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It would be nice to support showing images in their original size when they where automatically resized because they are too big to fit in a question or answer (Example).

I envision it just like in blogs or facebook: You can click on the image and it is shown in its original size in an overlay.

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FWIW Quora does implement it. I can see pros, I don't see any cons. –  Franck Dernoncourt Jan 14 '14 at 5:12
Hi! I noticed that the example here leads to a deleted question, most likely because this request is a few years old. I know you're busy and it's not a big deal, but I was wondering if you might be willing to link to a different example. I'd like to see an overlay too, but in the meantime, I hope this change makes your life here easier. Thanks! –  Sue Aug 20 at 17:11

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We haven't implemented an overlay (the community was more divided on this), but from now on, the image uploader automatically wraps images in a link to themselves, which looks like this and should make your life easier:

[![enter image description here][1]][1]


Balpha is to thank for this change.

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Awesome, thanks! –  Shadow Wizard Jul 22 at 13:39
Would it be possible to do this only when the image width exceeds the text width, please? Currently, it looks really ridiculous that a 100x50 px image gets hyperlinked to ... itself in the same size. –  yo' Aug 8 at 9:26
@yo' I agree. I posted several pictures well below the text body width and I had to remove the links because I kept thinking the images would actually link somewhere. A link should should only serve to provide extra information, not repeat the exact same image, in a new window. It adds no value. It makes sense to provide a link for oversized images. –  Ambo100 Sep 3 at 17:08

This is a good idea. I'd like to see it on the site, without having to right-click, open in new tab or so. Just a click on the image and a nice fancybox (or similar) opens up:

enter image description here

It could look like lightbox or fancybox.

It's really annoying to have images scaled down so that they aren't well readable anymore, and having to right-click, copy image URL, open new tab, paste, enter in order to see the full size image.

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Your browser already supports that. Right-click the image, click "Open Link in New Tab". You get a zoom cursor in IE, Firefox and Chrome.

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That's how I do it right now. However, the usability of that approach is meager at best. –  Daniel Hilgarth Oct 18 '12 at 8:15
And: you can actually zoom, as a bonus. Works for me indeed. –  Arjan Feb 2 '13 at 15:29
I dispute your "facts".  In IE, if you right-click an image, the "Open Link in New Tab" menu item is disabled (dimmed/gray) unless the image is a link (e.g., as done with the [![...][1]][1] markdown).  (I'm using IE 11.) –  Scott Jul 7 at 8:09
That is relying upon browser functionality and requires an extra click. Those extra clicks soon add up... :-) –  Greenonline Jul 10 at 11:24

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