Embedding Images

Markdown Monster can embed images using several different mechanisms:

  • Using Markdown Syntax
  • Image Dialog
  • Paste Image from Clipboard
  • Drag Images from Explorer
  • Screen Capture Addin

Using Markdown Image Syntax

When linking local content that is well known and in a relative path, it's easy to simply type the image link directly into the Markdown document:

![automated like clockwork](clockwork.jpg)

The two parameters here are the optional title and image URL respectively. Typing is easy if you're familiar with Markdown, and the image is easily referenced as a local relative link from your document.

If you need more interactive control use the Image dialog or Screen Capture tooling.

Using the Image Dialog from the Toolbar

You can click on the Image button in the Toolbar to activate the Image Dialog. Using this dialog you can add an image from a URL, from the file system or the Clipboard. If you pick from disk the image is optionally copied to the local or relative folder where the Markdown document lives. The dialog also automatically picks up clipboard images if no file is selected but an image is on the clipboard. Clipboard images can be saved to disk and embedded from here.

You can also use the Edit button to open the image in your configured editor which can be configured in the Tools -> Settings with the ImageEditor key.

Paste an Image from the Clipboard

If you have an image on the clipboard you can paste it into the document using ctrl-v. When pasted MM asks for a file name to save to - by default in the same folder as the markdown document.

Drag Image from Explorer

You can also drag an image from Explorer directly into a document. Simply pick a file in Explorer (or other Shell Explorer) and drag an image file into the editor. When the file is dropped MM prompts to save the file to disk, by default in the same location as the current document.

The Screen Capture Addin

You can also use the Screen Capture addin using the Screen Capture button on the toolbar to capture images from your screen, including mouse pointers and menus and using features like delayed captures so you can capture screen interactions like open menus and selections.

You can choose from the built in screen capture shown above, or using the built-in integration for popular SnagIt Tool from Techsmith


It's also possible to override the above two behaviors by creating an add-in that overrides the OnSaveImage() method. The method is passed either a string with a filename or a Bitmap and the add-in can then decide on how to manage the save operation. For example, you could create a save handler that automatically saves to Azure Blob storage or an Imgur image save operation.

More in a Blog Post

For a more detailed look at image saving options, see this very detailed blog post:

Getting Images into Markdown Documents and Weblog Posts with Markdown Monster

© West Wind Technologies, 2018 • Updated: 10/27/2017
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