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How to save files, photos, and attachments in Messages to your device

Save an Attachment in Messages on iPhone

The nice thing about Messages is that you can send more than texts. You can share photos or images and files or documents. And while you may be receiving one just for a quick look, it might be something you want to save.

It could be a photo of a faraway family member, a contract, an estimate for work, an invoice, a receipt, or something similar. These types of attachments are worth saving and maybe even necessary.

Here, we’ll show you how to save files, photos, and other attachments in Messages to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

New to iPhone? How to crop a photo on iOS

While many people have no problem editing their photos, some are not as familiar. You snap a photo or capture a screenshot and use it as-is. So if you’ve never cropped a photo on your iPhone, we’re here to help.

Maybe you want to cut out what’s behind your subject or just grab the most important part of the picture. Cropping a photo is pretty easy and you have options to do it freeform or select a size to fit your purpose. Here, we’ll walk you through how to crop a photo on your iPhone.

How to change the key frame for a Live Photo on iOS and Mac

Make Key Photo for a Live Photo on iPhone

Whether you take advantage of Live Photos a little or a lot, these are great ways to capture memories. They’re like mini video clips that bring moments to life. But while Live Photos sit in your album in the Photos app, they display as a still shot.

Here, we’ll show you how to change that key photo; the still image key frame that displays before you open the Live Photo. And we’ll explain how to do it on iPhone, iPad, and Mac so you’re covered no matter what you’d like to make the change.

How to crop an image on your Mac

Crop an Image on Mac with Preview

You can crop an image to remove something in the background, delete someone in the foreground, or just rid the photo of extra stuff you don’t want. And if you own a Mac, it can be much easier to edit images than on your iPhone’s smaller screen.

Luckily, you don’t need any fancy software or an app to do simple things to an image on your Mac. Here, we’ll show you how to use your Mac’s built-in tools to crop an image: Preview, Photos, and Quick Look.

How to view and recover previous versions of images and PDFs in Preview

Preview Browse Previous Versions on Mac

As you probably know, Preview on Mac automatically saves changes you make to an image or PDF file. While most times this is benefit, it can also be a detriment. You can create a duplicate before you start working on the file, but if you forget, then you’ve just changed the original. And this isn’t always what you want.

At the same time, you may make several changes that you decide you don’t want to use after all. But again, you’ve changed and saved the file already.

Here, we’ll show you how to view and recover previous versions of PDFs and images in Preview. This allows you to go back and grab an earlier version to use or copy.

How to extract photos and images from Pages, Word, Excel, and more

Word Save as Picture on Mac

Have you ever received or downloaded a document that you wanted to grab an image from? It could be your company logo in a Pages document, photo of a location in Word, or an instructional image in a Keynote or PowerPoint presentation.

For the most part, extracting a photo or image from Apple and Microsoft applications is universal, which is nice. Here, we’ll show you how to extract a photo or image from various document types.

How to extract photos and images from PDF documents

Adobe Acrobat Reader Copy Selected Graphic

If you receive a PDF document and want to hold onto one of the photos or images from it, it’s a little more difficult than doing so with a Pages or Word document. PDF documents are intended to be more secure than others. So for editing a PDF, you normally need special software, an app, or an online tool.

If you’ve invested in something like Adobe Acrobat, then things like image extractions are easy. But if you don’t create or edit PDFs regularly, what tool can you use to save an image from a document?

Here are a few ways to extract a photo or image from a PDF file.

How to import to Photos on Mac from Mail, Messages, and other apps

When you receive an image or photo in an email or see one on the web that you want to save to the Photos app, it can be a little difficult if you’re new to Mac or simply aren’t sure how. By importing to Photos, you can then add the image to an album, share it, or simply save with the rest of your pictures for safe keeping.

Here, we’ll show you how to import images directly to Photos on your Mac from places like Mail, Messages, and other apps.

How to mark up images and PDFs directly in Notes on Mac

Markup a PDF in Notes on Mac

If you use the Notes app on Mac, you can include images and PDFs as references in your notes. This is perfect for keeping everything together. And if you want to annotate one of those items only for reference in a note, you might not want to change the original file.

Luckily, you can mark up images and PDFs right within the Notes app on your Mac. This lets you annotate the item for your own note but keep the original intact.

How to attach files, photos, and videos to Notes on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Add Photo or Video to Notes on iPhone

The Notes app is a terrific tool for keeping, syncing, and referencing your notes. And one thing that makes it even better is the ability to attach files or add images to your notes. When you’re taking notes for a lecture, jotting down instructions, or making a list, adding a PDF, photo, video, or other item that pertains to the note is super convenient.

We’ve shown you how to scan documents in Notes and insert links in your notes. So it seems fitting to walk you through adding other items like files and images to Notes on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to take and view a screenshot on Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite in Case

Like taking a screenshot on your iPhone, you may have plenty of reasons for doing it on Kinle. We here at iDB take screenshots to show you how to do thing on your devices. But you might take one to get support from the maker or help show a friend how to navigate.

If taking a screenshot on your Kindle Paperwhite is something you’re interested in doing, then this is your how-to. We’ll show you how to take a screenshot on the eReader and how to view it once you do.

How to edit, animate, and share drawings in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

Animate Drawing Options in Pages on iPad

You don’t have to be a professional artist to enjoy the benefits of drawing on your devices. And with or without an Apple Pencil, you can use Scribble to sketch or draw whatever you need. On iPhone, you can use your finger to sketch things like shapes and on iPad, you can expand your drawings with that larger screen.

You have plenty of tools to create drawings along with great ways to enhance them. Move or resize, edit or animate, and share your drawings with coworkers or pals. Here, we’ll show you how to do all of this with your drawings in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on iOS.