How to Paste Photos in an Email

by Daniel Foster

Sending photos as attachments is the most common way to email photos, but this method is not always convenient. Sometimes it makes more sense to place a photo directly in a message, especially if you need the image to provide additional details or give an explanation. This alternative is also more convenient for the recipient, who can view the photo in the message instead of having to save and open it in another application. The next time you email photos, consider copying and pasting the pictures to save time and avoid hassle.


Open the folder containing the photo you wish to send. In Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, the suggested location for storing images is the "Pictures" or "My Pictures" folder. Click the "Start" button and select this folder in the upper right corner of the Start Menu to access photos in this folder.


Right click on the photo you want to send and select "Copy." Press the "CTRL" key on your keyboard while clicking to select more than one image.

If you have the photo loaded in a software program such as Microsoft Word or Paint, you can copy it without leaving the application. Select the photo, right click and choose "Copy." You can also press "CTRL" and "C" at the same time to copy a photo. Sometimes the copy function is accessible through a drop-down menu only. The "Edit" menu is a common location.


Open your email and draft a new message. Place your cursor over the area you want to paste the photo. Right click and select "Paste." The photo will appear.

Many web mail services do not support copy-and-paste functions. Instead, you must send the photo as an attachment. Desktop email clients such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird and Eudora typically support photo pasting, however.


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About the Author

Daniel Foster has been writing about computers and technology since 2006. His work has appeared on websites including Salon, Pingdom and Internet Blog. His photography has been printed in "Maxwell Magazine" as well as the "World of Knowledge" textbook series for children. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in international trade and finance and a Bachelor of Arts in German from Louisiana State University.

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