The Place command is the primary method used to insert graphics into InDesign because it provides the highest level of support for resolution, file formats, multipage PDF and INDD files, and color. To place graphics is also referred to as import images and insert pictures.
If you’re creating a document in which those characteristics aren’t critical, you can copy and paste to import graphics InDesign. Pasting, however, embeds a graphic in a document; the link to the original graphic file is broken and doesn’t appear in the Links panel, and you can’t update the graphic from the original file. However, pasting Illustrator graphics allows you to edit paths in InDesign. See Importing Adobe Illustrator graphics.
The options available to you when you place a graphics file depend on the type of graphic. These options appear when you select Show Import Options in the Place dialog box. If you don’t select Show Import Options, InDesign applies the default settings or the last settings used in placing a graphics file of that type.
The names of graphics you’ve placed (imported) appear in the Links panel.