I recently wanted to send an email to a friend with a picture actually in the email and not sent as an attachment in Gmail. I tried all sorts of copy and past techniques to try and do this, but was not successful. With a little bit of research I found that to insert a picture into email when using Gmail, you need to enable a the “Inserting Images” feature.
I will take you through the steps required to enable the function that allows you to insert a picture into your emails:
Go to your settings menu by clicking on the settings tab as highlighted by the red arrow.
2. Settings Menu
You should then come through to a screen which looks like this. Click on the Labs tab as highlighted by the red arrow.
3. Labs Menu
The Labs Menu will look like this. It contains many options and you will need to scroll down towards the end to find the option for inserting images.
4. Insert Images Option
As you can see by the above picture, the insert images option is disabled. Click on enable to activate this functionality in your Gmail account.
5. Save Changes
It is important that you then scroll to the end of the Labs Menu and click on save changes as highlighted by the red arrow. If you don’t do this, your settings will not change.
6. Insert Images Icon
If you click on compose and start to write and email, you should now see a new icon as highlighted by the red arrow. Click on this to insert an image directly into your email.
7. Insert Images Into Email
Once you have clicked on the insert image icon, the above box should appear on your screen. You then click on the option to upload an image from your computer or if you know the images URL you simply enter that.
You can now add images directly to all future emails that you send from your set up Gmail account.