Insert an image

To insert an image in your document, spreadsheet, or presentation:

  1. Click the Insert drop-down menu from the toolbar and select Image.
  2. Depending on what image you'd like to add to the document, select from the following options:
    • Upload: Choose an image from your computer and click the Select button.
    • Take a snapshot: Use your webcam to capture an image to use in your document.
    • By URL: Type the URL of an image from the Web and click Select.
    • Your albums: Choose an image from one of your photos albums stored on the web.
    • Google Drive: Choose an image stored in Google Drive.
    • Search: Search the stock photography archive, or the Google and Life archives, and select an image.
  3. Once you've found what you were looking for, click the image and the Select button.

To delete the image from the file, click the image itself, and press the Delete key.

You'll be able to add images in any of these file types: .gif (not animated), .jpg, and .png. Images must be less than 2 MB and at this time, it isn't possible to insert images in files on mobile devices.

Drag images from your computer or the Web

You can drag images from your desktop or a website to your document or presentation. Simply click the image you'd like to add and drag it to your file. It might take a moment for the image to appear. At the moment, this feature isn't available for spreadsheets.

Copying and pasting images from desktop applications

If you copy an image while working in a desktop application, you can paste it right into your document or presentation. After you've pasted it, it may take a moment for your image to appear.

You can only drag or paste images that are less than 2MB in size, and that are one of the following file types: .gif, .jpg, and .png.

Note:At the moment, this feature isn't available for spreadsheets.

Image layouts

Image layouts give you control on how text interacts with images or drawings in your documents. There are currently three layouts available:

  • Wrap: Text flows around the image, only getting as close as allowed by the margins. To set an image’s margins, select this layout type and then choose a margin size from the drop-down menu.
  • Break text: The image is placed by itself — text can appear to the left or the right of it.
  • In line: The image sits directly on the line of text.
Move and resize images using keyboard shortcuts

Move a fixed-position image:

  • Press ←, ↑, →, or ↓ to nudge your image by ¼ inch or 1 cm.
  • Press Shift and hold down an arrow key to move your fixed-position image by 1 point.

Resize your image:

  • Press Ctrl + < or Ctrl + > to resize the image. (On a Mac, use ⌘ instead of Ctrl.) This resizes the image just as if you'd dragged it by the corner.
  • Each time you press Ctrl + < or Ctrl + >, you'll increase or decrease the image size by 1/16 inch or 0.25 cm.
Learn more about keyboard shortcuts.
Replace an image

If you want to replace an image in a document, spreadsheet, presentation, or drawing, you can replace the image with a different one without changing the general size, layout, and other features of the original image.

  1. Open your file.
  2. Select the image you want to replace.
  3. In a document, presentation, or drawing, right-click and select Replace image. In a spreadsheet, click the dropdown arrow in the right corner of the image and select Replace image.
  4. Choose an image to replace the original and click Select.
  5. The new image will replace the original with the same general size, layout, and formatting.
Insert a video in a presentation

You can add a video from YouTube into your presentation. Here’s how:

The video will appear in your presentation. Once you’ve started playing a video, you can maximize it to the full size of a slide by clicking the full screen icon at the bottom right of the video.

  1. Go to the Insert menu and select Video.
  2. Then, search for a video you'd like to insert or enter a URL from YouTube.
  3. After you've selected a video, check the box next to the video's thumbnail and click Insert Video.
Inserting an image inside a cell in a spreadsheet

To insert an image inside of a cell, you may use one of the following four options:

  • =image("URL") or =image("URL", 1): Inserting this formula into a cell will scale the image to fit inside of the selected cell. If the cell is bigger than image you're inserting, the remainder of the cell will be white.
  • =image("URL", 2): Inserting this formula will stretch the image to fit inside of the selected cell. The aspect ratio (height vs. width) of the image won't be preserved.
  • =image("URL", 3): This formula will insert the image into the cell at its original size. If the image is bigger than the cell, some of the image may be cut off.
  • =image("URL", 4, height, width): Inserting this formula allows you to customize the size of the image by specifying the height and width of the image in pixels. The height and width parameters are required for this option.

The image in the cell can be aligned in many ways, just as text in a spreadsheet cell can be by using the alignment controls in the toolbar.

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