Do you use Google’s fantastic GMail service? If you do you have probably in the past tried to insert pictures into your e-mails only to discover that you needed to upload them on to the internet and provide HTML links to them and all sorts of other complicated silliness that can be a little overwhelming for the average user.
Fortunately Google realised this and released a ‘Lab’ plugin for the web interface in G-Mail that allows you to upload and insert images straight from your computer into your e-mail. Check out the picture I have provided below which will explain how to enable this very handy feature. Make sure you click on the picture to view it at full-size.
For those of you reading that can’t view the image, all you need to do is log in to your G-Mail account and click on ‘Settings’ and then click on the ‘Labs’ category. Scroll down the page until you find the ‘Inserting Images’ feature and enable it. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Save Changes’.
When you compose a new e-mail message you will now notice a new button on your toolbar which you can click on to upload a picture into your e-mail.
Click the ‘Insert Image’ button and you will be presented with a new window which you can use to browse your computer for the desired image. Do this by clicking on the ‘Browse’ button, double clicking the image file you wish to insert and then click ‘OK’. GMail will then upload the image into the e-mail automatically.
Send your e-mail and you are all done!
GMail provides a lot of great addon features like this through it’s ‘Labs’ and is always releasing new ones, be sure to read through the long list of them on your settings page, you never know what you might find there.