The linked image cannot be displayed in Outlook Mail

Sometimes while receiving Outlook emails users just cannot see the linked image, attached along with the email. An error message flashes on the screen with the following line of description – The linked image cannot be displayed. The file may have been moved renamed or deleted.

Download the images and verify that the link points to the correct file and location. But even though you have the option – ‘Don’t Automatically Download Images’ unchecked, the email just refuses to display the pictures. If you face this issue, here’s how to fix the problem.

The linked image cannot be displayed in Outlook Mail

1] Disable Encrypted pages Setting

Go to IE Settings > Internet Options > Advanced tab. Here uncheck Do not save encrypted pages to disk and click on Apply.

The linked image cannot be displayed

2] Repair Office Outlook app

You will have to repair Microsoft Office. For this, press Win+X and select Control Panel. Then, open Programs & Features and select the Microsoft Office entry. Next, right-click on it and select Change. When the ‘Change your installation for Microsoft Office‘ screen appears, select ‘Repair‘ and confirm the action by selecting Repair.


3] Modify the registry entry

Before making changes to the registry, keep a backup of the data to avoid any untoward incident.

Press Windows Key+R to open a Run dialog box, and type regedit and hit the Enter button. Look for the following subkey:

DWORD: BlockHTTPimages
Value: 1

Right-click the BlockHTTPimages key > select the Delete option.

Exit the Registry Editor.

4] Empty the contents of Temporary Internet Files folder

You may delete your temporary internet files and see if that helps you. Use Disk Cleanup Tool or CCleaner to achieve this efficiently. At times, the Outlook secure temporary folder doesn’t have enough free space to download the image, so clearing the Internet cache files may help.

Let us know in the comments section below if any of these methods work for you.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.


  1. Greg

    Option #1 worked! Thank you SO much!! I was getting pretty darn frustrated until I came across this site.

  2. Parched Yeti

    Option 1! Legend.

  3. Joseph vincent

    Awesome, thanks Hemant, after trying different fixes , Option#1 works like a charm, you rock!!!
    Google should recommand your article as the first search result!

  4. NewYears1978

    I have had this problem for a month now but nothing fixes it, even these’s super frustrating.

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