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Thu Aug 31, 2017, 03:38 PM

How to post photos to DU (Rev. Aug. 2017)

Last edited Wed Nov 22, 2017, 07:58 PM - Edit history (2)

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As you have discovered probably by now, you cannot paste photos into the message text box here on DU. Hey, no worry! Even experienced DU members with thousands of posts have to sometimes ask this question, so... welcome!

For a photo (image, video, etc.) to display on DU, the hyperlink (also called the URL or web address among other things...) must be placed in the message box. The image will display when you click Preview (always test!) and when you post it.

I want to post an image I found on the internet.

Depending on which internet browser you use, you may see different options when you right-click on an image you have found while browsing.

If you use Chrome, a right click on the image will display Copy image address.
Then paste the copied address into the DU message box. Bam!

If you use Internet Explorer/Bing, right click the image, click Properties, and you will see Address (URL). Select the address (htt p://blah blah...jpg (or png, gif, etc.) and copy it. Paste it into the message text box on DU.

If you use a different browser, Google how to find the image URL for that browser. They are all slightly different.

NOTE: If you try the method above and you don't see the copy image address or Properties/Address/URL, it can't be done this way. You will have to get a screenshot of the image (Windows has Snipping Tool) and save it on your computer as a .jpg file (or .png) and upload it to the image hosting site, as detailed below.


I want to post a photo that I have on my own computer. It is NOT on the internet (yet!)

First, get that image from your computer uploaded to a web-based image hosting site. There are many. Photobucket was very popular until just recently when it became unaffordable. Imgur is a free site. There are more explained in this document (valid as of 8/2/2017) https://www.lifewire.com/free-image-hosting-sites-3486329 .

Because of the different places to put your image, I can't give you step by step on how to upload your image. Once you have uploaded your image to your upload site, you will see that it may offer you various types of links. You need the Direct Link, as indicated in the screenshot below. Click the copy button. Then paste into your DU message box. Done!



But it just shows the URL in the DU message box and not the photo!

The image you are trying to link to may be part of a slide show or gallery. If you don't see the copy image address or Properties/Address/URL, it can't be done this way. You will have to get a screenshot of it and save it on your computer as a jpg file (or png) and upload it to the image hosting site, as shown above.

The URL you pasted into DU must end with one of the standard file format extensions such as .jpg, .gif, .png, etc.

What about YouTube videos?

Easiest way is when you are on the YouTube page viewing your video, simply click in the address bar for the page and copy that URL. Then paste it into the DU message box. See screenshot:




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Reply How to post photos to DU (Rev. Aug. 2017) (Original post)
CurtEastPoint Aug 2017 OP
Solly Mack Aug 2017 #1
Glorfindel Aug 2017 #2
CurtEastPoint Aug 2017 #3
kechua2 Nov 2017 #4
CurtEastPoint Nov 2017 #5
pansypoo53219 Jan 2018 #6
CurtEastPoint Jan 2018 #7
StTimofEdenRoc Jun 2018 #8
3Hotdogs Nov 2018 #9
CurtEastPoint Nov 2018 #10
NewDayOranges Jun 2019 #19
Lucky Luciano May 2019 #11
CurtEastPoint May 2019 #12
Lucky Luciano May 2019 #13
CurtEastPoint May 2019 #14
Lucky Luciano May 2019 #15
CurtEastPoint May 2019 #16
ohhellyes May 2019 #17
ohhellyes May 2019 #18
Name removed Aug 2019 #20
qwlauren35 May 3 #21

Response to CurtEastPoint (Original post)

Thu Aug 31, 2017, 03:39 PM

1. Thank you.

I appreciate you doing this. It did need to be updated because of photobucket.

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Original post)

Thu Aug 31, 2017, 04:54 PM

2. Thanks a lot. I have added your instructions as a link on my desktop for handy reference.

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 31, 2017, 05:36 PM

3. Well, I am flattered!

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Original post)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 07:10 PM

4. The image you are trying

The image you are trying to link to may be part of a slide show or gallery. If you don't see the copy image address or Properties/Address/URL, it can't be done this way. You will have to get a screenshot of it and save it on your computer as a jpg file (or png) and upload it to the image hosting site, as shown above.

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Response to kechua2 (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 07:53 PM

5. Thank you. Let me add that in, if you don't mind.

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Original post)

Sat Jan 6, 2018, 04:20 AM

6. message box? and the copy thing does not copy or address.

might have something in photobucket.

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Response to pansypoo53219 (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 6, 2018, 09:46 AM

7. Sorry. I'm not clear on what you are saying.

Message box is this box right here where you are entering the URL for the image and any other text you wish to add.

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Original post)

Fri Jun 22, 2018, 02:05 AM

8. okay, just so I can find this again

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 10:04 PM

9. My photos are on Picasa and google photo.

How can I post them on D.U. ?

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 18, 2018, 10:44 PM

10. Then they are on the internet, right? Each photo should have a URL

Same as this section above: I want to post an image I found on the internet.

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #10)

Fri Jun 28, 2019, 09:38 PM

19. Testing...

Mozilla Firefox - it works! right click on image, select "Copy link location", then right click and "paste" at the destination...


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Response to CurtEastPoint (Original post)

Sun May 5, 2019, 05:54 AM

11. Hi, I think imgur doesn't do direct links anymore.



To get this, I pasted the link they gave without a proper picture extension and put it into my safari browser. Then I pressed the picture to get a “copy image” hitch provides a link.

I then have to delete everything past the “.jpg” and delete the “_d” before the jpg to make the image the proper size.

What is the way to do this now if this hack isn’t it?

?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium

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Response to Lucky Luciano (Reply #11)

Sun May 5, 2019, 07:21 AM

12. I just made an image of your response, uploaded it and pasted the 'direct link' below



I am not sure what you mean by 'link they gave me'

If someone (or the internet) provides an image link it needs to end with .jpg or .png etc. DU doesn't recognize past that.

Are you trying to paste an image from the net? If so, display the image in your browser and (I don't know Apple stuff) right click and you should see get image link or some such.

Good luck

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #12)

Sun May 5, 2019, 08:57 AM

13. Here is the link imgur gives me

https://imgur.com/a/87vc1L1

Not very useful of course...but if I paste this link into the browser of my iPad, then press and hold the image for a second, I get the option to “copy” which provides a jpg that I have to modify as mentioned in my first post.

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Response to Lucky Luciano (Reply #13)

Sun May 5, 2019, 09:06 AM

14. I see what you are doing now. Stay away from the address bar....

Display the image (click your name, then images) and THEN click the COPY button next to Direct Link



Copying the address bar URL just takes you to the image in Imgur.



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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #14)

Sun May 5, 2019, 10:17 AM

15. I don't get such a list of options.

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Maybe because I’m using the imgur iPad app. All I get is “copy link”.

I’ll keep looking for it - I hope it can be done easily in-app as using the web browser is inconvenient compared to what the app could be.

The browser on iPad does get me a direct link albeit with a different menu and a little extra work to copy it. I guess that will do for now.

My laptop with chrome might be easier, but obviously that is less convenient than relaxing with the iPad!

...but thank you for all the quick responses!



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Response to Lucky Luciano (Reply #15)

Sun May 5, 2019, 12:44 PM

16. Sure. Had no idea about (1) ipad and (2) imgur app. Good luck!

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Original post)

Tue May 14, 2019, 06:22 PM

17. Coming 'round the bend



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Sun May 3, 2020, 01:36 PM

21. Thank you for this.

It is very comprehensive.

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