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Putting a picture into the caption of a picture on MySpace sounds kind of funny, but it works. In fact, you can put a picture into the caption, and you can use other HTML as well.

How do I put a picture into a caption of a picture I've uploaded to myspace.com? I see others doing it, but I can't figure out how.

While it might sound funny to put a picture as a caption on another picture, it makes a lot of sense if you're trying to add an emoticon or other icon.

I've already covered How to put a picture in a comment on MySpace, and while this seems different, it's really very, very similar.

The only real "trick" to know for both this, and for comments as well, is that you can use HTML. That means in your caption you can reference an image stored anywhere else on the internet, or in your own uploaded pictures.

Start by following the instructions in How do I put a picture in a comment on myspace.com? to upload a picture, and locate that picture's URL.

"The picture doesn't actually have to be on MySpace, in fact it can be anywhere on the internet, as long as it's accessible by some URL."

Now, go to Add/Edit photos on your MySpace home page and click on Add Caption.

Now, in that caption, where you want that picture to be, enter this:

<img src="http://myspace-355.vo.llnwd.net/00573/55/34/573024355_l.jpg" alt="" />

IMPORTANT replace the URL (the "http://myspace-355.vo.llnwd.net/00573/55/34/573024355_l.jpg") in this example with the URL to your own picture.

The picture doesn't actually have to be on MySpace, in fact it can be anywhere on the internet, as long as it's accessible by some URL.

That's all there is to it.

Now, that whole "<img..." thing, that's just HTML - the language of web pages. You can use other HTML as well. For example, if you just want to place text, and have some of it be bold, enter something like this:

This is bold text

The word bold will be bold. You like color? Try this:

This is red text

The word "red" will be red.

As with a picture in a comment, if this doesn't work the most common cause is not doing it exactly right. HTML can be picky. Make sure that you've copied everything you see here exactly the same way, and that you've copied the URL to any pictures you're using exactly. It all has to be right, or things cannot work, or look really, really messy.

If you really want to experiment, pick up a book on some basic HTML. You can get quite creative.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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13 Comments
Leo Notenboom
July 18, 2006 12:35 PM

I recommend learning some basic HTML. An <a target="_blank" href="... tag put around the image should do what you want.

Katt
July 21, 2006 3:21 PM

If the url is to long, then go to http://snipurl.com/index.php and insert the long url and it will make it shorter. And thanx, I needed this.

karla
July 29, 2006 2:44 PM

yeah for those of you who can't fit the tag because it's too long, go to snipurl.com

kelsey
September 2, 2006 10:38 PM

okay, seriously people. if the url is too long, go to your documents, and your pictures, find the picture, rename it as 'a' or something short like one letter. then try with the url.

Cher
September 30, 2006 1:06 PM

This site is good for cutting down URL's so they fit in the caption box.

http://snipurl.com/index.php

Morphine
October 15, 2006 1:29 PM

This works I swear
use this code


because when you copy and paste the code they have the myspace url is too long so it removes the alt thing at the end of the code, so go to tinypic.com or tinyurl.com to make the url shorter then put that url where my code says url

Morphine
October 15, 2006 1:32 PM

Ok it took out the code so let me explain it
when you copy and paste the code they give you
take out the myspace url so you have ""
then you have to re-add the alt="" / >
now go to tinypic.com use that url and put it between the first ""

Mardie
October 23, 2006 6:59 PM

Hi, I'm trying to put an image in my "companies" section. I'm using the exact code that Leo suggests, which usually works just fine. I used tinypic.com to host my gif. The problem I'm having is that when I enter the code, MySpace automatically converts the quote marks to """ kind of the way it automatically converts a typed ampersand into "&". Is there a way to disable this so that I can see my image and not a long line of converted code?

Thanks!

Roxy
October 30, 2006 6:41 PM

ya im getting a red x and nothings showing up, but i copied that url you have for an example and it worked, whats going on??

Emma
November 21, 2006 4:29 PM

you need to use a tinypic.com url otherwise its too big. worked for me, cheers x

Forrest
November 25, 2006 10:24 AM

Just use tinypic.com. and put the url they give you there....

brooke
December 12, 2006 12:14 AM

make the name of the picture smaller, and then try again.

Leo Notenboom
December 12, 2006 4:04 PM

EVERYONE PLEASE - read the article carefully... particularly this statement:

"if this doesn't work the most common cause is not doing it exactly right."

Two dots happens if your HTML is bad or incomplete (for example the /> was left off). The most common cause is that the URL you are trying to use is TOO LONG. You MUST use a shorter URL. Make sure that EVERYTHING explained above fits in the caption box ... if it doesn't, it's too long. Make it shorter.

I'm closing comments on this article, since it's just repeats of this exact same issue.

UPDATE: I've added this article for those of you having problems with URLs that are too long: http://ask-leo.com//the_link_i_want_to_use_to_post_a_picture_on_myspace_is_too_long_what_can_i_do.html

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