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Say I go to a page on eBay (but this applies to any or at least many websites, so it's not eBay specific) and I want to view pictures and save them..

I move my mouse over to the pic I right click, and there's no way I can currently see to copy the image URL and no way to save the image. 'Save as' brings up a webpage save.

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Looks like some JavaScript sorcery is preventing you from saving an image that you clearly see!

In Google Chrome, you can use a workaround in Developer Tools (CtrlShiftI or Tools >> Developer Tools) to capture the images as they are being downloaded.

  1. In Developer Tools, choose the "Network" tab.
  2. Select the "Images" filter at the bottom.
  3. Reload the page.
  4. Scroll through the images captured and find the one(s) that you want.

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It could also be CSS: a floating, transparent div element could be between your mouse and the image. –  iglvzx Jun 6 '12 at 7:32
True, but in this site's case, I checked the source code, and the image isn't under a transparent <div> at its expected location, so I think it has to be some JavaScript. –  Deltik Jun 6 '12 at 7:35
Nicely done. IE doesn't have the problem with the javascript, maybe just Chrome. –  barlop Jun 6 '12 at 8:07
@barlop This is not a Chrome bug, it's obviously an IE bug. The intention of the Javascript is that the image URL can't be copied that easily. –  slhck Jun 6 '12 at 8:17
@Deltik Look closer! Below the <div> that contains the <img>, there is another <div style="height:498px;width:498px;">. If you delete this element, you can save/copy the image as usual. But I agree, the Network tab will always show all images. –  iglvzx Jun 6 '12 at 8:27
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  • If you are using firefox, try CTRL+I and it will open page info, then look for the image url and copy it in your address bar. It will load just the image.
  • Or You can use firebug instead.
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You could try drag and drop of the image to your desktop (or other folder). The image file is copied automatically.

If all fails, a simple: ALT+Print Screen will capture your active window.

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+1 "You could try drag and drop of the image to your desktop (or other folder). The image file is copied automatically." Nicely done. it's not copying the link but still fantastic! –  barlop Jun 6 '12 at 8:47
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