Use a screen reader to insert a picture in an email message in Mail for Windows 10

Add a picture or image to an email in Mail for Windows 10 to make your message more personal, or to share more information than words alone provide.

To insert a picture in an email message

  1. When you're editing an email message, press the Alt key to get to the ribbon.

  2. Press the Right Arrow key until you reach the Insert tab, and then use the Down Arrow key to move to the lower ribbon.

  3. Press the Tab key to get to the Pictures button.

  4. Press Enter to open File Explorer and locate the picture file. File Explorer automatically opens the Pictures folder on your computer, and positions the cursor in the File Name box.

  5. Type the file name for the picture that you want, or press Shift+Tab to browse for it.

  6. Press Enter to insert the picture in the email message.

  7. When you insert a picture in a message, Mail for Windows 10 adds the Picture tab to the ribbon and places focus there.

    For information about the Picture tab, see Options in the Picture tab. For information about adding alternative text to a picture, see Add alt text to a picture.

  8. Press the Down Arrow key to move to the lower ribbon.

  9. On the lower ribbon, press the Tab key to move between the buttons and select options to format your picture.

Options in the Picture tab

The following list provides more detail about the buttons on the Picture tab.

  1. Rotate button

    • Rotate right 90 degrees

    • Rotate left 90 degrees

    • Flip along a vertical axis

    • Flip along a horizontal axis

  2. Crop button

    • Picture position, to set specific measurements for width and height of picture.

    • Crop position, to set specific measurements for width and height of picture.

  3. Size button

    • Set absolute size of picture by setting measurements for height and width.

  4. Alt text button

    • Provide title and description for an alternative text version of the picture for people who can’t see the image.

  5. Reset size button

    • Reset the picture measurements to their original state.

Add alt text to a picture

  1. When you want to add alt text to a picture in the body of your email, select the image by placing the cursor to the left side of the image, holding the Shift key, and pressing the Right Arrow key.

    You can select an inline image in Mail for Windows 10 the same way you would select a text character. When you select the image, Mail adds the Picture tab to the ribbon.

  2. Press the Alt key to go directly to the ribbon, and press Tab to move to the Picture tab.

  3. Press the Down Arrow key to go to the lower ribbon, press the Tab key to move to the Alt Text button, and then press Enter.

  4. Type a title, press the Tab key, and then type a description.

  5. Press the Esc key to close the Alt Text box. Mail automatically saves the alternative text that you typed.

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