How to Copy & Paste Jpegs

By Louise Balle

JPEG, an acronym for Joint Photographic Experts Group, is a type of image file that is used on websites and in graphic design applications. The format was created as a way to reduce the amount of bandwidth used when an image is transmitted online. This file format is preferred over other types of image files like TIFs and EPS files not only because it is so small in size (compressed to 5% of the former image size), but also because the onscreen image usually appears very crisp and clear. Copying and pasting JPEGs between applications is a simple process.

Step 1

Open your JPEG image in the original application, such as a browser (like Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox) or Word processing document.

Step 2

Position your cursor directly in front of the image, at the bottom. Left-click and hold the cursor at that spot.

Step 3

Drag your mouse to the right until the JPEG is completely selected. You should see the image highlighted in blue (or another color, depending on your computer's settings). You may also be able to right-click the image and select "Copy Image" or similar, though this isn't always a reliable method of copying JPEGs.

Step 4

Press "CTRL + C" (copy) on your keyboard. You can also go to the main menu of your program and choose "Edit" or similar, then select "Copy" from the list of options.

Step 5

Go to the file into which you want to paste the JPEG. Place your cursor in the area where you want the JPEG to be positioned. Press "CTRL+V" (paste) or select "Paste" from the "Edit" menu to deposit the JPEG in its new location.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also cut the JPEG image from your original application (except for a browser) by pressing "CTRL+X" rather than "CTRL+C" or by selecting "Edit" then "Cut" from the program's main menu. This will completely remove the image file from the first program file.
  • Check to ensure that no other elements on the page (such as unwanted images or text) are selected in blue, otherwise you will paste those elements over to the other application as well. If this happens, click the mouse anywhere to un-highlight the entire selection, and perform steps 2 and 3 until the JPEG is the only element selected.
  • This method works for Windows operating systems.

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