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How to avoid "click here to download images" in the formatting of your email using CSS

Bruce Gust
Bruce Gust asked
I want to include a nice background image to my email and it always shows up in Outlook as an icon that you have to click on in order for it to show up.

Is there a better way to code things so Outlook doesn't immediately perceive it as something that requires a user action in order for it to be displayed?

I'm using this:

<div style="background-image:http://southareanetwork.nss.vzwnet.com/images/email_shell.png;"></div>

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Top Expert 2013
Actually some clients (depending on user settings will not even permit HTML email.  Every email client has its own version of what it will accept, and users can restrict it even further.

There is a support matrix here: