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. 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
Mozilla Thunderbird
Microsoft Outlook
E-mail on iPad

Internet e-mail

Most online e-mail systems, like Gmail, Hotmail, Live Mail, and Yahoo! Mail, work in a similar way and provide similar functionality for saving images and file attachments.

  1. Login to your e-mail account using your favorite Internet browser and open the e-mail containing 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 where you want to save the file. You may also change the filename at this point.

Tip: If the steps above do not work for your online e-mail account and e-mail messages, see if there is an option to save the entire e-mail message to your computer. This option and the steps to do so may vary by e-mail provider, but doing so may work to save the picture itself to your computer as a separate file, along with the e-mail message itself.

Mozilla Thunderbird

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

Microsoft Outlook

In newer versions of Outlook such as Outlook 2010: if the image is attached as a separate file instead of being pasted into the message body, you can right-click on the file attachment and select Save As. You can then save the image file to anywhere on your computer. If there are multiple images attached to the email, you can also select the Save All Attachments option and save all the image files to your computer.

In older versions of Outlook prior to Outlook 2007, there is no 'Right-click to save' option like the others. However, there are a few workarounds you can use to save your 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 your images the same way you would with 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 by clicking File on the top left-hand corner, then selecting Save As from the drop down menu and selecting the format Web page. This method saves all the embedded pictures in one folder making it useful when you want to download multiple images from the same message.

E-mail on iPad

If you are viewing e-mail on an iPad and want to save pictures to the iPad from your e-mail messages, follow these steps.

  1. Open the e-mail message
  2. Tap on the photo in the e-mail to view the photo full screen.
  3. Tap the arrow in the upper right corner of the screen and select Save Image.

Images saved using this process should be accessible in the photo album on the iPad.

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