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How to Save a Picture to Your Computer?

Tammy Winters is an online article writer and Website Designer. When she isn't making money online, she is a State Home-care Worker.


Saving a photo to your computer without having to scan, load or plugin anything!

Many people online already know how to save a photo or image to their computers. This article is designed for everybody who is new to uploading, saving and sharing images online. It is unbelievable how there are some things that are so simple, they become difficult. Simple instructions and how to's can be very complex to someone who has no experience.

Are all images online free? The answer is no, not all images online are free to use. This article on how to use images legally on your website or blog may be a great read for some. How did my friend get my picture without me giving it to her? These are just a couple of questions that arise when somebody is new to saving photos to their computer. Not everybody is as experienced and knowledgeable about computers than others. Getting basic computer help may be difficult. With the Internet educating others, computer help questions have no limit.

Uploading photos from your camera and or cell phone is a time consuming process for many. There is a simple and stress free method of saving images and photos to your computer. If you plan on working online this method will come in handy when you want to save and share your personal and business photos online.

After reading this article, many will say "Duh, I already knew that" or they will say "wow that article will really help me"! For those who already know this method, share your knowledge with others who do not know the things you do.

Use your computer Mouse to save images to your computer!

Save photos from the internet to your computer by using your computer mouse. You can right click on just about any image via the internet and save and use that photo or image.If you like and want to have a friend's photo via the internet, ask and then save it to your computer. As silly as this may sound, I freaked out when I saw that my friend had my photo on her profile. I was thinking, how did she get that photo without me giving it to her? She simply right clicked on my photo and saved it to her computer. I was stunned and then tried it myself, it really worked.

Be careful of photo copy right laws. You can't just go steal images online. You have to get permission from the owner of the photo. "Give credit where credit is due" is a phrase I have heard several times when I use images online. There are many websites that offer free photos for you to use. Even if it states "Free photo" or "Free Images", you need to list the website url where the photo was taken from. Copy right laws are a serious matter and there is no way of getting away with stealing others work.

If you are an online article writer and you upload images to your work, make sure you display the place that you got your free or purchased pictures. There is a website and example below.

How to save a picture to your Macbook?

To save a photo to your Macbook follow these steps:

  1. Go to the web page where the photo is at.
  2. Open the context window by holding down the control key on your keyboard.
  3. While holding the control key, click on the image you want to save.
  4. The menu or context window should popup and give you a list of options. One of those options is "save image to downloads". choose that option and you now have that image saved to your downloads folder on your Macbook.
  5. Some Mac books allow you to also just right click the image by hitting the right side of your track pad button.

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lana bray on July 15, 2013:

i need how to make my computer work for me for dummies~ty

keshav jyoti on August 19, 2012:

how i can save all the photo of my camera in the internet,so that if computer need to scan then also my all data or photo will be safe.

Tammy Winters (author) from Oregon on September 03, 2011:

When you choose save as, type photo name.jpg and that will save as jpeg.

Betty on August 29, 2011:

when I right click & save as the picture is saved as htm instead of jpeg... how can I change it?? Please help!

Tammy Winters (author) from Oregon on October 20, 2010:

@lilylover, You should be able to purchase a usb cord and hook it to your camera and the other end to your computer. Then go into control panel to cameras and set up your camera software. You should be able to download your photos to your computer. Your camera handbook should give detailed instructions. I hope this helps you.

lilylover on October 20, 2010:

A few months ago I bought a GE digital camera....well it takes beautiful pictures, but I have never been able to transfer the pictures from the camera to anything, How can I get the pitures on the memory card so I can develop them

Thank you for your time and explaination, lilylover

Ben on August 26, 2010:

To Untrained: Just do a SEARCH using the criteria (WithOUT Quote Marks) search for "*.bmp, *.jp*, *.gif".

In computerese, * means anything. It is a wild card. so the command above asks the computer to search for (any file).bmp (Bitmap), (Any file).jpg (or jpe) JPEG, a photography file type, and (any file).gif Graphic Interchange Format. The list will take a long time to compile, and you will have to scroll through many iterations of icons and backgrounds, but you should be able to find them. Have paper & pencil, write down where they are, and use My Computer to move them to the My Pictures directory. They will then be easy to find. Good luck, Untrained, be patient, and you won't be untrained forever.

Tammy Winters (author) from Oregon on July 17, 2010:

@crazykid82 If your yahoo picture was uploaded by you and your computer, then the yahoo photo should be on your computer already. You should go to your face page and upload it there the same way you did for your yahoo photo. If you need more help please let me know.

crazykid82 on July 13, 2010:

i need help, how do i take my yahoo picture and put them on to my face page

Tammy Winters (author) from Oregon on June 17, 2010:

Stefani, your photo should now be saved to your images on your computer. You now need to find the photos folder and find the picture. Let me know if you have troubles finding your folder, I can walk you through the process.

Stefani on May 20, 2010:

I right click and press save picture as and nothing happens. The tool bar disappears and nothing happens. Now what?

Tammy Winters (author) from Oregon on April 03, 2010:

Furious, once you plug your camera in, your pictures should download to your computer.("Recognizing new hardware") This article title is how to save a picture to my computer, not how to get pictures off of a camera. My digital camera had a disk that downloaded the program to my computer and then I saved the pictures using the recommended program.

FURIOUIS on March 31, 2010:


untrained on October 13, 2009:

I discovered that pictures that I had right clicked, copied

and pasted to my wordpad had been saved in a different of my computer BUT now I can not find that area of my


When I right clicked copied and pasted these photos to my wordpad, I printed the photos, then, I did NOT save to my


I have Windows XP.

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