Outlook: How To Add a Background Picture to Messages

Background Picture Outlook

In Outlook you can add a background picture to your message. Here’s how to easily add color or a picture to an email message in Outlook 2007 or 2010.

Note: You and the recipient will need to have HTML mode enabled to see the backgrounds.

First, launch Outlook and start a new email. To add the background click the Options tab on the Ribbon. Then click Page Color. The background changes as you hover over each color.

Page Color

To add an image click Page Color >> Fill Effects.

Fill Effects

The Fill Effects screen opens. Under the Picture tab, click the Select Picture button and browse to the the picture you want to set as the background.
Select Background

Here I selected a desktop wallpaper. Click OK.

Fill Effects

Depending on the background you choose, change the color of of the text so it’s readable.

Email Background

This feature spruces up emails to friends and family. I don’t recommend using it regularly – definitely not for professional or business emails.

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