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There are several ways you can add pictures to your posts, replies and personal messages.

# 1. BASIC ATTACHING
The first option is to attach pics to the post, but not to put them inside the body of the post. Here are the steps.



  1. First, put the pictures you wish to attach into an easily located file. Give them descriptive names. That helps those who read your posts to know what the pictures are.
  2. Bring up the first page of the board upon which you want to make your post. Click on the box above “Subject” that says “New Thread”. Or click on “Reply” if you want to reply to another post and provide pictures to illustrate the points you make in your response.
  3. When the new page comes up, ready for you to write…and post pictures…you can either complete your writing first or attach pictures first…referring to them by name as you write your post or response.
  4. To attach pictures, first move your cursor down to the “Browse” box…just under the text box. Click on “Browse” and a menu will come up for all of the files on your computer.
  5. Scroll through the folders until you find the one containing the picture(s) you want to attach. Double click on the (first) one you want to attach…or single click to highlight the name of the picture and then click on “Open”. The file name will appear in the box beside the “Browse” button.
  6. DO NOT CHECK THE INLINE BOX…if you are just attaching files and do not want them displayed in the body of the text.
  7. Click on “Upload Attachment”. The name of your attachment/picture will appear at the bottom of your text.
  8. Repeat steps 4 through 7 for as many pictures as you wish to attach.
  9. When you have completed attaching pictures and writing your text, click on the “Post Message” box. Your text will be on top and the links to the attached pictures will be on the bottom.



# 2. ATTACH, COPY, PASTE



If the pictures you attach are less than 450 pixels wide, you can insert them inside the body of the post after you attach them…without using the “Inline” function. There may be times when you want to keep the attachments visible in the post, to copy and paste them into other posts later. To insert pictures using this method, follow these steps:
1. First, check the sizing on the pictures you wish to insert into the body of your post…no more than 450 pixels wide.
2. Follow steps 1 – 9 in method #1…to attach the pictures.
3. Click on the link to the photo you wish to insert, to display the photo.
4. Right click on the photo to bring up a menu.
5. Left click on “Copy” and “Back Arrow” back to your post. You will have “captured” the picture, ready to “paste” it wherever you want in your post.
6. Click on the “Edit” button on your post, to bring the post back up as if you were writing it for the first time.
7. Put the arrow where you want the picture to go, and left click to put the cursor there. It is good to downspace at least one or two spaces first.
8. Right click at that spot…to bring up a menu.
9. Left click on “Paste” and your picture will appear.
10. Click on the “Post Changes” button and your post will reappear with the picture in place.
11. You can repeat for other pictures…or you can keep two windows open…one for your original post and one for the “Edit” version. You can go back and forth…opening, copying and pasting pics into the edit versio. Just be sure you concentrate and do not forget which window you are in. It is a good idea to do only a few at a time and then save your changes if you have a lot of pics to post.


# 3. INLINE PICTURES



There is another option for including your pictures within the body of the text, for easier viewing. Formerly, you had to resize the pics to a maximum of 450 pixels in width. With our new format, you can attach pics of any size and they will be automatically resized to appear in the post. Here are the steps:




  1. If possible, crop and size all of the pictures you plan to insert into the body of the text so that they are no wider than 450 pixels. If you can't, don't worry. But, the larger the pics, the more difficult to add text around them in the editing mode. They show up full size, even though they will resize when posted.
  2. Second, put the pictures you wish to attach into an easily located file. Give them descriptive names. That helps you to find them easier when inserting them, so that you can properly position them within the text.
  3. Bring up the first page of the forum upon which you want to make your post. Click on the box above “Subject” that says “New Thread”. Or click on “Reply” if you want to reply to another post and provide pictures to illustrate the points you make in your response.
  4. When the new page comes up, ready for your post…and pictures…you may wish to attach pictures first. This will allow you to insert the pictures into the text as you write. But, you have the option of writing your post first and adding pictures later.
  5. To attach pictures, first move your cursor down to the “Browse” box…just under the text box. Click on “Browse” and a menu will come up for all of the files on your computer.
  6. Scroll through the folders until you find the one containing the (presized) picture(s) you want to attach. Double click on the (first) one you want to attach…or single click to highlight the name of the picture and then click on “Open”. The file name will appear in the box beside the “Browse” button.
  7. CHECK THE “INLINE” BOX. This is necessary for you to be able to insert the pictures inside the text area later.
  8. Click on “Upload Attachment”. The name of your attachment/picture will appear at the bottom of your text. You should verify that the Inline feature is checked.
  9. Repeat steps 5 through 8 in Method # 1 for as many pictures as you wish to attach. However, if you have more than 4 pictures, you may want to just attach them.
  10. Before, during or after composing text, you can bring the pictures into the text area. Some prefer to add pics first, and then write the copy around them. Others prefer to write the copy and then to insert pics at chosen spots. Still others prefer to attach all the pics first, and then insert them at the appropriate points as they write the narrative.
  11. The first critical step to bringing INLINE pictures into the post is to place your cursor at the point where you want the picture to appear. Put the arrow at the desired point and left click to locate the cursor. (It is wise to create a couple of spaces between the lines of copy.)
  12. Next, go to the editing toolbar (just above the text area). Look for the square box on the far right of the second row of buttons. Place your cursor over it. It will read “Insert Image”.


13. Left click “Insert Image” once to bring up a menu box. Click on the “Inline Attachment” option. The menu box will change to show your single inline picture…or a list of all the pictures you have checked for inline.


14. Click first on the picture you wish to place inside…wherever you have the cursor placed. Then click on “OK”. Like magic, your inline picture will appear at the chosen spot.
15. Double space down to begin typing other text or to add another picture.
16. When all text and pictures have been added to your post, click the “Post Message” button.

Note: The list of pictures which have been checked “Inline” will not appear at the bottom of your post, as they will if you do NOT have them checked. However, if you click on your “Edit” button, you will see them. This allows you to remove them or uncheck them in edit mode.

# 4. COPY & PASTE FROM WEBSITES


One of the cool things about the Internet is that once a file (picture) has a URL address, you can copy and paste it into almost any other website with just a couple of clicks of the mouse. We can do that on BFT with pictures both from our own forums and from other websites. Here’s how:

FROM BFT FORUMS: Let’s say you see a picture someone else has posted…or you want to copy one from one of your own posts. If the picture is less than 450 pixels wide, you can copy and paste the picture by just right clicking on the picture…clicking on “Copy”…then going to the spot you want to place it…right click for the menu…click on “Paste”…and it is done.

If the BFT picture is an attachment, and too wide to post inside the body of the post, you can simply copy the picture link at the bottom of the post and paste it into your new post.

FROM OTHER WEBSITES: First, you must be aware of the potential liability for unauthorized copying and publication of copyrighted pictures. Even though pictures are routinely “accommodated” by folks all the time, it is not always lawful. At the very least you need to give credit to the source of any picture you copy from another location.

Also, if you plan to copy and paste a picture directly into a BFT post, you need to first check to see that it is no wider than 450 pixels. You do that by right clicking on the picture and then clicking on “Properties”. If the picture is under 450 pixels wide, then right click on it again…click on “Copy”…then leave the website where you found the picture.

Now, either start a new post or go to the post you want to put the “hijacked” picture into. Once the post is started, and is in editing mode, place the cursor wherever you want the picture…right click…and then click on “Paste”. Ta daaaaaa.

(This post was edited by wiperhunter2 on May 6, 2017, 7:33 PM)