How do I create a copy of a picture?

Updated: 12/31/2017 by Computer Hope

Creating a duplicate of a picture file can be done without needing a specialized software program. To proceed, click a link below for the type of operating system installed on your computer.

Microsoft Windows Users

How do I create a copy of a picture?

To create a duplicate copy of a picture file in Microsoft Windows, follow the steps below.

  1. Navigate to the location where the picture file is stored on your computer.
  2. With your mouse, right-click the file.
  3. From the drop-down menu that appears, select the Copy option.
  4. Move your mouse cursor to the empty space under the picture file or navigate to the folder of your choice. Right-click again and select Paste.
  5. If the process works correctly, you should see a second version of the original file with the word Copy in it.
Tip

In Windows, the shortcut key combinations for copy and paste are Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V respectively.

Apple macOS Users

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To create a duplicate copy of a picture file in Apple macOS, follow the steps below.

  1. Navigate to the location where the picture file is stored on your computer.
  2. Press and hold the Option key.
  3. Click the picture file you want to copy and drag it to the desired location.
  4. Release both the Option key and your mouse button.
  5. If the process works correctly, you should see a second version of the original file.
Tip

In macOS, the shortcut key combinations for copy and paste are Command + C and Command + V respectively.