Ever wanted to copy an image from your Chromebook’s Files app and paste it into Gmail or Google Doc?
You are not alone.
You will see plenty of users asking for this feature in the official Chromebook forum. This is not something that you can do at the moment on a Chromebook.
This, however, might change soon.
Enable Copy Images from Files App
A flag that I spotted today talks about adding a new flag, “Enable Copy Images from Files App” which will bring this feature to Chromebooks.
“Enable Copy Images from Files App: Enables the file manager to copy images selected to the system clipboard”
Here is what the code change comment says about this feature:
“Add a ChromeOS Feature Flag to Support Copying Images to the Clipboard.”
The feature request bug is available publicly:
“For image files in Files app, add a function to copy the image data directly to the clipboard so the image can be pasted elsewhere (ex. doc, email, etc.)”
Copy image to Gmail, Google Docs, and More
When this feature is ready, you will be able to copy images from your Chromebook file manager and paste them into different applications.
This saves those additional steps like clicking the attach icon and browsing through your files to upload the photo or screenshot.
This is a feature that I would love to have. Something that I hope the current feature develops into.
It will be really useful if I can do this on a Chromebook too. I take plenty of screenshots and upload them to articles here. Imagine how much time I can save by simply pasting the image into the editor?
As with all experimental features, this is a very early stage to make predictions. However, this will be a really useful feature when it becomes available.
Chrome OS has a Shared Clipboard project which could make this wonderful if integrated.
Let me know your thoughts on this feature in the comments section.