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Did you know that you can simply copy and paste images into Gmail messages using Chrome? While drag-and-dropping images messages has been available in Gmail for a while now, being able to paste images from the clipboard is arguably an even more useful feature.

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Here’s a quick productivity-boosting tip: Did you know that you can simply copy and paste images into Gmail messages using Chrome? While dragging and dropping of images into messages has been available in Gmail for a while now, being able to paste images from the clipboard is arguably an even more useful feature, as it makes it easier to grab images that are on different tabs or in different windows. UPDATE: this only works for images that are online; you can copy images from websites but you can’t copy images from your desktop.

It works just as you would expect it to: Copy an image to the clipboard, hit Edit->Paste (or Ctrl+V on Windows/Cmd+V on Mac) and your image will be pasted into the message, which can then be sent as normal.

Note: According to the How-To Geek blog, while copy and pasting appears to work in Firefox, the recipient won’t get the images correctly. I tested it, and while it works well using Chrome, with Firefox the recipient will just get a confusing mess of HTML.

  1. Doesn’t work for me in Chrome.

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    1. It works for me in Chrome, Alan, so I’m not sure why it’s not working for you.

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  2. To clarify – this only works for images that are online. So you can copy that image from a website but you can’t copy that image sitting on your desktop.

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    1. Thanks for the clarification, Amit. I will add it to the post.

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  3. This is great, now I can easily post images to jotpress.com

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  4. Does anyone know how to copy images from on your desktop without having to save and manually attach in the body of gmail message?

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  5. I had not realized this feature had been added, but today I tried out of curiosity to paste a screenshot from the clipboard. It worked perfectly, and the image was definitely not from a website. It was just a capture using the PrtScn button. I then tried pasting an image captured using the Snipping Tool in Win 7, and that worked too. So it appears that over the last month Google has continued to improve this feature. To me this has long been the main drawback to web-based email compared to Outlook, so this is really awesome!

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