WordPress Media Library

What is the WordPress Media Library?

The media library, located within the WordPress dashboard, is the central location for uploading and managing all media types into your WordPress installation. From the media library you can add, delete, and modify images, documents, and other types of media files.

While accessing the media library directly will allow you to add and manage all media files, you can also add media directly from the add / edit screen for a post or page.

WordPress Media Library: Dashboard Access

WordPress Media Library: Dashboard Access

WordPress Media Library: Post / Page Edit Access

WordPress Media Library: Post / Page Edit Access


WordPress Media Library

WordPress Media Library

When opened from the left-hand menu within the WordPress dashboard, the media library allows you to modify specific information about each existing media file. To upload a new media file, the media file can be dragged and dropped into the media library, or you can select the Add New option and follow the on-screen prompts.

Media Library Attachment Details

Media Library Attachment Details

Once selected, the information stored for the specific media file can be modified by simply changing the values and options in the right-hand area.

When the media library is accessed via a post or page edit screen, you will have the option to insert the media file into the post or page by clicking the Insert Into Post button located in the lower-right.

 Note: The media will be added at the location of the mouse cursor prior to the Add Media button being clicked. 

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