Quickly upload photos to Facebook by pasting the image URL

Forget downloading and re-uploading images from the Web to Facebook. Your meme-posting and photo-sharing just got a whole lot easier.

How many times have you downloaded a picture from the Web, only to re-upload it to Facebook? With the number of meme images showing up in the News Feed lately, this time-consuming task is probably happening more than ever.

George Takei, this tip is for you.

Reddit user Markesh revealed recently that pictures you find on the Web can quickly be uploaded to Facebook by copying and pasting the image URL in the Upload Photo dialog box.

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Here's the step-by-step:

  1. In your browser, right-click the image you want to upload and select "Copy image URL." (The exact wording may vary on any given browser.)
  2. Head to Facebook and click Add Photo/Video. Click Upload Photo/Video.
  3. Click Choose File, and in the dialog box, in the field next to "File name" paste the image URL. Click Open, and you're set! All that's left to do is write a clever caption and post the image.

This may be a Windows-specific function, but we'll update you if an OS X solution is found. Meanwhile, we're crossing our fingers in hopes that Facebook integrates this URL upload option in its platform.

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Sharon Profis is a CNET How To expert who cooks up DIY projects, in-depth guides, and little-known tricks that help you get the most out of your tech. During her four years at CNET, she's covered social media, funky gadgets, and has shared her tech knowledge on CBS and other news outlets.


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