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?

  • 1
    This is not currently possible with the editor.
    – slhck
    Commented Oct 5, 2011 at 15:22
  • 2
  • 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
    Commented Oct 5, 2011 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
    Commented Oct 5, 2011 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
    Commented Oct 5, 2011 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 Mod
    Commented Jan 21, 2012 at 15:25
  • Note that Atlassian has this figured out - ctrl-V works in their editor. Commented Feb 26, 2013 at 15:03

1 Answer 1


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?

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .