WP Media Library – ‘Uploaded to’??

I’m not usually stumped by what appears to be a common ‘feature’ in WordPress, but I’ve just found one that has me utterly baffled.

This is a screenshot of the Media Library as accessed from the Dashboard:

I have the view set to ‘list’ instead of ‘grid’, but the column heading of ‘Uploaded to’ doesn’t mean ‘this picture was inserted into XX post’ because most of my pictures are shown as ‘Unattached’, despite the fact that I know they were inserted into posts.

The blue ‘Attach’ option doesn’t do what I thought it should either – i.e. it doesn’t insert a saved picture file /into/ a post. I actually tried it out and when you select the ‘Attach’ option, you’re given a list of posts to attach the picture file to:

But…selecting a post and clicking ‘Select’ does NOT place the image into the post. I tried. It doesn’t do anything that’s visually obvious. The only thing that changes is that for that file, ‘Attach’ changes to ‘Detach’.

I tried searching for an explanation of what the ‘Uploaded to’ column means, or what the ‘Attach’ option is meant to do, but found only programming type gobbledegook that sounded as if it had nothing to do with inserting a picture into a post.

To save /my/ sanity. Does anyone out there know what this is all about? -cough- In plain English?

Meeks

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29 responses to “WP Media Library – ‘Uploaded to’??

  • robertawrites235681907

    I have never tried to do anything from the dashboard, Meeks. To be honest, I’ve never even thought of it. I do everything using the block editor and select what I want paragraph, heading, gallery, etc.

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  • roughwighting

    I’m closing my eyes and holding my ears tight and saying “nononononono!” Don’t tell me anything- ask me anything. Word Press USED to be user friendly. Now when I go on there to post I cross fingers/toes/eyes and hope against hope that it works. Why have they made it more difficult to use, instead of easier? Don’t answer, because only those in the inner reaches of hell know the answer. Ha. Sorry, I’m being a bit hyperbolic, but really….. ;-0

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    • acflory

      lol – fear not! I think we’re all suffering from ‘what the hell-itis’. I blame mobile phones, and young people with prehensile thumbs. 😦

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      • roughwighting

        I like your blame list – may I copy it? πŸ™‚

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      • Yorgos KC

        I consider my thumbs prehensile enough, yet I hate this new app-looking web sites, especially when they used to be real and user friendly web-sites. Phones are great for having fun and doing work only when you can’t actually use a PC/Laptop. So, blame WordPress and all those companies that try to save money by turning their websites to user unfriendly app-looking, bad imitations of a web site 😜

        And just to give you a hint of the insanity, my Media menu looks nothing like yours and! I don’t even have an option to chose list view, or any other kind, if that matters πŸ€ͺ

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        • acflory

          Yes, everything you say is true. I think WordPress is trying to ‘future proof’ the platform but may have misjudged its target audience. Or who knows? Maybe the majority of WP users now /are/ people who access the internet via phone. 😦
          When I was teaching computer literacy to older people in a retirement village, many of them appeared more comfortable with their smartphones than I was.
          Nevertheless, I believe there is a need for a platform that focuses on the written word. I just don’t think WordPress is that platform any more. 😦
          No list view? Hmm…I assumed that the recent changes meant that everyone was now using an updated version of the old Dashboard. Doh. 😦 Maybe it’s just us crusty old time users who refused to let go of it?
          Do you have an option down the very bottom called Admin something?
          With the old new interface, clicking that option used to bring up the Dashboard. Now /my/ WP goes straight to the Dashboard.
          I wonder what’s going on?

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          • Yorgos KC

            My WP goes to Dashboard for about two months now. I don’t remember the first time it happened, but the first post of February was done with the previous interface, then the new one came up.

            Maybe it’s the “local” server that hosts my site that hasn’t changed yet to your even newer version? I’ve noticed on Twitter that some bugs – or updates, if you like – appear in the UK a few days before they come here, so maybe it’s something similar.

            No Admin anything option anywhere. Settings, maybe? The only place I can find the word, is under my username 🀣

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          • acflory

            Ah. So you do have the Dashboard. Interesting. And don’t worry about the Admin thing. That was only available when the old new interface was around. lol for us die hard dinosaurs who HATED the lack of control of the stripped down interface.
            I hope you do get all the new features because they all increase our ‘control’ of our blogs.

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  • Chris The Story Reading Ape

    Unattached images occur for one of two reasons, Meeks:
    1. They were once used in posts that were either deleted or have lost their links between their posts and images.
    2. They were uploaded directly to the media library before any post was made and either not attached to a post, or, attached to a post but lost their link to it somehow.
    Best way to attach images seems to be: first do your post text, then use the Add Media button to go into the library, THEN use the Upload Files tab to find the images on your pc or device, and upload them into the library, then allocate them into the post.
    See:
    https://wordpress.com/support/media/2/

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    • acflory

      Thanks, Chris. That’s actually the method I normally use. The only time I really include images from my Media Library is when they are recyclable. I think I’d better check back over my older recent posts to make sure they still work properly. -sigh- as if we didn’t have anything better to do. 😦

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  • Books & Bonsai

    There has been a lot of changes on WP lately, some so small you hardly notice them. What would be lovely, is advanced warning of change, instead of playing detective all the time!

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    • acflory

      Yes, I’ve noticed that too. On average I post twice a week and I’ve been noticing a lot of changes. Some I like, some have had me pulling my hair out. Some advance warning would be heaven. :/

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      • Anonymole

        Same treatment here; No list view for Media. Maybe there’s a special url? I’ve got the minimum $ version w/domain, maybe it’s an advanced $$ feature.

        I see there maybe multiple authors, perhaps this is the admin view. If this is the case, then the uploaded to would indicate which sub/site/author, perhaps.

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        • acflory

          Hmm…that is strange as I’m not subbed at all – just the plain old WordPress.com.
          I wonder, maybe the list view is new and hasn’t been migrated out to paid customers yet?
          WP has a habit of using us Plebs as guinea pigs.

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  • DawnGillDesigns

    well, that’s interesting – I can’t change my view from thumbnail to grid at all! I wonder if the upload is to allow you to upload it to cloud storage? My media library would allow me to link to google photos if I wanted, thereby (I assume) avoiding the need to use all my WP storage with photos. Something for me to consider if I get to the point where I want to add extra, or consider paying for the service

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  • Neil Rickert

    Yes, it is not very intuitive.

    I rarely add images. And when I do, I find it confusing.

    If I try to add an image to an existing post, it does show my media library, where I can select something. Or there’s then an option to upload a new image.

    The last time that I tried this was before they forced the “blocks editor” on us. So it might have all changed since then.

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    • acflory

      Hi Neil. There have been quite a few changes, and reversals, recently. As far as I know, you can only insert an image from within the post/block editor. But if you have a lot of images, finding the one you want can be a frustrating task. I was hoping there was a better way…but apparently not. :/

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