert an image, go to the Rich Formatting toolbar and select the Insert Image icon .

7. Select the My Computer radio button if you wish to insert an image that resides on your computer. Browse to the desired image and then click the Open button to select it. Click the Add Image button to insert it into the message body.

Select the Web address (URL) radio button if you wish to insert an image that resides on the web. Input the Image URL. Click the Add Image button to insert it into the message body.

8. The image will appear in the message body. Use the included menu to select the desired size of the image (Small, Medium, Large, or Original Size). If you change your mind, select Remove from the menu.

Continue composing your email as usual.

 

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47 Responses to “Gmail: How to Insert Images into an Email Message Body”

  1. April 22, 2009 at 1:52 am, laya said:

    does the receiver who is not using Gmail can read such email as the sender?

    Reply

    • April 22, 2009 at 5:58 am, Anonymous said:

      Yes, receiver can read the mail with pics

      Reply

  2. April 22, 2009 at 5:55 am, Anonymous said:

    Thanks!

    Reply

  3. April 22, 2009 at 8:12 pm, wolfeee said:

    I would like the ability to add the image to my signature block with out having to manually do it every time…is that possible?

    Reply

  4. April 23, 2009 at 4:49 pm, dan said:

    Is it possible to add a pgp signiture to my email….. as you can do in firefox and outlook. Wiould be nice if this could be done through the web interface also

    Reply

    • April 23, 2009 at 4:50 pm, dan said:

      growl, thunderbird and outlook. Sorry.

      And I’m talking a signiture such as this.
      —–BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE—–
      Version: GnuPG v1.4.8 (MingW32)
      Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla – http://enigmail.mozdev.org

      iEYEARECAAYFAknvJdQACgkQhmf3uh9MrMZdjACglJV7khehfRhTW25yNBXpRBMF
      J8cAnjKMPInZ5oiuAQgrnMbi1WM88N4S
      =eaHg
      —–END PGP SIGNATURE—–

      Reply

  5. April 24, 2009 at 10:34 am, Raja Ravi Varma said:

    Fantastic Post

    Reply

  6. April 25, 2009 at 11:03 pm, Circle Tech said:

    Thanks for the trick.. Great tutorial.. :) , I’ve been searchin’ for it…

    Reply

  7. May 08, 2009 at 7:52 pm, Carmen said:

    That was working for me but suddenly insted of the picture it showed an image icon,when I sent my email out. Does anyboy know why or how to fix that?
    yourcasaponte@gmail.com

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  8. May 10, 2009 at 4:40 am, Paresh said:

    Thanks a lot for this recipe….. I needed it badly..

    Reply

  9. June 22, 2009 at 1:24 pm, Dildo Toys said:

    Great tutorial to come up with a much more presentable image attachment. What’s even better is that non-Gmail users could read the image clearly. Thanks for another wonderful recipe!

    Reply

  10. September 08, 2009 at 5:47 pm, Alena said:

    Thanks a lot. It’s really helpful.

    Reply

  11. September 08, 2009 at 5:47 pm, Alena said:

    Thanks a lot. It’s really helpful.

    Reply

  12. September 08, 2009 at 5:47 pm, Alena said:

    Thanks a lot. It’s really helpful.

    Reply

  13. September 10, 2009 at 9:28 am, Anonymous said:

    I can’t find the Labs icon. I use Internet Explorer not Chrome. Any ideas why or how to get it?

    Reply

  14. October 25, 2009 at 6:32 pm, Anonymous said:

    Thanks a lot for given easy way to attach image through gmail

    Reply

  15. November 16, 2009 at 5:28 am, Anonymous said:

    Thanks a lot!! It really helped me.. :)

    Reply

  16. January 09, 2010 at 1:36 am, Abdul said:

    Awesome!! Works great! Hats Off!! to the Geek.

    Reply

  17. August 26, 2010 at 3:53 am, Taimoor said:

    Thanks for sharing..

    Reply

  18. October 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm, Jaga_1986 said:

    thanks it’s amazing. it work on windows xp with explorer 7

    Reply

  19. November 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm, Md. Mosabbir Hossain said:

    Thanks a million.. I was badly finding the way, finally got it.

    Wish you all the best :-)

    Reply

  20. December 05, 2010 at 9:31 am, Mohit Mansinghka said:

    It is awesome… though you forgot how to enable the labs button… you need to go to settings first and enable labs…. thanks guys…tell me how can i contribute..

    Reply

    • December 05, 2010 at 2:52 pm, Anonymous said:

      You would like to contribute to our site?

      Reply

  21. December 09, 2010 at 11:44 am, nikunj said:

    nice!!!
    i learn from hear…

    Reply

  22. December 21, 2010 at 12:00 am, Silvermanr said:

    How can you do this with an entire pdf or Word page that you want seen in the body of the email instead of as an attachment?
    I tried to PrintScreen top half & save as jpg, then PrintScreen bottom half & save as jpg, then Insert one in at a time.
    Not bad, but I used Paint to create the photo, so the edges are not perfectly aligned.
    More problematic is that there’s a shadow behind all the lettering and images on the page.

    Any suggestions?
    Thanks in advance!

    Reply

  23. April 01, 2011 at 5:51 am, Ateeq_momin said:

    very very useful article. but would any body tell me how to do the same thing in Yahoo. plz let me know at ateeq_momin@yahoo.co.in

    Reply

  24. May 23, 2011 at 5:46 pm, shail said:

     does the receiver who is not using Gmail can read such email and see the image as the sender?

    Reply

  25. June 16, 2011 at 4:15 am, Prakash said:

    thank you very much

    Reply

  26. July 11, 2011 at 9:53 am, Cheshcath said:

    thanks for this

    Reply

  27. October 14, 2011 at 2:49 am, anilkumar said:

    thanq its working

    Reply

  28. October 19, 2011 at 12:31 am, Max said:

    its really helpful

    Reply

  29. December 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm, SATHEESH said:

    THAKS A LOT

    Reply

  30. January 31, 2012 at 5:34 pm, LOGAN said:

    ON TARGET THANKS SO MUCH! YOU’RE THE MAN!

    Reply

  31. March 17, 2012 at 6:50 am, Michael said:

    re: PDF Files in main body of Gmail. I purchased a simple program that converts PDF to JPG. It works so I can then insert my PDF as an image as shown in previous threads.

    Reply

  32. April 20, 2012 at 5:09 am, Karan said:

    Thanks a ton mate….. Great Help… Cheers :)

    Reply

  33. April 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm, ruth said:

    thanks a lot, i was desperate for this information from so long… you really helped me…

    Reply

  34. June 06, 2012 at 5:27 am, nilima said:

    Thanks man…….very helpful

    Reply

  35. June 08, 2012 at 9:00 am, KISHORE GORLE said:

    thankqq so much

    Reply

  36. June 16, 2012 at 4:54 am, Anna Comandante said:

    you are an angel! i was going nuts already.lol.thank you so much for this very informative information… cheers!

    Reply

  37. August 02, 2012 at 6:16 am, ijas said:

    thankyou

    Reply

  38. August 27, 2012 at 4:23 am, Aravind M.S said:

    thank you so much……………….

    Reply

  39. October 16, 2012 at 4:53 am, Gourab said:

    Thanks a LOT…………………

    Reply

  40. November 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm, amy said:

    AMAZING!!!

    Reply

  41. January 22, 2013 at 2:30 am, Ketya Reth said:

    sharing to you

    Reply

  42. March 22, 2013 at 1:50 am, Saurabh Palande said:

    Thank You very much

    Reply

  43. September 26, 2013 at 1:30 am, harish said:

    i wont get that feature in labs i got this message:

    Know if someone removed the feature to insert images in an email file without hacerlo as deputy???
    In it Encuentro in most settings LABS

    Reply

  44. February 15, 2014 at 7:04 pm, chelcea said:

    The “insert image” isn’t in an option in the “labs” tab…. I can’t find it, even in the search bar, it doesn’t show up. How can I get access to it to be able to enable it??

    Reply

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