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Copy images from Chrome into Apple Mail Apps
Safari allows you to Drag and Drop images from a web page straight into an Apple Mail mail message. With Chrome that does not work. It produces a placeholder icon in the email message.

To be able to do this you will need to detour through Preview. Copy the image from the browser window and create a 'New From Clipboard' document in Preview. Select all of the image, copy it again, close the preview window, and paste it into the e-mail.

The reason for this is that Chrome sets the properties of the Clipboard entry differently and Mail gets confused as to how to display the pasted content.

For keyboard fans this is the following sequence:

Cmd+C (Copy), Cmd+Space (Search), 'Preview', Enter (start Preview), Cmd+N (New from Clipboard), Cmd+A (Select All), Cmd+C (Copy), Cmd+W (close Preview window), Cmd+Tab (switch to Mail), Cmd+V (Paste). Voila!

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described.]
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Copy images from Chrome into Apple Mail
Authored by: chabig on Nov 10, '10 08:02:54AM

Drag and drop straight to Mail works for me.

And the published workaround is excessively complicated anyway. If you're copying the image, just paste it into the Mail message without detouring through Preview.



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Copy images from Chrome into Apple Mail
Authored by: asmeurer on Nov 10, '10 09:43:14AM

I think the point was that going directly to Mail did not work for him.



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Copy images from Chrome into Apple Mail
Authored by: chabig on Nov 10, '10 11:02:47AM

I got that point. But it works for me and more than likely works for most people. So the two questions I have are, "why doesn't it work for him?" and "why does a problem with the submitter's system make this a hint for everyone?"



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Copy images from Chrome into Apple Mail
Authored by: crarko on Nov 10, '10 12:53:01PM

I got the placeholder image and not the inserted graphic when I tried it, just as the submitter did.

Mail 4.3, Chrome 7.0.517.44.



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Copy images from Chrome into Apple Mail
Authored by: PeterS on Nov 10, '10 01:48:49PM

I have the same versions and drag and drop works fine for me.

Both ways, drag to dock icon opens a new mail with the image and drag to open message places the image in the message.



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Copy images from Chrome into Apple Mail
Authored by: garyp on Nov 10, '10 09:04:48AM

Seems unnecessary. Using Chrome 7, I can drag and drop same as Safari.



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Copy images from Chrome into Apple Mail
Authored by: DCJ001 on Nov 10, '10 10:31:24AM

Another, more efficient, option is to press Control-Command-Shift-4, use the cursor to select the image to be copied, the image goes to the clipboard, then go to the Mail message. The use Command-V to paste the image into the desired place in the Mail message.



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Copy images from Chrome into Apple Mail
Authored by: joelseph on Nov 10, '10 12:30:18PM

Hmm... haven't been familiar with that keyboard shortcut, but I'll keep it in mind... handy!

Thx.



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Copy images from Chrome into Apple Mail
Authored by: DCJ001 on Nov 10, '10 01:11:12PM

Command-Shift-3 Saves picture of screen as a file

Command-Shift-4 Saves picture of selected area as a file

Command-Shift-4-Space Bar Saves picture of selected window as a file

Command-Control-Shift-3 Copies picture of screen to clipboard

Command-Control-Shift-4 Copies picture of selected area to clipboard

Command-Control-Shift-4-Space Bar Copies picture of selected window to clipboard



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There are two ways to drag an image to Mail.app
Authored by: babaloo on Nov 10, '10 01:18:30PM

To avoid further confusion: there are two ways to drag an image to Mail.app:

1) drag and drop an image to Mail.app's Dock icon (a new message window will open)
2) drag and drop an image into the message area of an open Mail.app window (i.e. a new message window is already open)

Method 1) will work with Chrome, method 2) won't.



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There are two ways to drag an image to Mail.app
Authored by: crarko on Nov 10, '10 01:57:51PM

OK, I was using the second method.

Any notion of why one works but not the other?



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Re: Copy images from Chrome into Apple Mail
Authored by: Uncle Asad on Nov 10, '10 03:46:46PM

Is everyone for whom dragging is broken on 10.6? This works just fine for me on 10.5.

Note that Gecko has a similar issue, but only on 10.6: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=591713



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Re: Copy images from Chrome into Apple Mail
Authored by: chabig on Nov 11, '10 07:49:54AM

I'm on 10.6.4 and dragging straight to an open Mail message window works perfectly for me (as does dragging to Mail's dock icon).

Something must be messed up with the way some people's systems handle the data dragged between apps. Would this be handled by Launch Services and would resetting that database help?



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