How to add an image to a Facebook or Google+ post without downloading it first

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Did it ever happen that you wanted to share a post on Facebook or Google+, but you wanted to share it with an image you found on the internet and you had to download it first, before attaching it to the post?

This can be a bit time-consuming and you might end up piling unnecessary files, that you only are going to use once. Well, here is a handy tip to make the process easier and it will cut the time and steps in half.


1. While in the web page with the image you want to attach, right-click the image and select Copy image URL in Chrome or Copy on Internet Explorer 10 — This simple operation will copy the image internet location address to the clipboard.

2. Compose a new message on Facebook, click Photo / Video, and click the Choose File button. Then in the File name box, right-click and select Paste. Finally click Open, it might take a few moments, but now you’ll see the image attached to your Facebook post.

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In the same way you can attach an image from a web page to your Google+ post without having to download the file first. Create your post, click the Add photos button, paste the image address you copied earlier, and click Open.

3. Finally, simply publish your post.

Featured image courtesy of Flickr

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He's also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ & Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, and LinkedIn.