Recently I was asked about the process for including photos in Soapbox posts. I figured why not post it up here so everyone can benefit? It’s as quick and easy as making links in your post once you know the process.
It’s important to note that the pictures that can be added to Soapbox posts must already be hosted online somewhere. This is distinctly different from say, attaching a file that is saved on your computer to an email. In order to get a picture that is currently on the internet onto the Soapbox you need only find it’s URL. For that reason I suggest that the process is very much like making a link in your post. Let’s go through the process step by step.
1) Click the Insert/edit image button on the post tool bar. The tool bar is located directly above the “Post” text entry field and directly below the “Title” text entry field. Within the tool bar, the Insert/edit image button is found near the middle, a little off to the right. The button looks like a little green tree with a blue horizon in the back ground.
2) The “Insert/edit image” Window will appear.
3) The first entry field is called “Image URL:”. Copy and Paste your photo’s URL into this field.
4) Use the second field “Image description:” to title your picture. Something simple like “Smith’s School of English (location) BBQ” for example.
5) Choose an “Alignment:” option. Try out many different options to position the picture where you want it. You can always delete the picture and reposition it until you find the look you want.
6)Press the “Insert” button located in the lower right of the “Insert/edit image” Window.
You’re done! Congratulations. You’ve inserted a picture into your soapbox post. It’s beauty will increase your post’s word count by at least 1000.
Tips on finding an image’s URL:
You have to be careful to get the URL of the image you wish to include only (not the entire website and all its text…yikes!).
1) Find the picture you want to post on a website.
2) Right click the image.
3) Select “View Image”
4) The page will change to a view of only the image. The web address in the address bar is the image’s URL. This is what you want to copy and paste.
When looking for images of something specific (like a red tricycle) I often use a Google.com image search. When you go to Google.com look to the upper left corner of the page. There are many small links: Web Images Maps News Shopping Gmail more ▼ . By clicking on “Images” Google will shift slightly and will only return search results that are pictures!
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