How do I save a picture from e-mail?

EmailWhen a picture is sent over e-mail, it is done so as an attachment. Most e-mail programs, both online and off, display any attachment separate from the actual message. This means in order to view and save the attached picture, you may need to open or download the picture file. The following sections detail the steps necessary to save images in multiple programs.

Internet e-mail

  1. Open the browser and locate the image or picture you want to save.
  2. Right-click the image and choose the option to Save Picture As, Save Image As, or Save image.
  3. Specify the location you want to save the file to. You may also change the filename at this point.

Mozilla Thunderbird

  1. Open the e-mail with the attached picture.
  2. Right-click on the picture or the icon of the file containing the picture and choose Save As or Save Image.
  3. Specify the location you want to save the file to. You may also change the filename at this point.

Microsoft Outlook

This program is unique in that there is no "Right click to save" option like the others. However, there are a few workarounds you can use to save you e-mail images. Keep in mind, you may have to try more than one option depending on your version of Outlook.

  1. Open the e-mail message and under the Message tab, select Other Actions, then View in Browser. This method allows you to save you images the same way you would an Internet e-mail (listed above).
  2. You can copy the image to the clipboard and paste it into photo editing software such as Paint or Photoshop. One the image has been pasted, you may save it by selecting File from the menu at the top left-hand corner of the screen and then selecting Save or Save As from the drop down menu.
  3. Open the email message and save it as an HTML file clicking File on the top left-hand corner, then selecting Save As from the drop down menu and then selecting the format Web page. This method save all the embedded pictures in one folder making it useful when you want to download multiple images from the same message.

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