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Image Not Showing Up in HTML Email

Good morning, friends.

I would like to send an HTML email using Windows Live Mail.

1.  I created an HTML file that contains the very simple HTML code below.  I saved it to my Desktop.

<table border="1" cellspacing="0">
      <tr>
            <td>
                  <h1>Hello, World!</h1>
            </td>
            <td>
                  <img src="http://www.jazon.net/images/jazon_05.jpg"/>
            </td>
            <td>
                  <h1>Jazon is cool!</h1>
            </td>
      </tr>
</table>

2.  I opened up Windows Live Mail, and created a new email message.
3.  In the body of the message, I chose Insert >> Text from file...
4.  In the dialog box that pops up, I selected the HTML file I created above.

All is well except that the image does not show up.  Did I miss a step?  Thanks in advance for your assistance.  Have a good day.


Jazon
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piratepatrol
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war1Commented:
Hello piratepatrol,

1. In Windows Mail, go to Tools>Options. In the window that opens, go to the Send tab.
In the "Mail Sending Format" section, make sure HTML is checked, click OK.

2. If the above is already enabled, Click the creat mail button.
When the window opens up look at the bottom left corner and there are three tabs..
1:Edit
2:Source
3:Preview

Click on source to insert your html code and them you can preview by going to the preview tab.

http://www.windowsbbs.com/microsoft-mail-outlook-outlook-express-windows-mail/72174-windows-mail-html.html

Hope this helps!
war1
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piratepatrolAuthor Commented:
Hi War1,

Thanks for the prompt response.  My Mail Sending Format is already set to HTML.  When I create a new message, I do not have the three tabs Edit, Source, and Preview.  See attached screenshot.

Thanks for your help,


Jazon
NewMessage.jpg
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war1Commented:
From the Top menu, are there Edit, Source, and Preview under the View icon?
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piratepatrolAuthor Commented:
Sorry, my friend.  I don't see that.  See screenshot.
ViewMenu.jpg
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BillDLCommented:
Windows Live Mail isn't quite as easy to use as Outlook Express, and from what I have seen using it, there isn't really a way to view and edit the Source Code in place.

>>> "All is well except that the image does not show up.  Did I miss a step?" <<<

Click in the area of the email where the image should be.  Does it outline the area where the image is set to show, but isn't showing?
Right-Click in that area.  What, if any, options does that give you?  You should have "Edit Hyperlink" available, and that should show the path to your image.

Perhaps you missed some settings.

Tools > Options > Send tab.
Untick "Upload larger images to the web when sending a photo email".
(In fact, avoid using the "photo e-mail" option if you see it.  This attaches images rather than placing them "inline", and the setting above would link them to a Microsoft server where they would be sent).

Tools > Options > Send tab.
Mail sending format > "HTML" > HTML Settings button > "send Pictures with messages".
Make sure that is ticked.

Is your *.html file complete?

If that is just a snippet from it, and it is otherwise complete with all the required tags like <html> </html> etc, then that's OK.
IF, however, what you pasted in your question is your complete file, then it is not a complete html file and would be the reason that it doesn't display properly.

Try opening your HTML file in Internet Explorer, scrolling over it, and pasting right into the new Live Mail window.  Does that work?

The problem with the test immediately above is that it will probably just hotlink the image from your Temporary Internet Files and may not be available embedded in the email when the recipient opens it.

Complete your HTML Code in Notepad by including all the required tags eg. <html> </html> and save it as something like "Jazon.htm" to the folder:

C:\Documents and Settings\YourUserName\My Documents\My Stationery

Make sure it opens in Internet Explorer when double-clicked.

Live Mail > Format menu > Apply Stationery > More Stationery > "Jazon.htm".

You should also have a formatting bar button named "Stationery" with a drop-down arrow to its right that you can do the same as the above from.

A rather basic method is to use the Stationery Wizard and create your own html stationery.  You will see a "Create New" button when you get to the "Select Stationery" dialog.  It doesn't give you much control over what you insert and how it displays.
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BillDLCommented:
Cancel the above advice about saving the *.htm file as stationery.  It doesn't work.  It would appear that the table is probably too complex for stationery, and it also looks as though images can only be inserted as background when creating and opening saved stationery.

Let us know the results of the other comments I made and we can see if there is a workaround.

So far it looks like the copy and paste from Internet Explorer may be the only working method.
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BillDLCommented:
He, he.  I just read your Resume and profile, and I see that you are much more than acquainted with the rudiments of HTML as well as being proficient in practically all other IT disciplines ;-)
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piratepatrolAuthor Commented:
I take it that there's just no way to do what I'd like to do from Windows Live Mail?  =(
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BillDLCommented:
Sadly that's my final conclusion after a fair amount of testing.
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piratepatrolAuthor Commented:
Hi Bill,

That's too bad.  What email client do you recommend?

Thanks for staying with this thread for this long.

Have a good day,


Jazon
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BillDLCommented:
Jazon, the only reason that I even installed Windows Live Mail on my XP systems is because the two Hotmail accounts I have had for a long time can no longer be set up to download to Outlook Express as POP3.  It was quite a few years ago that this was disallowed for NEW Hotmail accounts, but existing accounts could still be downloaded to OE.  That ceased when everything moved over to Live Mail, and I hate reading email in Webmail format.

I have messed with a lot of different POP3 email clients over the years, including Pegasus (very old), little POP Mail Readers to filter out and delete spam or infected messages right off the mail server, Opera, Outlook, Thunderbird, and Outlook Express.

I did like the whole concept and full features of Opera, and found the whole package to be pretty slick.  I was just so used to Microsoft applications that I found some of the differences a little quirky to do things fast.  Like anything though, I would have got used to it and may end up using it again.

I like the way Mozilla Thunderbird (and firefox) import existing settings from Outlook/Outlook Express (and IE), and Thunderbird is very fully featured, especially when you consider the huge number of useful add-ons available.  I still have it installed on my PCs and use it periodically if I have problems with OE.  I use it regularly as a "Portable" version on a USB Flash Drive, as can be downloaded as part of this suite of programs:  http://portableapps.com/suite

I find MS Outlook too hard to fix when something goes wrong, and in my opinion it's best kept for corporate profiles than for normal home use.

In the end though, I suppose I have just stuck with Outlook Express because it's so familiar I don't have to think before I do anything.  It's so easy to configure standard pop3 accounts plus GMail and some Yahoo accounts, that I can do it with my eyes shut.  I have given up with any worries about issues where some emails composed in OE don't dislay properly in Webmail such as AOL, Yahoo, etc.  I hate webmail anyway, and the reverse is often true when I receive emails sent from webmail because of the strange way Yahoo and others store attachments such as images as separate entities on the users' folders.

Even when using Windows Live Mail to retrieve my standard pop3 messages, I leave copies on the server to download later to OE and have them removed from the server at that stage.

I suppose in the end it's the user's choice.  Windows Mail (vista) and Live Mail are a natural progression to replace OE given the newer XML-type user interfaces, but I still think it's a pity that users didn't have a choice of installing OE as an optional component rather than be stuck with what I think is an inferior application in terms of overall use.

Have you tried Mozilla Thunderbird?  If not, I believe you may be pleasantly surprised.

Regards
Bill
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piratepatrolAuthor Commented:
Thanks a bunch, Bill.  Very nice of you to stay on this thread for so long.  I'll take a peek at Mozilla Thunderbird.  Thanks, and have a good day.
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BillDLCommented:
Thank you Jazon.  I hope you find an email client that suits your needs.
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