Cannot See Images in Outlook Emails? This Post Will Definitely Help

Sandeep Saxena
Sandeep Saxena linkedin | Updated On - April 24, 2023 |

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‘Pictures not showing in email’ is one of the most common issues faced by MS Outlook users.

Other than the default configuration issues, there could be some reasons why pictures in your email are not displayed. It can be some email program settings, incompatible file formats, and the way images are attached to the email.

Though blocking pictures makes computers more secure, it is not desirable to block images from trusted sources. This is why we have listed some common configurational changes that can help users access restricted emails in Outlook. It includes:

  • Unblock Images for Single and Multiple Email Messages
  • Allow Blocked Web Contents for Trusted Senders
  • Clear Temporary File Folder

Let’s get to each of the above-mentioned solutions in a more detailed manner.

Unblock images for a single message

For a single message, you can unblock images simply by clicking Download Pictures on the InfoBar at the top of the message.

If you are doing the above step while previewing the message, the image will be saved automatically and display when you open the message next time. But with an open message, you have to save the message if you want it to be displayed when you open the message next time.

Unblock images for all the messages (for Outlook versions 2016, 2013, & 2010)

In 2016, 2013 and 2010 Outlook versions,

  1. Go to the File tab, click Options, and select Trust Center.
  2. Click Trust Center Settings, under the section Microsoft Outlook Trust Center.Microsoft Outlook Trust Center
  3. Clear the checkbox against Don’t download pictures automatically in HTML e-mail messages or RSS items.Clear the checkbox

Note: In Outlook 2007 version, follow the steps given below:

  1. Go to the Tools menu and click Trust Center>Automatic Download.
  2. Clear the checkbox placed in front of Don’t download pictures automatically in HTML e-mail messages or RSS items.
Allow Blocked Web Contents for Trusted Senders

Outlook comes with an integrated feature to block web content. This feature ensures your system safety by blocking web bugs. You may have noticed that many advertisements you receive via emails anonymously have blocked images. You can access these blocked images through simple steps; all you have to do is right-click on any picture place holder and select the Download Pictures option. Moreover, you can add members or domains to the safe senders list by simply following these given instructions.

  1. In the open message received from a trusted source and domain, right-click the blocked item.
  2. Click Add the Sender to Safe Senders List or Add the XYZ@domain to Safe Senders List.

Once you have added a member or domain to the safe sender list, all images are downloaded automatically.

Clear Temporary File Folder

Sometimes even if the user has made all the required configurational changes, Outlook still restricts external content like images. The most prominent reasons behind these situations are a couple of factors like invalid Temp folder path and corruption in Temporary Internet File Folder.

Try clearing the Temp directory or configure the right path for Temp folder and access the images again.

Try an All-rounder PST tool

We have discussed manual methods with the help of which you can solve the ‘Images not showing in email’ problem, but sometimes images or emails can be inaccessible because of PST file corruption. In that case, you need to repair the PST file.

Kernel for Outlook PST repair is an outstanding tool that helps you to deal with all the issues related to your PSTs. The tool successfully recovers damaged or corrupted PST file of all sizes tool. It is compatible with all versions of Outlook and Windows. It can recover and save all items with their attachments (images, documents, etc.) with all their properties and metadata intact.

Wrapping Up

Hope the information shared in the post helps you deal with the problem of ‘Cannot See Images in Outlook Emails’ efficiently and effectively. In case your PST has corruption issues, the most recommended way to fix it is with Kernel Outlook PST. It can recover email images from corrupt or damaged PST files.

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