How to save photos on your MacBook

How to save photos on your MacBook
How to save photos on your MacBook
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You can save images in messages, documents, or web pages to your MacBook. Usually, all you have to do is control-click it and then select a "Save" option.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Use the context menu

Save Pictures to Your MacBook Step 1

Step 1. Display the photo you want to save

Open the message, document, or web page that contains the photo you want to save on your MacBook.

Not all web pages allow you to save or download the images they contain. For example, it is not possible to download images from the Instagram website

Save Pictures to Your MacBook Step 2

Step 2. Open the image if necessary

If the image is in thumbnail format (as it is in Google search results), you will need to click on it first to view it in full screen.

Some images (such as those in articles) are used as links to other pages. If you see a new page appear when you click on it, click the Back button on your browser to return to the previous page

Save Pictures to Your MacBook Step 3

Step 3. Place your mouse pointer over the image

Your mouse pointer should be over the image you want to save.

Save Pictures to Your MacBook Step 4

Step 4. Open the context menu

Press and hold the Control key, click the image, and release the key. You will see a context menu appear on or next to the image.

  • You must keep the Control button pressed for the duration of the process, otherwise the menu will not appear.
  • On some MacBooks, you can long-click the image to bring up the pop-up window.
  • You can also right-click the image by pressing two fingers on the trackpad on your Mac or by pressing the right side of the trackpad on some MacBooks.
Save Pictures to Your MacBook Step 5

Step 5. Click Save Image to Downloads

This option is in the context menu and allows you to download the photo to the downloaded files folder on your Mac. This folder is literally called Downloads.

  • If you are using a browser other than Safari, you can click Save Image As, then enter a name and specify a specific download location before starting the download.
  • You can open the Downloads folder by opening Finder (the blue app icon in the shape of a face) and then clicking Downloads in the left part of the window.
  • If you have set another folder as the downloaded files folder on your Mac (for example the desktop), you will find your image in that folder.

Method 2 of 2: Using Drag and Drop

Save Pictures to Your MacBook Step 6

Step 1. Go to the photo you want to save

Open the message, document, or web page that contains the photo you want to save on your MacBook.

Not all web pages allow saving or downloading of images. This is the case with Instagram, for example

Save Pictures to Your MacBook Step 7

Step 2. Open the image if necessary

If the image is in thumbnail format (for example on a Google search result), you will need to click on it first to open it full screen.

Some images, such as those sometimes found in articles, serve as links to other pages. If clicking on it opens a new page, click your browser's Back button to return to the original image

Save Pictures to Your MacBook Step 8

Step 3. Resize your browser window

Click the yellow circle at the top left of the window that contains the image to reduce the window size and display your Mac's desktop.

Save Pictures to Your MacBook Step 9

Step 4. Drag the photo to your desktop

Long-click on the image with your mouse pointer and then drag it from your browser window onto the desktop.

You should see a transparent version of the image appear when you drag it

Save Pictures to Your MacBook Step 10

Step 5. Remove your finger

When you see a + white in a green circle appear above the photo thumbnail, lift your finger from the mouse to move the image to your desktop.

Advice

  • If you come across a photo that cannot be saved, you can still take a screenshot of that photo.
  • Creating folders on your computer is the best way to organize your photos to make them easier to find.
  • Rename your photos when you save them. This will make it easier for you to find them when you want to locate them on your Mac.

Warnings

  • Never use other people's photos in your own content without their express written permission.
  • Some photos cannot be downloaded from their web pages or sources.

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