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Inserting a background picture

I am trying to create an email that has a picture set in the background like a watermark or a digital greeting card. I cannot find an option to do that.

Where is it, is it gone?

Background buttonThat option is indeed a bit hidden and not too intuitive to find since the 2007 version of Outlook. The location has remained the same in Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016;

  • Create a new message-> tab: Options-> button: Page Color-> Fill Effects…-> tab: Picture

Setting a background picture in an Outlook email message.
Use the Page Color Fill Effects option to set a picture as a background
such as a “confidential” watermark.

Note: This option is not available when you are using the “Inline reply” feature in Outlook 2013 or Outlook 2016. You’ll have to press the “Pop Out” button at the top of the message to open the reply in its own window to have access to all the email options and features.

Previous versions of Outlook

Outlook 2003 buttonIf you were wondering where that option is in a previous version of Outlook;

  • With Word as the email editor
    Create a new message-> Format-> Background-> Fill Effects…-> tab Picture
  • With Outlook as the email editor
    Create a new message-> Format-> Background-> Picture…

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