The Facts

  1. Images inside questions/answers are resized to fit within the container width.
  2. Yet they are stored as is, meaning with their original resolution, for instance.

The Question

Why not provide some (easy-to-use) means to display images at their respective full-size?

An Example

Here is an image taken from this question:

An Example

The Current Way of Displaying an Image at Full-Size


  • right-click image;
  • select browser-specific context menu entry;
  • see image at full-size;
  • close tab/window (if opened in new tab/window) or go back to previous page (meaning the question).

A Slightly Better Way

Link image to its full-size version.
Thus, one only has to click once, then hit BACKSPACE (to go back).

A Better Way

Use some modal overlay to display the full size-image.
One click to display, click again (on image or somewhere else) to close.

The Discussion

What do you think? :)

2 Answers 2


You can add the link manually already:




[1]: https://i.sstatic.net/CQwr9.png

Overlays are sometimes hard to use, especially on smaller screens.

  • 2
    Yes, I know, and this is also easy (as I stated I'd like to have an easy-to-use means), however, this is not what I'd call comfortable. A comfortable way would be to provide the user a checkbox (or a two-radio-button group) to just include the image or wrap it with a full-size link. Of course, you're right that overlays (especially when dealing with full-screen resolution images) are not that good when your resolution is smaller than the one the image was taken on.
    – tfrommen
    Commented Apr 16, 2013 at 11:42
  • Addition: I'm not (only) talking about making it easier for the one adding the image to the post, but also (or even rather) about making it easier for the ones reading the question with the resized image only. It's more the built-in automatism that I'd like to have (maning, the option would be set to include the link for the image by default).
    – tfrommen
    Commented Apr 16, 2013 at 11:45

Side note regarding embedded images: we can display thumbnail versions of an image, appending s and m to its name.

Small linked to full:

<sup>*click to enlarge* ⤴</sup>

[1]: https://i.sstatic.net/CQwr9s.png
[2]: https://i.sstatic.net/CQwr9.png

click to enlarge

Medium linked to full:

<sup>*click to enlarge* ⤴</sup>

[3]: https://i.sstatic.net/CQwr9m.png
[4]: https://i.sstatic.net/CQwr9.png

click to enlarge

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