Insert a picture or clip art

Pictures and clip art can be inserted or copied into an e-mail message from many different sources, including downloaded from a clip art Web site provider, copied from a Web page, or inserted from a file where you save pictures.

You can also change how a picture or clip art is positioned with text within an e-mail message.

What do you want to do?


Insert clip art

  1. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Clip Art.

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  1. In the Clip Art task pane, in the Search for text box, type a word or phrase that describes the clip art that you want, or type in all or some of the file name of the clip art.
  2. To narrow your search, do one or both of the following:
    • To limit the search results to a specific collection of clip art, in the Search in box, click the arrow and select the collection you want to search.
    • To limit the search results to clip art, click the arrow in the Results should be box and select the check box next to Clip Art.

In the Clip Art task pane, you can also search for photographs, movies, and sounds. To include any of those media types, select the check boxes next to them.

  1. Click Go.
  2. In the list of results, click the clip art to insert it.

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Insert a picture from a Web page

  1. Open the Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 message.
  2. From the Web page, drag the picture that you want into the message.

Make sure the picture that you choose is not a link to another Web page. If you drag a picture that is linked, it will be inserted in your message as a link instead of an image.

Insert a linked picture from a Web page

  1. Open the message.
  2. On the Web page, right-click the picture you want, and then click Copy.
  3. In the message, right-click where you want to insert the picture, and then click Paste.

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Insert a picture from a file

  1. Click where you want to insert the picture.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Picture.

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  1. Locate the picture that you want to insert.
  2. Double-click the picture that you want to insert.

 Note   By default, Microsoft Outlook embeds (embed: To insert information created in one program, such as a chart or an equation, into another program. After the object is embedded, the information becomes part of the document. Any changes you make to the object are reflected in the document.) pictures in a message. You can reduce the size of a file by linking (link: Used to insert a copy of information created in one program into a Microsoft Word document while maintaining a connection between the two files. When the information changes in the source file, the changes are reflected in the destination document.) to a picture. In the Insert Picture dialog box, click the arrow next to Insert, and then click Link to File.

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Change an inline picture to a floating picture, and vice versa

  1. If the picture is not on a drawing canvas (drawing canvas: An area on which you can draw multiple shapes. Because the shapes are contained within the drawing canvas, they can be moved and resized as a unit.), select the picture. If the picture is on a drawing canvas, select the canvas.
  2. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Position.

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If you don't see Position, click Arrange, and then click Position.

  1. Do one of the following:

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Applies to:
Outlook 2007