Pictures Will Not Show in an Email Signature


Adding a picture of your logo or design to your email signature isn't always straightforward. Different email providers handle images in different ways. Many block all images by default, meaning your picture can only show up if the person receiving the email changes his settings. Yet, there are a few simple things you can do to make your picture more likely to appear in your signature.

Email Provider

  • Most modern email clients or Web-based accounts allow you to upload images for your signature. However, not all email providers handle images and signatures in the same way. For example, while Gmail and Hotmail allow HTML signatures, Yahoo Mail supports only rich text. That means that if you try to use HTML code in your Yahoo Mail signature, it won't work properly.


  • You must select the correct option for pictures to be viewable. For example, Google's Gmail program allows you to add images via the Settings menu. After you edit the signature box, make sure you leave the "No signature" box unchecked, or the image won't be visible. With Windows Live Mail, to link an HTML file to your email access the "Tools" menu and select "Options," followed by "Signature." Use the HTML file to add an image.

End-User Settings

  • Some email clients block signature images by default. This prevents spam mails from registering when you open the mail to view the image. So, if the person you send the email to can't see the picture in the signature, he may need to change his email settings. For example, Gmail has an option to "Display images below" at the top of an email. With Microsoft Outlook, the recipient should uncheck the "Automatic Picture Download Settings" option in the security menu to allow images to appear in email signatures.


  • If you use HTML code to add your image to your signature, you'll need to host the image on a reliable server. In the HTML, point to the image location using the following format:

    <img src="; alt="A short description of your image"/>.

    This tells the email program where to find the picture to show in the signature.

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