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How to insert images with actual size (prevent from resizing) in Outlook?

Sometimes, when inserting an image in an Outlook email, the image will be resized automatically. That’s because the inserted image’s resolution is not equal to 96 dpi, and Microsoft Outlook adjusts the image’s resolution to 96 dpi automatically. But you may just need to insert the image with its actual size. How? This article will introduce some tricky ways to solve this problem.

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arrow blue right bubbleInsert images with actual size by Screen Clipping feature in Outlook

This method will guide you to open the image you will insert at first, and then insert the image with the Screen Clipping feature in Outlook. Please do as follows:

1. In your computer, open the folder containing the image you will insert, and then double click to open the image in the Photos viewer.

2. Adjust the zoom to 100% for viewing the image in actual size.

3. Go to the Mail view in Outlook, create a new email with clicking Home > New Email.

4. In the new Message window, place the cursor in the message body where you will insert the image, and click Insert > Screenshot > Screen Clipping. See screenshot:

5. Drag the mouse to select the whole image displaying in the Photos viewer.

Now the image is inserted into the message body with its actual size.

6. Compose the email and send it, and then close the Photos viewer.


arrow blue right bubbleInsert images with actual size by adjusting image’s size manually in Outlook

Sometimes, you may have inserted the image into a composing email by clicking Insert > Pictures, and the image has been resized. And now you can restore the image’ actual size with below steps.

1. Go to the folder containing the inserted image, right click the image and select Properties from the right-clicking menu. See screenshot:

2. In the opening Properties dialog box, go to the Details tab, and find out this image resolution. In our case, the image’s resolution is 300 dpi. See screenshot above.

Note: You can close the Properties dialog box after getting the image’s resolution.

3. Return to the Message window in Outlook. Click the inserted image to activate the Picture Tools, and then click the anchor at the bottom-right corner of the Size group on the Format tab. See screenshot:

4. In the opening Layout dialog box, go to the Scale section, type the adjusting percentage into both Height and Width boxes, and click the OK button. See screenshot:

In our case, the adjusting percentage is 312.5% (=300/96*100%, 300 is the inserted image’s resolution we got in Step 1-2).

So far the inserted image has been adjusted to its actual size already.

5. Compose the email and send it.


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