In the old image uploader (which opened as dialog) there used to be "Upload from web/URL" option. Now in the new uploader embedded inside the editor, such option does not exist:

Can this please be added again? It's very useful when I prefer to not download the picture to my local device first.

  • Joe Friend added status-completed to about 10 minutes bofore this post. Perhaps the changes there messed things up a bit. – Chair Oct 31 at 15:23
  • @Chair not relevant, the bug here isn't about pasting images, but URL as plain text. Oh, yes there was major change of the uploader, which naturally cause lots of new bugs. – Shadow Wizard Oct 31 at 15:25
  • Yeah, but it seems possible that the changes made to enable the feature requested in that post messed with the functionality and now you can't post images. I've edited my old comment to make it clearer. – Chair Oct 31 at 15:26
  • I can still post images in two ways: direct upload and pasting from clipboard, just not by URL as it used to be. – Shadow Wizard Oct 31 at 15:31
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    Shadow Wizard, I genuinely appreciate how hard the team is working on this. It's a huge positive change, but can't happen without problems. Is there any way you can feature this, or some other post that shows the ctrl-v work around, on every SE site? I come mostly from Gardening:SE, and we ask for pictures with virtually every question. I got stuck today, and am fortunate to have found this. If we could understand how to help people through this transition, it would be an enormous help! Thanks for your consideration! – Sue Oct 31 at 23:45
  • @Sue cheers, though I did not take part making this change, I am just an ordinary user like you that just noticed this bug first. Anyhow this will hopefully get fixed shortly and then we will be able to paste the URL inside the image uploader. See Stijn's answer for some details. – Shadow Wizard Nov 1 at 0:51
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    I have just hit on this problem. I don't know about you, but whenever I click "add picture" my computer immediately jumps into action and shows me my computer files, I cannot close the window and proceed to paste the image because that means clicking "add picture" which makes the window pop up again. Wash, lather, and rinse ad infinitum. This makes pasting or copying images from the Internet very very awkward and very very very annoying. The easiest solution (for me) is to save the image on the hard disk and proceed from there. It was so simple to use before. – Mari-Lou A Nov 6 at 9:06
  • @Mari-LouA what you describe is a bug, it doesn't happen to me (clicking the image icon in editor does not auto trigger the upload file dialog). What browser do you have? (Version and OS too.) – Shadow Wizard Nov 6 at 9:08
  • @Mari-LouA to be clear, how exactly you upload? Full steps and details, maybe you do something wrong. (As it sounds really weird that file upload will just auto jump) – Shadow Wizard Nov 6 at 9:11
  • Chrome 69 on Mac OS X (Yosemite) The site tells me it's out of date. The exact procedure is the one I described above. – Mari-Lou A Nov 6 at 9:13
  • @Mari-LouA Chrome 69 is supported by SE which supports two versions back. But yeah, try updating to Chrome 70 and see if it solve the issue. – Shadow Wizard Nov 6 at 9:14
  • Hmm, so your computer doesn't open a window when you click "Drag and drop or click here to upload an image (max 2 MB)" Scrap that bit about me clicking "add image" I equated the two as being synonymous. I cannot paste the url or copy the image w/o having the window obstructing my vision. – Mari-Lou A Nov 6 at 9:18
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    @Mari-LouA ohh... just paste the URL (you can't type) after clicking the image icon in editor, without clicking anything else. It will auto magically show a textbox with the URL you pasted, and allow you to upload that image. Totally against any common sense, terrible UX, but it works. – Shadow Wizard Nov 6 at 9:21
  • OMG, I did it. Thank you!!!! But this is so counterintuitve for "normal" people. I have to click paste w/o clicking on the box that tells me to "Drag and drop or click here to upload an image (max 2 MB)". And it does not work if I try to use the link button. How the f*k are new users suppose to discover this function? Yes, yes to the bit about *Totally against any common sense, terrible UX, But no to "it works" b/c just look at how much time I had to spend doing it. – Mari-Lou A Nov 6 at 9:27
  • @Mari-LouA can't agree more. Feel free to downvote Joe's answer and upvote the last comment there about bad UX. :) – Shadow Wizard Nov 6 at 9:28
up vote 5 down vote accepted

We added back an explicit entry point for this and you can paste an image link when the uploader UX is showing.

  • No, this is Firefox only and someone already mentioned this possible workaround. I'm afraid many people use other browsers, myself included. Anyway, since this appears to be on purpose (removing it as explicit entry point) I downvoted because I don't like this decision. I like to know what I can do with a feature. – Shadow Wizard Oct 31 at 16:42
  • What is firefox only? – Joe Friend Oct 31 at 16:46
  • The "you can paste an image link when the uploader UX is showing" part. Try with Chrome and see. (Spoiler: it won't do anything. ;)) – Shadow Wizard Oct 31 at 16:47
  • @ShadowWizard It works for me on Chrome, but only if I first click in the white upload dropdown but outside of the grey upload dialog target (edit: as shog already noted). Needs a tweak. – Something Bad Happened Oct 31 at 16:48
  • That's what I mentioned in my comment. If you try clicking on the white part of the UX (say down by the "powered by imgur" text) it will correct the focus issue and then it will work. That is the bug we are fixing that impacts Chrome and Edge. – Joe Friend Oct 31 at 16:49
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    Why was this decision made? It seems less accessible. You sure it works with assistive technology? – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Oct 31 at 16:55
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    @SonictheAnonymousHedgehog We're going to update the text to make it clear you can paste. We will do that after we fix the focus bug. – Joe Friend Oct 31 at 16:56
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    Does it work properly with assistive technology? – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Oct 31 at 16:59
  • It works, but users of assistive tech wouldn't know it exists until we do the copy change. – Joe Friend Oct 31 at 17:12
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    Honestly, it feels like many of the really helpful UI changes communities ask for ... never occur, but then you make such changes and basically break something that worked fine. – GhostCat Oct 31 at 19:57
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    To be fair, @GhostCat... Lots of folks have asked for this over the years - not just less awkward image uploading specifically (though, see the meta posts linked in Joe's announcement), but a responsive design which is what has driven this change (and many others). That last one specifically was something we resisted for a long time because it was guaranteed to be painful - the changes here are touching stuff that hasn't really been modified significantly for a long time, and the eventual payoff seems far away. But... We'll get there, step by step. – Shog9 Nov 1 at 0:54
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    "Drag & drop, paste or click here to upload an image (max 2 MB)" : This still reads as if you have to copy/paste an image. I think it needs making more explicit that you can paste a link. To be honest, to me, it would be best if you had a textbox to copy a link into but I can see why you might not want to. – TheLethalCoder Nov 1 at 11:56
  • @JoeFriend Minor but important adjustment request: use an Oxford Comma in the byline. – TylerH Nov 1 at 14:57
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    You need a way to present a text box that allows someone to type in a URI. This is fundamental basics. At best, even if we accept that people generally paste URIs in, hiding this option in such a way is really bad Ux. People know what textboxes do: use them! – Lightness Races in Orbit Nov 1 at 17:48
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    @CindyMeister I agree this change is a big "downgrade" in all aspects. Also, IE is no longer supported by Stack Exchange, try Edge which should be supported or other browsers. – Shadow Wizard Nov 8 at 7:51

It's still possible, but it's not easy to discover. After clicking the image upload button, you can paste an URL with Ctrl+V:


It then proceeds with uploading to imgur as before.

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    I tried that actually and nothing happened when pasting the URL. – Shadow Wizard Oct 31 at 15:21
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    Huh, which browser? I'm using Firefox 63. – Stijn Oct 31 at 15:22
  • Chrome 69. Tried again now just to be sure. Still nothing when pasting URL. – Shadow Wizard Oct 31 at 15:24
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    Confirmed that it doesn't work in Chrome. – Stijn Oct 31 at 15:27
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    Heh, so... This is a bit odd, but in Chrome you can make this work: click any whitespace in the uploader pane, then paste. – Shog9 Oct 31 at 15:44
  • @Shog9 seems like a focus issue. – Script47 Oct 31 at 15:50
  • Chrome 70. Mac. Clicking the white space etc. doesn't work for me. Hitting tab (to focus the drag & drop area) then Cmd+V does work however. – Turnip Oct 31 at 16:26
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    Hi Stijn, thanks so much for showing us this!! I got stuck on my most common site today, Gardening:SE, and was fortunate to find it! We ask for pictures there on almost every question. I've asked Shadow Wizard if this post, or a related one with this work-around, could be featured on all the SE sites. I'm not sure that's possible with the work all of you are doing, but I'd really appreciate it! Thanks for everything! – Sue Oct 31 at 23:52
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    I suppose allowing typing is out of vogue now :( – Lightness Races in Orbit Nov 1 at 17:47
  • @LightnessRacesinOrbit who types URL these days?! We are the copy&paste generation! ;) – Shadow Wizard Nov 6 at 9:15
  • @Shog9 it works if you never click on the window which says Drag and drop or click here to upload an image (max 2 MB) Because normally I would click the box, and simply add the url address. I am using Chrome 69 on an oldish MacBook. – Mari-Lou A Nov 6 at 9:50

As a work around until/if this is fixed, we can Copy&Paste the image instead of pasting its URL, at least in some browsers. For example, here is a guide for Chrome browser:

  1. Right click the image in the browser and click "Copy image":

  2. Without clicking the image upload icon, paste (CTRL+V) while inside the editor.

Enjoy the image. :)

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