How to Copy to the Clipboard and Use Images on Chrome OS

When saving an image on Chrome OS devices such as Chromebooks there’s a quick way of copying it to the clipboard for direct use.

In the notification that appears when saving the image, click the button for copying to the clipboard. This way you can immediately use the image without reloading it from the local storage. For example, pasting the image into Gmail’s message composition window, in the post editor of an online discussion board, in a conversation of a messaging app, or in the content editor of nearly any platform that supports attaching images.

Chrome OS notification for saving an image with the option for copying it to the clipboard
The Chrome OS notification for saving an image with the option for copying it to the clipboard. I took the screenshot on my Chromebox, which I use in Italian.


Chrome OS issues these notifications every time an app or extension saves an image. For example when saving images from the browser or a photo editor, or capturing and annotating screenshots.

If you copy an image to the clipboard, the image file is still saved to the local storage in the Downloads folder. So be sure to review the folder from time to time to decide whether you still need to keep the files around.

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