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How to Add or Insert Pictures in Outlook Web Access?

January 12th, 2011 14 comments

My employer started rolling out Outlook Web Access to all employees and it was a much welcomed change from the old and aging Lotus Notes email system. All went well, except for the missing functionality of inserting a picture or screen print in an email. I believe in the saying that “a picture is worth more than a thousand words” and I tend to use screenshots and snagit on a regular basis.

I kept using the Outlook client anytime I want to copy and paste a picture, until a friend showed me how to enable Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) in Outlook Web Mail. Listed below are the steps I followed in Outlook Web Access to enable copy and paste. (version 2003 and above)

1) Access Outlook Web Access Email and click on “options” (top-right corner)
2) Click on Email Security. If you a see a screen like the one below, that means you are missing the MIME control that will enable you to insert pictures.

Outlook web access email security page showing MIME control not installed

Outlook web access email security page showing MIME control not installed


3) Click “Download the Outlook Web Access S/MIME control” and install the client.
4) After installing the MIME control, check the Email Security page to ensure that the components were installed correctly.
Outlook web access email security page showing MIME control installed

Outlook web access email security page showing MIME control installed

Now start writing a new email and “copy paste pictures” at will….

Outlook web access new email with picture inserted

Outlook web access new email with picture inserted

If you know a better way to enable copy and paste option for Outlook Web Access, feel free to make an entry in the comments.


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