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Google Docs uses a 'web clipboard' approach for cut and paste that works very well so long as the paste target is another Google doc. However, I don't know how to easily copy an image from the Google web clipboard to my local clipboard so that it can be pasted into a local document.

At this point, I have discovered two kludgey ways to do this:

  1. File->Download as a Microsoft Office formatted file, open the file, copy image to clipboard
  2. Capture screen area to clipboard with command+control+shift+4

Both have obvious workflow or quality cons. Is there a better way?

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Triple-click the image (or Select All) to select it and then you can right-click it and "Copy Image". Then you can paste it wherever you'd like.

EDIT The key is getting the browser's native right-click context menu instead of the Google Docs context menu.

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Didn't work on my mac. Where is the documentation for the triple click? –  Vitek Dec 8 '13 at 15:48
Triple-clicking should just select the raw information on the page, instead of selecting the image "inside the Google doc". The key is to access the browser's native right-click menu, not the custom Google Doc right-click menu. Positioning the cursor next to the image and then selecting all should also do the trick. –  pattern86 Dec 9 '13 at 23:46
Got it, thanks! I was using Presentations where there is no triple-click. Works like a charm in Documents. I hope they add that to Presentations soon. –  Vitek Dec 11 '13 at 2:15
Got it, thanks! I was using Presentations where there is no triple-click. Works like a charm in Documents. I asked this question a few weeks before Google Drive launched and effectively narrowed the definition of "Google Docs". Accepting as the correct answer. Thanks! –  Vitek Dec 11 '13 at 2:24
Doesn't seem to work anymore, I can see some difference in the way it is selected after a triple click, but I can't get the browser's native context menu. –  haridsv Mar 24 at 6:47
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If you are using Chrome you can install a Google Docs add on and then cut and paste from docs to a desktop application like word - when copying/cutting from the apps document you must use Ctrl C or X. The first time you try and do this in Chrome it should ask if you want to install the add-on.

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Can you be more specific on the add-on to install? I did a quick search and didn't see anything that syncs the google docs web clipboard with the local clipboard. Specifically, I was looking for a simple way to copy (Command-C) an image from a google doc, and paste (command-V) it into a local application like MS Word or Powerpoint. –  Vitek Dec 8 '13 at 15:50
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