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. Commented Jan 14, 2014 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! Commented Aug 20, 2015 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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    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'
    Commented Aug 8, 2015 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
    Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 17:08
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    This is such a sad excuse (as a replacement) for so basic of a feature.
    – alex gray
    Commented Jan 30, 2016 at 2:13
  • @Thomas, what about the MILLIONS of old posts created "before". They do NOT seem inherit this "feature".
    – alex gray
    Commented Jan 30, 2016 at 2:15
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    Just to voice some dissent: I hate this feature. It would be nice to be able to disable it in some way. Clickety click, clickety click - oops, why is that image a link to nowhere?
    – E.P.
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 12:02
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    @yo, you are right that - by default - inserting an image via the toolbar of the Stack Exchange Markdown editor, a click link to the image itself will always be inserted. Personally, I don't mind. But for anyone disturbed by it, the behavior for "small pictures" is easy to change manually. Simply replace [![blah][1]][1] by ![blah][1] and the image will not be clickable any more! - If you want to deepen your understanding on how this works, I recommend reading meta.stackexchange.com/a/2191, possibly including the reference links at the bottom. Commented Feb 2, 2021 at 8:53

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.


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

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    That's how I do it right now. However, the usability of that approach is meager at best. Commented Oct 18, 2012 at 8:15
  • And: you can actually zoom, as a bonus. Works for me indeed.
    – Arjan
    Commented Feb 2, 2013 at 15:29
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    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.) Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 8:09
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    That is relying upon browser functionality and requires an extra click. Those extra clicks soon add up... :-) Commented Jul 10, 2015 at 11:24

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