How to Add a Background Image to a Message in Outlook


Add a Background Image to a Message in Outlook

To insert an image to the background of an email you are composing in Outlook:
  • Make sure the message you compose uses HTML formatting.
  • Position the cursor in the message body.
  • Make sure the Options ribbon is active and expanded.
  • Click Page Color in the ribbon's Themes section.
  • Select Fill Effects... from the menu that has appeared.
  • Go to the Picture tab.
  • Click Select Picture....
  • Find and highlight the desired background image.
  • Click Insert.
  • Now click OK.


Add a Background Image to a Message in Outlook 2000, Outlook 2002 and Outlook 2003

To add a background image to a message in Outlook (provided that you do not use Word for editing emails):
  • Start composing a new email using HTML formatting.
  • Open the message's Format Text ribbon, for example, and make sure HTML is selected in the Format section.
  • Click in the body of the message.
  • Select Format | Background | Picture... from the menu.
  • Use the file selection dialog to pick an image from your disk.
  • Click OK.

If you do not want the background image to scroll, you can prevent that, too.

Add a Background Image to a Message in Outlook for Mac

To use an image in the background of an email you are writing in Outlook for Mac:
  • Make sure the email is set to use rich HTML formatting.
  • Go to the Options ribbon, for example, and make sure HTML is enabled in the Format Text section.
  • Make sure the Options ribbon is active and expanded in the message composition window.
  • Click Background Picture.
  • Locate and highlight the image you would like to use.
  • Click Open.


(Tested with Outlook 2000–2016 on Windows and Outlook for Mac 2016)






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