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I've tried to find other questions covering this, but (surprisingly) I did not find any.

When I want to add a screenshot to a post, as far I know the only way to do it is to save it as a file and then upload the file, using Stack Overflow's image hosting. OK, much better than finding a hosting site yourself, but sometimes I wish I could just paste the image from the clipboard.

It's not as straightforward as it may seem, I know. JIRA has this feature, and it needs a Java applet to get it done.

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Yep - it requires a client program that can read the clipboard and send that to the server. This would probably not be acceptable to a large proportion of users. –  ChrisF Feb 1 '12 at 12:36
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There are programs (some free, some not) that can assign hotkey to take screenshot and upload to some server all in one step - those who want can install such program and use it. Otherwise, we are restricted by the browsers that won't allow access to the clipboard data. –  Shadow Wizard Feb 1 '12 at 12:47
    
Didn't check it in depth but this might also help: Web Clipboard Extension for Google Chrome –  Shadow Wizard Feb 1 '12 at 12:49
    
@ShaDowWizArd The extension is about text and html content. –  Gert Arnold Feb 1 '12 at 12:53
    
@ChrisF do you think it would be acceptable to have this as an optional feature? –  Gert Arnold Feb 1 '12 at 13:14
    
Possibly - but I suspect that it won't be a priority as I'm sure the development team have more important things to be looking at. –  ChrisF Feb 1 '12 at 13:16
    
@ChrisF OK, I can image that. I wouldn't mind accepting this as an answer. –  Gert Arnold Feb 1 '12 at 13:24
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Because what we need is to give websites the ability to read from users' clipboards. There's no way it would be abused, right? –  Won't Feb 1 '12 at 15:52
    
@ShaDowWizArd, you're right about the one-step-upload-software, but that probably won't allow uploads to the SE-provided imgur account? (Which, if all is well, does not expire any of the uploaded images.) –  Arjan Feb 1 '12 at 17:51
    
@Arjan it will upload to some other host and give URL to paste - that's the maximum we can "hope" for. :) –  Shadow Wizard Feb 1 '12 at 17:59
    
@Gert Arnold - Check out http://imgur.com –  user66001 Feb 2 '13 at 10:40
    
A new upload dialog, adding support for paste and drag-and-drop in that dialog, is being tested on Meta. –  Arjan Feb 23 '13 at 18:26

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Completely possible - There were several websites, that even when the currently accepted answer was provided, were able to allow pasting into the UI. Gmail for one. I use imgur.com for this functionality when adding pics to SE answers

After a quick search, came up with this for Chrome/Firefox; and this for IE; Sure there are others ideas out there for other browsers these days.

I was about to start a new question, and would still like to do this given how wordy this question and answers have become. Think this functionality (provided on browsers/versions that there is a way to provide it) would be a fantastic addition to the SE rich feature set!

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The imgur option gets close enough for me. Thanks. –  Gert Arnold Feb 2 '13 at 11:37
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Despite the imgur.com website maybe making it easier to paste images, please use the Stack Exchange provided upload functionality instead, to ensure the images are put into the SE account, which keeps images forever. (That said, it would be nice if SE added the same upload options that Imgur provides.) –  Arjan Feb 2 '13 at 11:53
    
@Arjan Understood! –  Gert Arnold Feb 2 '13 at 12:45
    
@Arjan - Thanks, will weigh this good point, with time I have available to me during the day. If you have any sway in what functionality gets added here @ SO, I implore you to get this implemented to have the best of both worlds :) –  user66001 Feb 2 '13 at 18:49
    
@Arjan - On second thought, and confirming, not sure I understand - Doesn't SE use imgur already, or do you mean that even though I have an account with imgur.com they delete old images, whereas SE doesn't / won't? –  user66001 Feb 2 '13 at 20:47
    
Indeed, when uploading to your own free account, or an anonymous account, images might expire. Also, SE is not backing up your account. –  Arjan Feb 2 '13 at 20:53
    
A new upload dialog, adding support for paste and drag-and-drop in that dialog, is being tested on Meta. –  Arjan Feb 23 '13 at 18:27
    
Thanks for letting us know @Arjan - Almost there, now to just make it function on the edit / ask question pages directly ;) –  user66001 Feb 27 '13 at 14:01

This would require a client program that can read the clipboard and send that to the server. Normally browsers and JavaScript can't access this.

This would probably not be acceptable to a large proportion of users.

As this would have be an optional feature I can't see it being a priority for the development team who will be working on features that have a known benefit.

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