When you sign up for a newsletter, or an RSS feed, using your email, you may not always be able to see the images in a post or message when receiving it in Gmail.
Why Gmail ‘hides’ images
To protect you from spam and other malicious emails. Apparently, spammers and scammers use images in emails to see whether your address is real or not. By not showing the images, Gmail is actually protecting you to some degree from these threats. However, when you know a message is from a reputable sending, like for example if you signed up to the Google Tutor RSS feed, you can set up your Gmail to display images from the same sender each time.
Displaying images in Gmail
There are some easy steps to assure you can see the images you want to.
- If you want to display images only once: At the top of your email message, you will see a blue bar with two links. The first one says “Display images below”. By clicking on this, images for this one email message only will be displayed, and not for any other emails you will receive from the same sender in the future.
- If you always want to display images from a particular sender, simply click on the second link that says “always display images from firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Here are two screen shots showing before and after clicking either of the links:
In the first screenshot, the images in my Gmail email are still disabled.
After clicking either link at the top of the Gmail message, the following happened:
You can also stop Gmail from displaying images after you initially allowed them. You can do this by clicking on show details at the top of the message, and selecting “don’t display from now on”.
Google has a step by step guide to displaying images here as well. Now, you will never need to miss a Google Tutor image again!