how to add a picture, link or attach a file in outlook.com e-mails.

Outlook.com is Microsoft's webmail service. It includes all of Microsoft's previous E-Mail services.

If your E-Mail address ends with @Outlook or @Live or @Hotmail or @MSN then you're using Outlook.com.

Outlook.com allows you to add pictures, attachments & links directly into the E-Mails you send.

We'll also look at how to add Emojis and animated GIFs to your E-mails

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adding pictures into an e-mail in outlook.com

Inserting a picture/image directly into an E-Mail with Outlook.com webmail is easy & straightforward.

This is what we're going to get.

The picture is a part of the E-Mail, rather than being added as an attachment, which would then have to be downloaded.

We'll look at attachments further down the page.

this is it.

And you'd have to admit, this has got to brighten someone's day.

To get started, log into your Outlook.com account.

Then click the NEW MESSAGE button to begin a new E-Mail.

When the New Message window opens, fill in the address and subject lines as usual.

click new message.

Note that if you're just running a test to see if it works, you can send the E-Mail to yourself.

Yes, that works.

Just fill in your own E-Mail address instead of someone else's.

Now to add the image.

Click the INSERT PICTURES button.

insert pictures button.

It's quite difficult to see the INSERT PICTURES button, so here's a close-up view.

click insert pictures button.

When you click the button, the OPEN window will pop up.

Now you just have to find the image you'd like to add to the E-Mail.

If the picture is on your Desktop, click Desktop in the left-hand panel.

If it's in your Pictures folder, click Pictures in the left-hand panel and so on.

In my example, my picture is in my Pictures folder, so I'll click Pictures.

find your picture.

Finding pictures or any other file on your computer is called navigating. You navigate to a file or folder. If your not comfortable navigating your PC, this might help, How to Navigate Your PC

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When you've found the image you want to insert into your message, left-click it once to select it, then click the OPEN button.

The picture will then be uploaded and inserted into your E-Mail.

select image then click open.

the picture didn't appear in e-mail.

When you click the button to Open the picture, after a few seconds, it should appear in your E-Mail.

The first couple of times I tried inserting a picture into my E-Mail, it didn't show up. It didn't work.

I tried logging out and then back into Outlook.com, but the same thing happened

Now I'm not sure what went wrong, whether it was just a glitch, whether it was just me, or whether it's a common issue when inserting large pictures into E-Mails in Outlook.com I can't say.

To make it work, I had to click the OPEN IN NEW WINDOW button.

open in new window.
a close up view.

Once I opened it in a new window, I clicked the INSERT PICTURE button again, found my picture and it just worked as it should.

So if you have problems adding a picture, try doing it from a new window.

resizing the image.

When the picture pops up in your E-Mail, it might be too large or small. But you can re-size it to suit yourself.

One thing to remember here is that when making pictures smaller, they will generally retain there sharpness and clarity, making them larger, will cause them to become blurry or fuzzy.

The easiest way to resize a picture is to simply right-click on it.

A menu will open.

Left-click SIZE.

Then left-click your choice of picture size.

choose your size.

Let me show you how to add a picture into an Outlook.com e-mail.

adding pictures directly into e-mails with outlook.com

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adding an attachment to outlook.com e-mails

An attachment is a file that's sent with the E-Mail. It's not a part of the actual message, but a separate, downloadable file that travels with the E-Mail.

You can add virtually any file as an attachment, and you can add more than one.

The only limit is that the total size of the E-Mail and all its attachments should be less than 25 MB.

To add an attachment to an E-Mail in Outlook.com, left-click the paper clip icon.

A menu will open.

Click BROWSE THIS COMPUTER.

click the paper clip.

Now navigate to the file that you want to add as an attachment.

If the file's in your documents folder, left-click Documents in the left-hand panel.

If it's in your Pictures folder, left-click Pictures and so on.

My file is on my Desktop, so I'll click Desktop.

finding your file.

Once you've found your file, left-click it once to select it, then click the OPEN button.

select the file and then click open.

Your file will be uploaded and attached to your E-Mail.

If it's a large file, it may take a few seconds to get there, but when it's done, it'll appear at the top of your message.

the attachment attached.

You can add more files as attachments in exactly the same way. Simply click the paper clip icon again, then navigate to the next file and add it.

This works perfectly well for individual files, but what if you want to attach a folder How to Email a Folder

delete an attachment.

If you change your mind about a file or realise you've attached the wrong file, you can delete it.

Move your pointer onto the attachment to be deleted.

Then you'll see an X appear in the right-hand corner.

Click the X and the file will be unattached.

click the X to dlelete the attachment.

We'll add a couple of files as attachments to an E-Mail in Outlook.com.

adding attachments in outlook.com.

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add a link to a webpage in an e-mail.

If you want to direct someone to a website or webpage, you can add a clickable link directly into your message.

The first thing you'll need is the web address of the website that you want to link to.

In your browser, go to the website in question.

Then left-click once on the writing in the address bar (click directly onto the writing).

It'll become highlighted.

left click once to select the address.

With the address highlighted, right-click on it.

A menu will open.

Left-click COPY.

Now you've got the web address copied it's back to Outlook.com to start an E-Mail.

copy the web address.

Log into your Outlook.com account and begin a new E-Mail.

Add in the address and subject lines, and then any text that you want in the body of the message.

When you get to where you'd like the link to go, click the ADD LINK icon.

It looks like two links in a chain, or at least it's supposed to.

the add link icon. close up.

The link icon can move around a bit depending on your screen size.

You might find it on the toolbar, or if you can't see it there, click the 3 dots at the end of the toolbar.

You should be able to see it on the menu that opens. Either way, when you find it, click it.

add link button on toolbar.
add link button on menu.

When you've clicked the insert link icon, the Insert Link box will open.

In the top line, Display As, you can type anything you'd like.

Usually, it'd be something like Click Here.

But you can leave it blank if you want to.

it's OK to leave top line blank.

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Now click into the bottom line, Web Address (URL), and then press CTRL and the letter V on your keyboard.

The address of the website that we copied earlier will appear.

If you left the top box blank, it'll also appear in there.

Click the OK button to insert the link.

Press CTRL and V to paste in the address.

Adding a link into an E-Mail sent from Outlook.com is quite straightforward, once you've got the web address of the website your linking to.

adding links to outlook.co e-mails.

adding emojis or animated GIFs to e-mails.

You can add an Emoji (Smiley) to an E-Mail to brighten it up. Or maybe an animated GIF, which is like a very short video that keeps repeating on a loop.

Sign in to Outlook.com and start a new E-Mail as usual.

Type out your message and when you get to the point that you'd like an Emoji or GIF to appear, click the INSERT EMOJI & GIF button.

If your screen is large enough, the Emoji button will appear on the lower toolbar as a Smiley face.

But if you're using a smaller screen, then you'll need to click the 3 dots button, and then click INSERT EMOJIS & GIFS from the menu.

The Emojis and GIFs will open on the right-hand side of the screen.

A single left-click on any of them will insert it into your E-Mail.

You can search for particular types of Emoji or GIF. Simply enter a word into the search box at the top of the list.

Happy, sad, excited, crying, laughing these types of words work well, but you can try other words.

Sports, places, people etc.

choose an emoji or GIF.

outlook.com summary.

Sprucing up your e-mails in Outlook.com isn't difficult. You just need to know which buttons to press and where to find them.

Particularly, adding pictures and emojis really does raise smiles at the other end.

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