How to Insert an Image into a Gmail Message

Did you ever want to insert a picture into a Gmail message? The facility to upload a picture from your PC and place it into the body of a message is available in Gmail but it is well hidden. Here is the procedure.

1. Go to your Gmail page
2. In the top right side of the Gmail page, click on "Settings"
3. In the Settings box that opens, click on “Labs.”
4. Scroll down the list of options until you come to “Inserting images.” (It was a long way down on my system.)
5. Click “Enable.”
6. At the bottom of the page, click the button “Save changes.”

Now you are set up to insert images into an email message.

1. Open Gmail to compose a message.
2. The blank message will now have an icon added to the standard row of editing icons. If you look hard, it looks like some hills. Or place your mouse pointer over the new icon and a little message box will read “Insert image.”
3. Click on this icon and you will get a box that gives you the option to either browse on your computer to get an image file to upload or to enter the URL of an image file located on the Internet.
4. Once the image file is found, click "Add Image."

Thanks to Gizmo for pointing out this tip.

Added in response to comments: After you insert the picture, you will find some size controls underneath it. The controls are Small, Medium, Large, Original size.

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by bobwoolsey on 6. November 2013 - 20:26  (112076)

Does the enable images button still exist?

by v.laurie on 6. November 2013 - 20:59  (112079)

Google has completely revamped the email interface since I wrote this tip. All I do now is drag an image file and drop it on an email I am composing,

by bobwoolsey on 6. November 2013 - 23:13  (112081)

I kinda messed around with it and figured it out but thanks for your quick response.

by Foreveryoung on 5. July 2013 - 2:25  (108984)

I used to use this feature all the time but since gmail changed to the new look this icon is never displayed. I followed your guidelines & still found it enabled. I even disabled it & later enabled it again but no no avail. Any suggestions please?

by Gaikk on 23. December 2012 - 16:45  (103893)

Thanks, worked a treat! Instructions could not be clearer.

by flipyou271 on 20. December 2012 - 16:47  (103799)

OK say you go into settings and the LAB menu option isn't there how do you get that tab to appear>?

by v.laurie on 20. December 2012 - 17:59  (103803)

Never encountered that problem.

by Madhuri (not verified) on 22. November 2012 - 6:48  (102723)

Thank for giving exact information... :)

by Juxxize on 12. November 2012 - 12:46  (102191)

great info thanks

by Designer (not verified) on 12. November 2012 - 11:28  (102188)

Thank you very much.

by Suriya (not verified) on 12. November 2012 - 7:04  (102186)

thanks for the info :)

by apal vora (not verified) on 12. November 2012 - 6:38  (102185)

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by Joel Rebello (not verified) on 27. October 2012 - 10:15  (101434)

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by Krish111 (not verified) on 19. October 2012 - 8:44  (101039)

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by jubril (not verified) on 17. October 2012 - 10:34  (100894)

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by murthy (not verified) on 12. October 2012 - 10:37  (100688)

Thank you very much sir,

easy explanation

by Shanavas R (not verified) on 7. October 2012 - 8:40  (100416)

Very nice

by bose (not verified) on 27. September 2012 - 16:58  (99860)

wow!! thank you so much genius... wanna to know very long time.. through ur simple guidance i got it.. fantastic work

by saddreamer (not verified) on 25. August 2012 - 12:34  (98287)

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by shirley yi (not verified) on 23. August 2012 - 8:58  (98187)

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by gokul (not verified) on 18. August 2012 - 9:17  (97897)

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by Nandu (not verified) on 15. August 2012 - 15:54  (97745)

Excellent tool, very helpful. Admittedly most of using PCs are tech savvy and this kind of tips helps a lot. Thanks, once again

by sowndari (not verified) on 3. August 2012 - 16:59  (97164)

Perfect very simple explanation to understand.
thank u very much.

by PhilH (not verified) on 15. July 2012 - 23:00  (96223)

How do you change the default folder that opens when you click on the "Insert Image" icon?

Thank you in advance!!

by v.laurie on 15. July 2012 - 23:09  (96225)

I am not trying to evade you but this question is related to a general one about default folders and is best posted in the Freeware Forum.

by Imtiyaz (not verified) on 5. July 2012 - 10:48  (95754)

Perfect !!

Thank you so much :)

by waijay (not verified) on 27. June 2012 - 18:12  (95441)

thank you so much, i don't usually reply back, but this is valuable information. Luv ya lots!

by Razak Babu (not verified) on 14. June 2012 - 10:08  (94836)

Thank you so much!
Very helpfull..


by Jenish (not verified) on 11. May 2012 - 8:08  (93345)

Thank you so much !


by Anonymous007 (not verified) on 23. March 2012 - 4:56  (91003)

drag n drop is not the to get images in the body of the email.the method above is the correct one(n the only one I guess)

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