On this question on tex.SE (and on many, many other posts on several sites) I once again noticed that pictures uploaded are always made full page width.

This is often way too much for the image. For example in the linked question, I uploaded a math-formatted equation. That would fill the whole width and become enormous. So I have to append white-space on either side of it and upload it like that.

Is there no way to set image sizes? At least to set the sizes to the original image sizes - I would understand issues with users setting their own dimensions, but at the very least the picture should not be shown in larger dimensions that what it is uploaded in.

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    It's becoming enormous because you're uploading an enormous image. (The one currently in that post is 1205x520.) We don't ever resize images up.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Aug 3, 2017 at 15:50

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AFAIK images can be in any size. Stack Exchange do not automatically resize any images if they are not wider than post area width. Oversized images will fit in the post area. Too big images will make your post less readable. You can manually resize it with Imgur's service.

An image doesn't necessarily occupy a full line, Humorous yes.

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    Images only occupy a full line if you put them on their own line and format it as a paragraph. It's perfectly possible to have text on the same line as an image. It just looks awful and I wouldn't recommend doing it with any image height that doesn't match the text height.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Aug 3, 2017 at 16:35
  • @animuson Failed for mobile-web. Aug 3, 2017 at 16:55

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