How to Copy and Paste a Picture

By Elle Smith

Pictures make nearly everything we create or read more interesting, educational or appealing. With a few exceptions, most any kind of document on your computer can accommodate a picture, and there are also a vast number of photos on the Internet that are copyright-free that can also be copied and pasted into documents. The copy and paste functions are basic computer skills that will make quick work of editing digital images.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access
  • Word processing or graphics program
  • Digital image

From the Internet

Step 1

Click your cursor next to a picture you find on a website. Drag your cursor across the picture to highlight and select it. Alternatively, right-click your mouse while placing your cursor on a picture to select it. Scroll down and click "Copy" or press the "Ctrl" key and then the "C" key to copy the picture.

Step 2

Open a new document in a graphics program or word processing program, such as Microsoft Paint, Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Word.

Step 3

Place your cursor over the new document and right-click with your mouse to paste it the picture in the document. Alternatively, place your cursor over the document and press the "Ctrl" key and then the "V" key to paste the picture.

Between Documents on Your Computer

Step 1

Locate a picture that you wish to copy and paste into another document. Double-click on the picture to open it in its default program.

Step 2

Click the "Edit" menu and choose "Select All" to select the entire picture. Click "Edit" again and select "Copy." Alternatively, press "Ctrl" and the "A" key to select all and then press the "Ctrl" and the "C" key to copy the picture.

Step 3

Open a word processing program or graphics program and then choose "Edit" and then "Paste" to paste your picture. Alternatively, press "Ctrl" and the "V" key to paste the picture.

Tips & Warnings

  • Most pictures and photos on the Internet are copyright protected. Obey copyright laws.