"How to" Guideline series is coordinated by Helen
Mongan-Rallis of the Education Department at the University of Minnesota
Duluth. If you have any questions, comments,
or suggestions to improve these guidelines please me at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Copy and Save Images from the Internet
Guidelines developed by Helen Rallis
To capture an image off the Internet, follow these steps:
- Click and hold (Mac) or right mouse click (PC) on on of the images below
until a dialog box appears.
- If you are using Internet Explorer, select "Download image to disk."
If you are using Netscape, select "Save this image as."
- A box pops up asking you where you want to save the image to. Navigate to
the folder in which you want to keep your images.
- Usually you'll want to rename the image, giving it a name that will make
sense to you a few months down the line. In the "Save image as"
box, change the name of the picture to the name you have chosen. If you intend
to use the image on a web page, make sure there are no spaces in the name
- If you are working on a Mac, also make sure that the name you choose ends
in .jpg (if you are using a PC it will automatically insert this extension
- Click on the "save" button. You now have an identical copy!
Important: Don't steal!
It is unethical to steal images from other people's web pages, just as it is
to "steal" their words (plagiarism). If you are using an image for
educational or personal purposes it is usually acceptable to copy images off
the Internet provided that you state the source of the image. A simple way to
do this is to keep a list of the names of the images and the URLs of the pages
from which they came. To do this:
- Open a new document (e.g. in MS Word or using some web authoring software
such as Dreamweaver or Netscape Composer).
- Type a heading such as "List of images and image sources."
- Type in the name of the first image.
- Then go to the web page from which you took the image --> highlight the
URL --> from the edit menu select "copy" --> then come back
to your list of images and next to the name of the image --> go toe the
edit menu and select "paste." You now have the name of the image
and its source. If the name of the person who took the image is given on the
page from which you took the image, then record that information too. (Example:
icegrassclose.jpg - Copied from http://www.d.umn.edu/~hrallis/guides/SampleImagesGuide.html)
- Save the list in the same folder in which you keep the images.
- When you use an image in a document, underneath or close to the image insert
a note that says something to the effect of "This image was copied from
(insert the page URL)."
Keep adding to your list as you add images to your folder. Get into the habit
of always recording the source of the images you copy so that if you use them
you can give credit to the source.
Copy the images below. Follow the direction above so that you:
- Create a folder for your images.
- Download the images below into this folder, giving each a new name.
- Create a document and record the names and source of the pictures.
- Save this document into the same folder as the images.
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