View Attached Images in the Message, not as Attachments

Last reviewed on October 9, 2013

Outlook Express displays image attachments at the bottom of the message and many users miss it when they switch to Outlook, because it doesn’t support viewing images inline, and you need to open each image to view it.

By design, Outlook only shows images "inline" (in the message body) when the message is sent using HTML with embedded images or RTF formatting with OLE embedded images. Images in plain text mail items are listed as attachments (that you can open or save). Attachments to plain text messages are not displayed in the message body, as they are in Outlook Express.

Outlook MVP Eric Legault shows you how to create a picture viewer in these two articles:

Outlook MVP David Lee’s macro solution: View An Item’s Image Attachments All At Once.

Tools

Outlook Attachment Explore

UcMapi Outlook Attachment Explore is a Windows Explorer-like tool to help you browse and manage all attachments from your mailbox. With this tool, you can save, compress, remove or resolve one or multiple attachments easily. You need not open many messages to find a special attachment now. Right click on each attachment node, you can also save, compress or delete many attachments at the same time.

OutlookAttachView

OutlookAttachView scans all messages stored in Outlook and displays a list of all attached files that it finds. You can select one or more attachments and save all of them into the desired folder, as well delete unwanted attachments. You can also save the list of attachments into xml/html/text/csv file. Outlook 2003 and up; 32 and 64-bit supported.

Picture Attachments Wizard for Microsoft Outlook

View thumbnails of image attachments, run a slideshow of attached picture files without to saving the attachments to disk. Quickly save all attachments to a folder or easily export every attachment in every message in the current folder. Preview image attachments as you add them to a new e-mail message, view the extended file properties of images that were taken with a digital camera (camera model, date picture taken, exposure time, etc.) Works with all common image files. Supports Vista and optimized for Outlook 2007. Version 2.

Written by

Diane Poremsky
A Microsoft Outlook Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 1999, Diane is the author of several books, including Outlook 2013 Absolute Beginners Book. She also created video training CDs and online training classes for Microsoft Outlook. You can find her helping people online in Outlook Forums as well as in the Microsoft Answers and TechNet forums.

Please post long or more complicated questions at Outlookforums.

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