Inserting an Image into an E-mail

If you are using a browser other than Chrome, use these instructions to insert an image into an e-mail message.  Thanks to Cindy Hubbard for making these instructions.

Enable Image Insertion in Gmail

To turn on Gmail's Insert Image button:

  • Gear icon > Settings
  • Go to the Labs tab.
  • Make sure that Enable is selected for Inserting images.
  • Click Save Changes.

Insert an Image Inline in Gmail

To add an inline image to a message you are composing in Gmail:

  • Make sure that rich formatting is turned on in the Gmail message you are composing (if you see a Rich formatting » link above your message's text editor, click it) and that Insert images is enabled (see above).

To upload from your computer:

  • The image that you would like to insert into the body of an e-mail message must be an image file (e.g., .jpg, .gif, .bmp). If you have copied the image to your Clipboard, paste the image into Paint and save it there.
  • In your e-mail message, position the text cursor where you want the image to appear.
  • Click the Insert Image button (Icon for Insert Image) in the message's formatting toolbar.
  • Click Choose File. Make sure the desired image is highlighted.
  • Click Add Image.

Images you have uploaded from your computer remain available in the Insert Image dialog while you compose the message (but not for other e-mails).

After insertion, you can resize and move images easily.