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When asking a question involving system message boxes I try to insert an image of the message box in the body of the question, instead of just quoting a long message (example).

However, the process is tedious. I have to capture the window (Alt-PrtScr), open Paint, paste and trim the image, save a file and then upload to SE.

Is there any way of directly pasting an image from the clipboard?

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    This is not currently possible with the editor. – slhck Oct 5 '11 at 15:22
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  • In Windows, can you drag files to the upload form? Because if you use the snipping tool, you basically get a file anyway, and you can press Ctrl-G, drag it there, and you're done. – slhck Oct 5 '11 at 15:49
  • @slhck - Thanks. I don't see the big difference between using Paint and Snipping Tool. Anyway I need to save it as a file and then upload to SE. Actually I noticed that Snipping Tool adds wide margins around the captured area, which I may need to trim anyway. – ysap Oct 5 '11 at 15:59
  • Also, I see why it is currently impossible with the editor. I tagged this as a feature-request as well. Hopefully this can be added in future revisions of the site(s). – ysap Oct 5 '11 at 16:00
  • You'll be thankful when the image hoster returns an error message and you don't have to take the screenshot again, just click upload again. – Daniel Beck Jan 21 '12 at 15:25
  • Note that Atlassian has this figured out - ctrl-V works in their editor. – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Feb 26 '13 at 15:03
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I don't see us supporting this anytime soon.

However, you should certainly look into applications / tools that make the initial screenshot -> file process as painless as possible, as Ivo pointed out in the comments. It could be two steps:

  1. Press the magic "screenshot to file" button.

  2. Upload the file via the editor web interface.

Which really isn't too bad, is it?

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