A New (for me) Way to Add Images to a Document

Last night I was putting together a quick tutorial document to help out a friend. He had asked me a question and the easiest way for me to answer it was to take a couple screen shots and drop them in a Pages document and shoot it off to him. While I was doing this I was surprised to find a new (for me) way to easily add images to a document.

I was viewing a few images in Preview (on a Mac) and I wanted to add one of them to a Pages document. I had a few screen shots that were all very similar so I had to open multiple images using Preview to see which exact image I needed to add.

Enter “new way (for me) to add images”. I then found out that if I grabbed the tiny little image icon at the top of the Preview window and dragged it into the document the full sized image would be added. This image might help explain:

Once you grab the icon you will see it float with your pointer and as you drag it over the document your should see a little green “plus” sign appear. Once you have dragged the image into your document simply let go of the mouse button and bingo, your image should now appear in the document.

You may say, “wow, who cares?”. And you may be right in thinking so.
But it can come in handy when you have a bunch of images that are either very similar or not very well labeled. For example if you are grabbing some images from your Flicker account and downloading them to add to a presentation they may have just a bunch of numbers as a title. Rather than opening them one by one to find the image you need you can open them all using Preview. With the images open in Preview you can easily use this method to add images one by one while they are all open and easy to see.

One last thing I wanted to mention about this Preview function is that you also have access to a short menu of functions. Here is an image of these functions:

Hopefully you’ll be able to use this feature and save yourself some time!

About Benjamin J Sheridan

Instructional designer at the University of Kentucky.
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