Oddly enough, you're not the first one to ask me this. I know it took me a while to figure it out when I first joined back in 2013, so don't feel too bad about needing a tutorial. (I wish someone had given me one when I first tried posting an image!) Here's what I sent to a few people for posting images directly on PA. (I may try to find a place on the Forum where this could be turned into a "sticky" post so it's always at the top and anyone can find it.)
To post an image directly onto the Forum, rather than a photo that's linked from hosting site (which can go down, or change something in their code, etc., leaving us with a dead link and no photo), when you're posting a reply or starting a new thread, once you've opened the Comments window and are typing away and are ready to insert an image into your post:
1) Click on the "Upload attachment
" button below the Comments window (lower left corner);
2) Click the "Choose File
" button and you'll get a pop-up window showing the files and folders on your computer (like when you're attaching something to an e-mail);
3) Select the image you want to post from your computer's files to highlight it, then click "Choose" once it's highlighted (double-clicking on the image will do the same thing); you'll see your file's name just to the right of the "Choose File" button;
4) Click the "Add the file
" button just to the right of your file's name;
5) At first, you won't see the "[imageid=blah-blah]" brackets in your post; to change that just click on the "Place inline
" button under the image name. This makes that "imageid" thingy visible at the beginning of your post.
Every new image you add this way will always appear at the beginning of the post. So...
6) Highlight that "imageid" bracket line and drag it to where you want it to be in your post - just like you would to relocate a sentence or anything else within your posts;
7) Then when you click on the "Preview
" button, you'll see your image in the location where you want it; (NOTE:
You'll only see your image in Preview
; if you try to use the "Save draft
" button, the software will only save your text - it will not save your image(s)
, so keep that in mind when making a post, especially if it's a long post and going to take some time to write it.);
8) Larger images will require you to scroll around to see the whole thing - you can right-click on the image and select "Open Image in New Window" to see the whole thing, but in your post people will have to scroll around to see it all - unless they also use the right-click/New Window method;
9) Then when you're done writing your post, just click the "Submit
" button and your post will go through with all the images in it, and it should look just like it did in "Preview".
That's pretty much it. I know it looks like a lot, but once you do it a couple of times it will become second nature and you'll be posting images without even thinking about the steps.
I hope this helps. I think this will be of help to others - veteran members as well as newbies - so I'll definitely try to make it a "Sticky Post" so it will always be the first topic in one of the Sections, like the IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Section since that Section's description says "If there's anything posted here, it's something to do with the forum or the site which is both vitally important and really interesting!"
. (That actually sounds like the perfect place to put this. Maybe I should just, as God poking out from the clouds in "Monty Python And The Holy Grail" said: "Get on with it!"