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Adding Images to Gmail Signature from Drive through the web URL

In my blog on Adding Image Hyperlinks in Gmail signature, I had discussed ways to insert an image to your Gmail signature from your computer or via a web URL. Soon thereafter, I became aware of an issue where images were inserted into the Gmail signature from Google Drive via web URL. To better explain, here are the steps:

  • An image in Google Drive is set to "Anyone with the link" and the sharing URL copied.
  • The Insert image icon in the Gmail signature area clicked, the Web URL tab chosen and the copied Drive URL pasted and the image is previewed correctly.
  • The blue Select button is clicked. It is then the issue is noted. The image element is inserted, but as a placeholder and the image is not visible.

The steps to resolve this issue are included below:
  • The Insert image icon in the Gmail signature area clicked, the Web URL tab chosen and the copied Drive URL pasted and the image is previewed correctly.
  • Now, instead of clicking on the blue Select button, right click on the "Open image in new tab" option.

  • This opens the image in a new browser tab, with a URL beginning with "https://lh#.googleusercontent.com/...". We copy that URL and paste it in the Gmail signature web address URL field.

  • Now clicking on the blue Select button correctly inserts the image in the Gmail signature field.
  • To complete, click on the "Save Changes" button at the bottom of the page.

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