Add Images directly into a list on the fly in SP2010 (and store in central asset library)

Ever found it incredibly annoying when trying to add images into a list on the fly? (without having to go away and add them to a library first – then come back and manually add a reference).

Using SP2010’s enhanced rich text field, you can upload and add an image directly into the list without having to leave the page.

When editing the enhanced rich text field (whether editing a single item in the edit form or using the cool new ‘Inline Editing’ feature (explained here), you have the option to insert from the ‘Editing Tools’ menu.

This brings up the ‘Select Picture’ dialog where you can select a local image to upload and a library to stored the uploaded copy.

Then save the uploaded image and complete any metadata requirements.

The image is inserted into the SP list but is managed centrally within the chosen library.


A very handy feature that was missing from 2007 and I’m glad it has been addressed in 2010.

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2 thoughts on “Add Images directly into a list on the fly in SP2010 (and store in central asset library)

  1. Thanks for the article Hamish!

    One weakness though in your thinking (I’m hoping you’ll take it as a friendly challenge) – the field you’re using is a RICH TEXT field, so key SharePoint web parts like the Content Query Web Part will NOT accept an image in THIS type of field as a property when selecting column(s) for the “image” field of the CQwp…
    😦

    I’m having this very problem right now:
    – The RichText field DOES let me elegantly select & upload an image on-the-fly; BUT
    – Later when I try to configure the CQwp to accept this field as an “image” field
    (for displaying news headlines with title, image & description), the CQwp REJECTS
    my selecting this Rich Text field as a valid IMAGE field 😦

    Any suggestions for how to programmatically get this Select Image > From Computer dialog box to be invoked for an actual SharePoint “Publishing Image” type of field?

    Cheers,
    -MV

  2. Mark, I have exactly the same problem, i need to do this:
    “Any suggestions for how to programmatically get this Select Image > From Computer dialog box to be invoked for an actual SharePoint “Publishing Image” type of field?”

    Did you solve it?

    The curious thing is that, when editing a MediaField you can upload a file of media types (an image among them) via Ribbon, but with ImageField that option doesn’t appear.

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