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User Guide On How to Annotate & Insert Images in TextEdit on Mac

Annotate & Insert Images
Written by Hassan Abbas

Annotate & Insert Images: We all know about the TextEdit app on your Mac. This amazing built-in tool enables you to create and edit plain or text documents very easily. But the thing you must know is that you can easily annotate pictures right within it.

This quite handy text documents when you don’t like to use a word processing app and just want your document, including an image, fastly. And also, you’ll use the same Markup tool on your Mac.

Here’s in this article you’ll learn how to insert and annotate images in TextEdit on your Mac.

How to Annotate & Insert Images in TextEdit

Insert Image Into TextEdit

Make sure, use a rich text document if you like to insert an image into TextEdit. However, if you’re using plain text, tap Format > Make Rich Text from the menu bar.

You can then insert an image in different ways:

Step 1:

Right-tap in the body of the document. Now choose Import Image from the shortcut menu, and select your image.

Step 2:

Click Edit > Attach Files and then browse your image.

Step 3:

Now drag an image from its current location into the TextEdit document.

Annotate An Image in TextEdit

Now you have your image in your TextEdit document, annotating it is quite easy.

Choose the image in your document and you’ll then view an arrow located on the top right of it. However, select Markup (or another image editing tool if you want to).

However, your image opens in the Markup window where you can edit and annotate it as you please.

Make sure if you’ve never ever used Markup on your Mac, it offers some amazing tools. Now, check out the toolbar and you’ll view buttons to sketch, highlight, draw, sign, add shapes and text, include a border, rotate or crop, edit your image.

Once done, tap Done and your edited image will display in your TextEdit document.


After being able to mark up images from TextEdit makes it quite easy for instant edits like signing a document, editing an image, or adding some text.

Make sure, you can also use the Markup tool on Mac for email attachments. Also, if you allow the extension you can then use Markup for other Mac apps too. For further queries and questions let us know in the comment section below!

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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