Insert a picture or clip art

Pictures and clip art can be inserted or copied into an email message from many sources, such as downloaded from a clip art website provider, copied from a webpage, or inserted from a file where you save pictures.

You can also change how a picture or clip art is positioned with text inside an email message.

What do you want to do?


Insert clip art

  1. In an open message, on the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Clip Art.
  2. 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 all or some of the file name of the clip art.
  3. 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 webpage

  • Drag the picture that you want from the webpage into an open message.

If you drag a picture that is linked to another web page, it is inserted in your message as a link instead of an image.

Insert a linked picture from a webpage

  1. Open the message.
  2. On the webpage, right-click the picture that 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. In an open message, on the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Picture.
  2. Browse to locate the picture that you want to insert.
  3. Click the picture that you want and then click 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 a picture's positioning within text

  1. Click the picture to select it. If the picture is located 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 canvas.
  2. Under Picture Tools, on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Wrap Text.
  3. Do one of the following:

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Applies to:
Outlook 2010