How to display images for emails

How do I enable my email client to display images?

To enable your email client to display images, refer to your email client below:

Outlook 2003 / 2007 / 2010


Show all blocked images in the message:

Click the InfoBar at the top of the message and then click Add Sender to Safe Senders List.

Hotmail/Windows Live

Remote images in emails are a privacy threat and it’s a good idea to block them in Windows Live Hotmail. But not all images are dangerous, and some emails lose a lot if they lose their pictures.

Even if you have blocked remote images in Windows Live Hotmail (for mail from senders who are not in your address book), you can still selectively view emails with their images.

Display Remote Images in a Message in Windows Live Hotmail

To show images and other content in an email in Windows Live Hotmail:

  1. Open the desired message.
  2. Click Show content in the yellow security bar right at the top of the message.

To show images in Yahoo:

  • Click the “Options” link on the yellow alert bar and then “Spam” on the left sidebar in the Mail Options screen that opens. Check on one of the following options in the SpamGuard section: “Always show images, except in Spam folder” or “Show images only from my contacts.” Click the “Save Changes” button when finished.
AOL Webmail
  • Display images for individual sender: At the top of the email, click For this sender. You will see this note at the top of the email – “Show images: for this message | always for this sender.”

Starting in 2013, Gmail will no longer ask you to display images.  Google will now scan the images you receive for any threats and then also serve it’s images through their own proxy servers, this way you are not compromised by viruses or malware.


By default, Mozilla Thunderbird disables the viewing of remote images in emails. This is a security measure enacted to prevent viruses and other malicious devices from infiltrating your computer via email. You can temporarily enable remote images by clicking on the “Show Remote Content” in the alert bar at the top of the message, but there is also a more permanent fix for those who want it.


  1. Open the Mozilla Thunderbird email client. Click on Tools from the menu bar and select Options.
  2. Click on the Advanced icon in the Options window. In the General tab, click on the Config Editor button.
  3. Type mailnews.message_display.disable_remote_image in the search box at the top of the about:config window. Doing so will automatically take you to the setting. Double-click on the setting to change its value from true to false. The status will change from default to user defined. Click on the X to exit.
  4. Open an email in your account that has remote images. You should now be able to view those images.
Mac Mail
  1. Select Preferences.
  2. Click on Viewing.
  3. Place a checkmark for Display remote images in email.
  4. Click Save.

To display images for individial emails:

  1. Select the My Settings icon.
  2. From the Settings menu on the left, select Mail > Contacts > Calendars.
  3. On the right it will say Mail. Go to Load Remote Images and move the bar to the ON setting.
Lotus Notes

For Standard Notes:

  1. Click File followed by Preferences (Mac OS X users: Click Lotus Notes followed by Preferences).
  2. Select the plus sign beside Mail.
  3. Click Internet.
  4. Uncheck the box next to To ensure privacy, do not show remote images without my permission. This will change it to automatically display the remote images for any internet mail you receive.
For Basic Notes:
  1. Click File, then Preferences, followed by User Preferences. (Mac OS X users: Click Lotus Notes, then Preferences, followed by User Pereferences.)
  2. Click Mail followed by Internet.
  3. Uncheck the box next to To ensure privacy, do not show remote images without my permission. This will change it to automatically display the remote images for any internet mail you receive.