Attaching Images to a Post without Inserting Them

There are some themes that ask you to upload images to a Post but not to insert them or to create a gallery. This can be counter-intuitive so here are some step by step instructions for doing this.

Create a new Post or Page or navigate to the Post or Page you wish to edit. Then click on the “Add Media” button.

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This will open a new window: Insert Media. To add an image you have not previously used, click Upload Files. You can either drag an image into the drop area, or click Select Files, and chose an image from your computer. You can add multiple images at a one time.

(Note: To attach images to a Post you cannot choose an image uploaded to another Post. Images must be uploaded to the particular Post.)

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Once you’ve chosen your image, it should appear as a thumbnail, with a blue box around it. You can now enter any details that you would like to accompany the image.  Under Attachment Details along the right side, fill in the image’s details, such as title, caption, and description. This information will appear with the image depending on how your theme is designed. Be sure to read your theme instructions carefully.

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Close the image uploader by clicking the “X” in the upper right hand corner. (This is the counter-intuitive part). Do not click “Insert into Post”. The images because they have been uploaded to this Post are now attached to the Post and the images will be displayed according to your theme’s design.

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Be sure to click “Update” or “Publish” to save changes. Check the Post or Page to view the changed order.

Ordering Images with the 3.5+ Image Uploader

To re-order images click the Add Media button.

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Choose “Uploaded to this post” from the drop-down list. Make sure that you are looking at the Media Library screen and not the Upload Files screen.

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The screen won’t look all that different, but only images in the post will appear.

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Next, drag and drop the images to re-order them.

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Close the image uploader by clicking the “X” in the upper right hand corner.

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Be sure to click “Update” or “Publish” to save changes. Check the Post or Page to view the changed order.

Deleting Images from the Media Library in Bulk

Sometimes you will want to delete images more than one at a time.

Go to your Media Library by clicking the Media button in the left hand menu.

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Find the images you would like to delete, and check their check-box to the left. Choose as many as you would like.

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Choose “Delete Permanently” from the drop-down list.

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Then click “Apply”.

Note: Please be careful. Images will be deleted without a warning message and cannot be undone. The image files will be deleted from your site. If you have mistakenly deleted images you will have to re-upload them.

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