Is it even possible? I've tried everything I can think of (and many variants of every 'thing') and nothing seems to work. Not element CSS (style=""), not inline blocks, not even the background attribute Gmail loves so much (and all other clients and browsers at least understand).

The newsletter is located at It's a dummy obviously. This is the web version, but it's identical to what newsletter subscribers get in their e-mail (including doctype and ). I have tried without doctype and without surrounding or surrounding as well btw.

The newsletter works perfectly in: Outlook 2003, Outlook Express (6), Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, Thunderbird (obviously!). Only in Outlook 2007 it ignores background images and paddings. Results are published on

If it's just not possible, let me know, so I can give up and get some sleep :) Thanks

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There are ways to maintain your design without the support of background images in Outlook 2007.

How so? A lot of columns and clever slicing. The way I'd do that newsletter you linked up would consist of: 20px H image stacked on top of a 480px W slice of the photo next to a 200px W slice containing the logo. Below that, the remaining slice 680px W 370px H of the photo.

Its still a problem to place non-image text over an image. So keep that in mind when you are designing.

Unfortunately, yet another annoyance of email design in accommodating Outlook 2007 (and now, Outlook 2010). Fire up that slice tool.

Answered over 9 years ago by Cy Klassen
danwellman 5600

Outlook 2007 does not support background images in any way, shape or form.

The reason for this is because Outlook (an email client) uses Word (a wordprocessor) to render HTML email. It's as insane as using Notepad to display JPEGs.

Yes it sucks, but we have to live with it.

Answered over 9 years ago by danwellman

Dan's right. If you are looking for some Outlook 2007 ready templates, here's a helpful resource from Campaign Monitor.

Answered over 9 years ago by Jacob Smith

Thanks for the answers guys! I know Outlook 2007 uses Word. I've read and heard many, many comments on the isue :) But like danwellman says: we have to live with it.

@Cy Klassen: The newsletter is supposed to be very, very variable and easy to create (including variable top background image). It uses a very simple CMS to create and send newsletters, so beyond newsletter layout, slicing is out of the question. Good for me, bad for Outlook 2007 users.

Answered over 9 years ago by Rudie Dirkx