If I right click an image in Chrome and select "copy image", and then paste it in Gmail it pastes the URL. If I paste elsewhere, e.g., in GDocs or a desktop app it pastes the image.

(Googling turns up much discussion, but only ugly & indirect solutions which generally work by pasting somewhere else and then re-copying. I'm using the latest Mac version of Chrome.)

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Either copy the image itself or use the "Insert photo" tool to paste the image from the URL.

compose window with "insert photo" icon circled

"insert photo" dialog with "insert by web address (URL)" tab active

  • I mistyped: I'm selecting "copy image" not "copy URL". I've edited my question, thanks for catching the typo. You may want to delete your answer.
    – tog22
    Mar 16, 2017 at 19:49
  • Or you could edit it to describe 'Insert photo' as a workaround. It is the least ugly workaround I've seen so far, but of course it'd be best to have the intended functionality where you can paste directly, which seems to work in some other browser/OS combos.
    – tog22
    Mar 16, 2017 at 19:51
  • "Copy image" and paste works just fine in Chrome for Windows. If this is endemic to the Mac, Ask Different may be a better place for your question.
    – ale
    Mar 16, 2017 at 19:54

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