Gmail gets inline images

Mountain View (CA) – A new experimental Gmail features
now makes it possible to place images right where you want it to appear in your email
message, as opposed to providing images as dull attachments.

Gmail has had an excellent rich text editor that enables users to format text,
insert hyperlinks and create bulleted or numbered lists, there was no
easy way to add HTML content. True, experienced users
could create messages with HTML-based signatures, tables or embedded
YouTube videos by manually creating this content within an HTML editor and
then pasting it into Gmail, but this solution doesn’t always work as
intended and requires at least some knowledge of HTML.

A new experimental Gmail feature dubbed Inserting images now allows users to create email messages with inline images that appear at a precise, user-defined position within the body of the message. Simply enable the Inserting images feature under the Labs tab in Gmail’s Settings and a new toolbar icon for inserting inline images appears when you create a new message – assuming you are in rich formatting mode (enabled by clicking on the Rich formatting link right above the message editing area).

When enabled via the Labs section of the Gmail interface, the new “Inserting images” feature enables users to place images from the web or your computer right where you want them inside the message body.

can insert images into the message body by either uploading an image
file from your computer or providing an image URL. The image will be
put at the current position of the editing cursor. Once you have the
image appear where you want inside the message body, you can click it to switch between small, medium, large or original size or remove
the image entirely.

appears to be rolling out new interesting Labs experiments for Gmail on
a weekly basis. Over the past few months, the company tweaked Gmail
with offline support, tasks, themes, the display of the sender’s time zone, the ability to recall sent messages, optimizations for iPhone and Android, better protection and monitoring features, and sending SMS messages directly from within the web interface, just to name the few.