Display of photo images directly within the e-mail message

Not open for further replies.


Outlook version
Email Account
Does anyone know if there is a setting to allow display of photos within the e-mail itself? I thought that is usually the way Outlook is designed but in several e-mails I examined, in which someone sent me jpegs, there are framed areas on the page w/ a red X in the upper left-hand corner but no pictures displayed. I only see jpeg files attached.
Thanks Diane. I should have clarified:

In most of my Outlook e-mails, the pictures are embedded in the reading pane (as you suggested). But I see exceptions for a few of them (where they are attached but not displayed). So I guess I really wonder why the inconsistency?

Maybe you addressed that. How do I see if I'm "blocking external content" ?

BTW, I read your article. I also read another posting w/ similar info. When I go to:

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

I do not see anything that vaguely resembles OLK*

I only see a couple what look like cookie addresses ...
if you browse into the folder the subfolders are hidden - you need to use shell:cache or the complete url to open the folder so you can see the hidden folders.

In Outlook 2003, the blocked external content settings are in Tools, Options, Security, Change Automatic Download Settings.

Attachments won't autodisplay - you need to select them. If they are supposed to be embedded and haven't rendered into the message, there is some corruption in the message and outlook can't match the picture to the image placeholder.
Ah-hah, Diane - you may have just enlightened me w/ one of your comments:

"Attachments won't autodisplay - you need to select them."

I'm not sure I ever realized this but I believe you are saying that an Outlook user can send a picture in one of 2 ways:

• As attachments or

• Directly embedded in the message (a feature I like but is not readily available in OE).

Assuming it might help, I have prepared a rendition of the problematic e-mail I'm describing (attached). Actually, I think it represents a combination of the above 2 bullets: the picture is attached and it's embedded. However, as you will see, the embedded image appears empty w/ only a red X in the upper left-hand corner.

I still do not find the OLK* in:

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

And I have Show Hidden Files & Folders in Folder Options (Explorer).

Turning to your other comment (blocked external content settings), all options are checked (see attached).


  • Why does this picture not display.jpg
    Why does this picture not display.jpg
    25.9 KB · Views: 483
  • Automatic Picture Download Settings.jpg
    Automatic Picture Download Settings.jpg
    39.5 KB · Views: 499
If the sample email inserts the image with code like < img src="http://my server/name.jpg" > then the 'don't download' setting will keep the image from displaying. You'll see this most often with advertising, rarely from individual users. The infobar will tell you there is blocked content.


Get the path from the registry - HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook\Security

Value: OutlookSecureTempFolder

and paste it into the windows explorer to open the folder and see if it's 'full'.
Firstly, I'm very familiar with the kind of display you presented in bec.png. In the example I presented, there is no such thing nor is there anything like < img src="http://my server/name.jpg"

In another post I stumbled onto, I had seen the suggestion to check the the registry - HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook\Security via regedit. The good news is that, by doing this, I do get this:

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\OLK17\

However, when I go into explorer to this point:

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

there is no \OLK17 !!!

There is only what appears to be a series of files, including a couple cookies (addresses).
I'll see if i can find a virtual machine with XP installed and get the exact steps to view the folder contents - I know its kind of tricky because Microsoft wants to hide them from you, but I thought having the complete path to the folder worked. It's been so long since I looked in that folder on XP that I need to refresh my memory on it.
Not open for further replies.
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
S Contact Photo does not display in email messages. Using Outlook 3
T How to find or display the sub-folder name for an Archive Search Using Outlook 10
Witzker Outlook 2019 Display the output of a seach in a new Window Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 6
Albert McCann Outlook 2021 Outlook Display of HTML Email from two senders is glitchy Using Outlook 0
K Outlook 365 After migrating to Outlook 365, some contacts display in emails with prefixes Using Outlook 0
K Daily Task List Minimized Cannot Display Using Outlook 5
J images on note field display fraction of size Using Outlook 5
J Outlook 2016 Can't display some embedded HTML images in Outlook 2016 Using Outlook 2
O After filtering, how to display all events on that day? Using Outlook 4
M All fonts in Outlook emails display with exaggerated character spacing Using Outlook 4
G Schedule recurring email and attachments display Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 3
O Tasks - how to display "snoozed" tasks and snooze-times? Using Outlook 7
P Task display now leaves little room for notes Using Outlook 10
R Capture Sender's Display name and Address Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 3
M Outlook 2010 How could I globally redesign an outlook template form/region/inspector template used to display mail lists or an individual mails? Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 0
Travis Lloyd Messages Won't Display In Outlook 2019 Home & Business Using Outlook 0
A Prepending Email Addrs with "Display Name <email>" Has Stopped Working Using Outlook 0
M In Outlook Calendar remove the buttons: 'Today' and '<' (Back a day) and '>' (Forward a day) that are below the Ribbon and above the calendar display. Using Outlook 0
C Why won't Title display in message list? Using Outlook 1
R Auto display of new email does not work on non-default account Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 0
E How to display "Change Folder" in Change Default Email Delivery Location in Exchange Outlook 2016 Using Outlook 1
T Column to display which email alias a message was sent to Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 6
M Daily Task List Minimized Cannot Display Using Outlook 2
C Outlook Mobile app email order randomized and display names stripped Using Outlook 6
N Contact display as Using Outlook 2
J Reminders Display then Disappear Using Outlook 13
O How to display senders email address (column) Using Outlook 1
S Display PF contact folder items to select contact to link to appointment Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 1
I How to display sender's name instead of email address in outlook 2013 message Using Outlook 5
O How to display number of items per .pst file Using Outlook 7
J Outlook 2016 message content does not display - outlook.com; exchange Using Outlook.com accounts in Outlook 9
O Display more months in 'Tasks' Using Outlook 3
soadfan Outlook rules look up display name only Using Outlook 4
C Display Sender As Contact Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 4
O How to display folder icons? Using Outlook 2
Treebys Array out of bounds .display 2016 Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 3
copperberry How to display incomplete tasks due on or before 7 days from now Using Outlook 0
T outlook 2010 mail item count doesnt match display Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 3
Diane Poremsky Category Color doesn't Display in Inbox Using Outlook 0
P How to make outlook display alert appear on top of other windows whenever a new email is received? Outlook VBA and Custom Forms 1
T Outlook 2016 Calendar multiday event display Using Outlook 4
Diane Poremsky Display the Created Date field of any Outlook item Using Outlook 0
Diane Poremsky Replace Display Names with Email Addresses Using Outlook 0
Diane Poremsky Search for All Messages from Contact and Display in New Window Using Outlook 0
K Display sub-folders in body of outlook Using Outlook 1
O How to display multi-line task in To-Do List - Outlook 2010 Using Outlook 1
Diane Poremsky Display the Recipient Email Address in the Sent Items Folder Using Outlook 0
Diane Poremsky Excel Files Won't Display in Reading Pane Using Outlook 1
D Display of Open Folders Using Outlook 0
Fozzie Bear Change the Display Name recipients see for Exchange account Exchange Server Administration 0

Similar threads