How to Copy and Paste Pictures From Facebook to Another Program

by Alan Sembera
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Copying your pictures from Facebook to another program requires nothing more than a few Windows commands. By first copying the picture to your Windows clipboard, you can paste it to almost any other application that supports images. Once you learn the trick, you'll have an easier time managing and sharing your images outside the social network.

Step 1

Navigate to the Facebook page or Timeline containing the picture you want to copy.

Step 2

Click the picture to enlarge it in Facebook's photo viewer. This will allow you to copy the image in its full size without losing picture quality, although the file size will be bigger. You can also copy the picture in the smaller preview size, but you will only be copying a reduced version of the original picture.

Step 3

Right-click the picture and select "Copy Image" from the pop-up menu.

Step 4

Open the program in which you want to paste the image. If you are inserting the image into a document or email message, click the location where you want to insert the image.

Press "Ctrl-V" to paste the picture. If you are pasting the image into an image editing application, you may need to select "File" and then "New" before you can paste the picture.


  • You can save almost any picture from Facebook directly to your computer without the use of another program. Right-click the image and select "Save Image As." Choose a file name and folder location, and then click "Save."
  • The JPEG file format is the most popular choice for saving photographs that you plan to view on your computer or online. JPEG files retain most of the original image quality, use compression to reduce storage space, and almost all computer and Web applications support them. However, if you plan to print the photos and want the highest possible quality, use your program's native format or choose a format such as TIFF, PNG or 24-bit bitmap.


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About the Author

Alan Sembera began writing for local newspapers in Texas and Louisiana. His professional career includes stints as a computer tech, information editor and income tax preparer. Sembera now writes full time about business and technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Texas A&M University.

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