How to Copy and Paste Images on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Copying and pasting images on a Mac is a simple yet powerful feature that allows you to quickly transfer images between different applications or even within the same application. In this tutorial, we will explore the various methods available to copy and paste images on your Mac.

Method 1: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, this method is for you. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Select the image you want to copy by clicking and dragging over it.
  2. Step 2: Press Command + C to copy the image to your clipboard.
  3. Step 3: Navigate to the destination where you want to paste the image.
  4. Step 4: Press Command + V to paste the image from your clipboard.

Method 2: Using Mouse or Trackpad

If keyboard shortcuts are not your thing, you can also use your mouse or trackpad to copy and paste images. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Click and hold the left mouse button (or trackpad) on the image you want to copy.
  2. Step 2: While holding down the button, drag the image to select it.
  3. Step 3: Release the mouse button (or trackpad) once the image is selected.
  4. Step 4: Right-click on the selected image and choose “Copy” from the context menu.
  5. Step 5: Move to the desired location and right-click again.
  6. Step 6: Select “Paste” from the context menu to paste the image.

Method 3: Using Preview App

If you want more control over the copied image, you can use the Preview app. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Open the image you want to copy in the Preview app.
  2. Step 2: Click on “Edit” in the menu bar and select “Copy”.
  3. Step 3: Navigate to where you want to paste the image.
  4. Step 4: Click on “Edit” again and choose “Paste” from the dropdown menu.


  • You can also use these methods to copy and paste images between different applications like Keynote, Pages, or even email clients like Mail.
  • Pasting an image into an application that doesn’t support images will result in pasting as a file icon or a placeholder instead of an actual image.

Now that you know these techniques, copying and pasting images on your Mac will be a breeze! Whether you prefer keyboard shortcuts or using your mouse/trackpad, choose the method that suits your workflow best. Happy copying!

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