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Inability to Forward Pictures in Received Email

Feb 3, 2009 2:36AM PST

I use Thunderbird for email.

A friend FORWARDED me (using Yahoo email facility) an email containing a series of some pictures, and those pictures appeared right away in the body of the email on my screen (that is, I did not have to click on any attached jpg icons to view the pictures one by one. There were no attached jpg icons anyway.)

Before forwarding the same email with the pictures to a friend of mine, I forwarded it to myself to test whether the pictures would arrive in my Inbox faithfully. They did not. In the place of the pictures, wording something akin to a corresponding http address appeared in my Inbox (as well as in my Sent box). I copied those http addresses in my Firefox browser to see if those pictures can be seen at least one by one on the screen. I could not. Some error message appeared each time.

Incidentally, I had forwarded the above email to myself using, one by one, EACH of the three available options: (1) Send in Plain Text and HTML; (2) Send in Plain Text only; and (3) Send in HTML only. None of the three options made any difference.

What is the source of my inability to FORWARD pictures (which had in fact been FORWARDED to me by my friend), and what is the solution to the problem?

Thank you very much.

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I can't answer that specifically,
Feb 3, 2009 4:55AM PST

but I can tell you what I usually do.

Forwarding emails is often, 'patchy'. Some users have their email software set to enable HTML, others do not, and that can cause email forwarding problems. Other users have image display disabled, and whether that means the image is never downloaded from the server in the first place, I can't say. Also as you have tested, emails in HTML with links to web site images can fail if those images are removed from the web site or web page.

Your testing was spot on. You grabbed the url, (the http address), opened your browser, and pasted the url into the address bar to see the images from the web sites themselves. But if they were not there, then the problem is not with you, but elsewhere.

So, I gave up on forwarding complex emails a while ago. If I want to do that now, I save the images to my Desktop, (temporarily), then create a new email and either insert them into the body of the email, or attach them to the email.

That seems to work for me nowadays.


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Thank you, Mark,...
Feb 3, 2009 6:16AM PST

Thank you, Mark.

The prompt and immensely valuable service which you folks at the CNET forums provide is simply superb.

My best regards.


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If you have
Feb 4, 2009 7:33PM PST, it's a setting somewhere in their settings with the pictures. I have a friend that send me items with no pictures. If using, look around in the settings. Sometimes I find all the pictures below the email.


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Known Bug
Jul 23, 2009 8:09AM PDT

This has been a known Thunderbird Bug for ages. It simply will not forward inline images but it will send images as attachments. I tried many workarounds but the only one that worked for me was to change my composition settings so that forwarded emails are sent as attachments instead of inline. Yes, this sends the full headers and footers too which is annoying but at least it works.

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Inability to send photo's particularly from e mail
Jan 22, 2010 10:27PM PST

Just joined after experiencing the same problem.
I asked the same question.
Who answers?

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Re: answer
Jan 23, 2010 3:24AM PST

I think the post right above yours by JAGNZ is a quite clear answer.


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