HELP! Simply can't get a background image??!!

Like everyone on here - I am frustrated by not being able to have background images display properly through Outlook 2007 emails. I have searched web forums, help guides... pretty much for days trying to get the stupid things to work. (I'm trying to ensure all my clients can see my emails as I have complaints about no images showing, so am trying to learn better techniques)

I have tried to make the background image inside a table with code like:
<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="600" height="1007" style=" background-image:url(;>

and I've tried:
<table width="600" height="1032" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" bgcolor="#283418" style="background:url('images/Whole_thing.jpg') no-repeat;">

<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="750" height="865" background="whole_thing.jpg">
and it's variant:
<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="600" height="1007" background="images/Whole_thing.jpg">

I even used a template from another office (that works) and replaced their background image with my own - still doesn't work. (and yes, I put the image in the same location)

NOTHING ever works?
I have loaded the image on my work server so it can be read from there - nope
I have tried zipping an images folder through Campaign Monitor as I have done millions of times before for other emails - nope
No matter what I do - Outlook 2007 wont find my image... I can see it in dreamweaver - i can preview it in FF everything is sweet web wise - I can even see it in Entourage. So it's there. But Outlook 2007 just wont find it.

Arrgghhhh - how on earth do you set an image as a background without fail?

Mathew Mathew, 7 years ago

Outlook 2007 just doesn't support background images unfortunately - it is a side effect of it using MS Word as the rendering engine.

There are some limited ways in which you can sometimes get one to show - see

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CengageHE, 7 years ago

Thanks Mat, but I think it's time to get a professional trainer into my office to show me where I go wrong in designing... damn these pre-outlook 2007 web courses...

fyredefyre fyredefyre, 7 years ago

Hi CengageHE,

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CengageHE, 7 years ago

Thanks Jordan... you're not in Melbourne are you?

fyredefyre fyredefyre, 7 years ago

Hi CengagHE,

I'm based in Sydney. Not quite Melbourne, but a phone call away should you need help. - Everything Email.
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Domainace, 7 years ago

I hope you are testing against emails with no background image. Generally, images are not a great idea unless they really move the recipient along into a desired action. I use Thunderbird, and my images are all turned off by default for security reasons and speed.

I think you'll find you get a better response to emails minus the bg image.

marketsamurai, 7 years ago

Thanks Jordan. And agree with Domainace

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CengageHE, 7 years ago

As much as I'd like to ignore the image issue - I work in marketing and we need bright, catchy email campaigns to attract out clients. A plain single coloured email simply isn't enough these days!

When I refer to a background image i don't mean the page, I mean within the body of the email. We had an example of an email that had text on top of a wood panelling effect - as this was part of the marketed product. Unfortunately the wood image disappeared in Outlook 07 and all the viewer got was a white background with light text on top. Not good for sales...I've had to learn to test against no image and to get the table to have a default background colour as a fall back. Better than nothing but boy - do the sales team complain!

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