How to Copy an Image's Web Address (URL)

Copy any online image's location to include it in an email

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Every image on the web has a unique address. You can copy that URL into a text editor, browser page, or email, depending on what you plan to do with it next.

The URL is the address that points to the image on the net. With that address, you can insert the image in emails, for example. Identifying and copying an image's URL is easy if you can see the picture, graphic, chart, sketch, or drawing in your browser.

Using Images From the Web in Email

Once you have the URL, inserting those images in an email is not difficult. You can do it in all the popular internet browsers and in most of the obscure ones.

You can also open the URL in a new browser window to select and copy the image so you can insert it in an email message.

To copy the URL of an image that appears on a page, follow the instructions for your particular email client:

Copying an Image URL in Microsoft Edge

  1. Click on the image whose address you want to copy with the right mouse button.
  2. Select Copy (not Copy picture) from the menu that appears.
  3. Paste the address into a new browser window or into a text editor.

If you do not see Copy in the menu:

  1. Select Inspect element from the menu instead.
  2. Look for the next tag under DOM Explorer.
  3. Double-click the URL that appears next to the src= attribute.
  4. Press Ctrl-C to copy the image's unique URL. 
  5. Paste the address into a new browser window, where you can copy the image or into a text editor.

    Copying an Image URL in Internet Explorer

    If the page is open in Windows full-screen mode:

    1. Bring up the address bar. You can right-click on an empty area of the page.
    2. Open the Page tools wrench menu.
    3. Select View on the desktop from the menu that comes up.
    4. Click on the desired picture with the right mouse button.
    1. Select Properties from the menu.
    2. Highlight the address appearing under Address (URL):.
    3. Press Ctrl-C to copy the image. 

    If the  Properties window is not for the image but for a link instead:

    1. Click Cancel.
    2. Click on the image with the right mouse button again.
    3. Select Inspect element from the menu.
    4. Look for the tag, usually under DOM Explorer.
    5. Double-click the URL that is the src for that tag.
    6. Press Ctrl-C to copy the image. 

    Copying an Image URL in Mozilla Firefox

    1. RIght-click on the image with the right mouse button.
    2. Choose Copy Image Location from the menu.
    3. Paste the address into a new browser window or into a text editor.

    If you do not see Copy Image Location in the menu:

    1. Select Inspect Element from the menu instead.
    2. Look for the URL in the highlighted section of code. It will follow src=
    3. Double-click the URL to select it. 
    4. Press Ctrl-C (Windows, Linux) or Command-C (Mac) to copy the URL.
    5. Paste the address into a new browser window or into a text editor.

    Copying an Image URL in Opera

    1. Click on the desired image with the right mouse button.
    2. Select Copy image address from the menu.
    3. Paste the address into a new browser window or into a text editor.

    If you do not see Copy image address in the menu:

    1. Select Inspect element from the menu to open the code for the website. In the section that is highlighted, look for an underlined link. When you move your cursor over the link, a thumbnail of the image pops up.
    1. Double-click the URL that is that tag’s src attribute to select it. It is the one that follows src= in the highlighted code.
    2. Press Ctrl-C (Windows) or Command-C (Mac) to copy the image link.
    3. Paste the address into a new browser window or into a text editor.

    Copying an Image URL in Safari

    1. On a website, right-click on an image with the right mouse button or by holding down Contol while clicking the left or only button.
    2. Select Copy Image Address from the menu that opens.
    3. Paste the address into a new browser window or into a text editor.

    The Develop menu must be enabled in Safari for this process to work.

    If you do not see Develop in the Safari’s menu bar:

    1. Select Safari > Preferences from the menu.
    2. Go to the Advanced tab.
    3. Make sure Show Develop menu in menu bar is checked.

    Google Chrome

    1. Click on the image with the right mouse button.
    2. Select Copy image address or Copy Image URL from the menu that comes up.
    3. Paste the address into a new browser window or into a text editor.