The Upload/Insert Window Tabs

When you click any of the four icons on the Upload/Insert menu and the window pops up, you see tabs at the top of the window, and in this lesson, you learn the details of using each. Briefly, here's what they do in order, from left to right:

  • From Computer: This is for uploading media files from your computer.
  • From URL: This is for creating links to media files elsewhere on the Web.
  • Gallery: This displays a list of every media file (not just images) that is attached to this post. That is, they were either uploaded through this post, or attached to it through the Media Library. This Gallery tab is also used to insert a thumbnail list of all images (what I'm calling an “image gallery”) into the post.
  • Media Library: This is for inserting any files listed in your Media Library.

The following sections cover each of these tabs in some detail.


Because the From Computer tab is the one you'll use the most, and it's the default tab when the window opens, let's start with it, as shown in Figure 12-1.

You're told to Choose Files to Upload and the good news is that it really does mean files, so you can process many files at one time instead of having to choose them one by one.

After locating your file and clicking the Upload button, you'll see a progress bar telling you that WordPress is “crunching” the file. I'll explain later what that means. If you're uploading several files at once, each will have its own progress bar running simultaneously. ...

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