Add pictures or attach files in Outlook.com

You can attach photos and documents from your computer or OneDrive to email messages and calendar events. Attachments always appear at the top of the email.

You can also insert pictures anywhere in your messages, so that recipients see the image where you want, and as soon as they open the email. They don't need to be opened to be viewed.

Attachments in Outlook.com

Inserted images in Outlook.com

Outlook.com new email with an attachment

Outlook.com new email with image inserted

Attach a file or picture from your computer in Outlook.com

  1. Reply, Forward or create a new email message or calendar event.

  2. Select Attach Attach then Browse this computer.

  3. Choose the file you want to attach and select Open. To attach more than one file, hold CTRL (or Command in Mac) while selecting multiple files.

Notes: 

  • When you attach a file from your computer, you're attaching a copy of the file. Each recipient will get their own copy of the file. 

  • You can also drag and drop files from your computer into your message. As you drag them over a new message, a Drop files here hint will appear:
    Drop messages here hint in Outlook.com

Attach a link to a picture, file or folder from your OneDrive 

  1. Reply, Forward or create a new email message or calendar event.

  2. Select Attach Attach then Browse cloud locations.

  3. Choose the file from your OneDrive or other cloud storage you want to link to and select Next. To attach more than one file, hold CTRL (or Command in Mac) while selecting multiple files.

  4. You can also use Copy link of a OneDrive attachment and paste it elsewhere.

Notes: 

  • When you attach a OneDrive link, all recipients can view or edit the same file

  • If you want to restrict editing, select  More actions dropdown  More actions in the attachment, then Manage access

  • To add a cloud location such as Box, Dropbox or Google Drive, open your Storage account settings.

Add or insert pictures to an email in Outlook.com

Attachments always appear above the body of your message, but you can insert pictures inline anywhere in your message. Inserted images don't need to be downloaded to be seen by the recipient.

  1. Reply, Forward or create a new email message or calendar event and position the cursor to where you want to add your pictures

  2. Select Insert inline picture in Outlook.com then choose the file you want to insert and select Open. To insert more than one file, hold CTRL (or Command in Mac) while selecting multiple files.

  3. Drag the corner handles to resize the image or right-click the image to see formatting options.

Attach an email in Outlook.com

  1. Reply, Forward or create a new email message or calendar event.

  2. Move it to a new window by selecting Open in new window at the top right corner.

  3. Arrange the windows so you can see both the message list and your new message side by side.

    Tip: Use the Windows key Press the Windows key with < or > to arrange your windows. 

  4. Select the emails you want to attach to your new message.

  5. Drag the selected messages from the message list to the body of your new message. As you drag them over the new message, a Drop messages here hint will appear:
    Drop messages here hint in Outlook.com

Learn more

If you cannot attach files in Outlook.com

Print email messages, attachments, and calendars in Outlook.com

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