So you want to put in an image on the email that you’re composing in Gmail.
It’s funny and brilliant, and you know that a picture can only make it better. And what else could be better than those adorable puppies that are all over the place on the internet? You go on Google Image Search, and five pages on you find the perfect puppy picture to use.
Then you realize you can’t insert the image via Gmail. Or, at least, Gmail doesn’t provide an easy way to insert an image. What do you do?
Before you freak out at the fact that there is no insert image function, well, don’t. There are ways to insert an image in your message. First, we tackle the hard and dirty way.
If you have a WYSIWYG HTML editor like Dreamweaver, Frontpage, Golive or online HTML editors like Geocities, GooglePages, Tripod Lycos, you can use the preview mode of these editors.
Insert an image on your HTML editor, then play around with it until you get the look that you want. Then select the entire portion of the webpage that you want to appear in the GMail signature and drag it to the GMail compose window. Alternatively you can copy it to the clipboard and then press Ctrl+V in the Gmail window. Remember, you have to use the Rich text editor.
So, yeah, that’s quite a lot for a simple image, right? Fortunately, the Gmail Labs team came up with a quick and easy way to insert an image without you breaking up into a sweat.
You see, the people behind Gmail Labs have developed an insert image feature built in the compose window. Make sure you’re in rich formatting mode, or it won’t show up. Click the little image icon, and you’ll be given two options to insert your pictures. You can upload image files directly from your computer or providing image URLs.
To enable this awesome new feature, just log in to Gmail, and go to the settings link. Then click the Labs tab and look for “Inserting images” and turn it on.
Keep in mind that Gmail doesn’t show URL-based images in messages by default to protect you from spammers, so if you’re sending mail to other Gmail users, they’ll still have to click “Display images below” or “Always display images from …” to see images you embed.