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Insert or delete images or videos

You can add or remove photos or videos in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Add an image

  1. Open a document, spreadsheet, or presentation in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
  2. Click Insert and then Image.
  3. Select from the following options:
    • Upload: Choose an image from your computer and click Open.
    • Take a snapshot: Use your webcam and click Take a snapshot.
    • By URL: Paste 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 and click Select.
    • Google Drive: Choose an image stored in Google Drive and click Select.
    • Search: Choose an image from the stock photography archive, or the Google and Life archives, and click Select.
  4. Your image will be added to your file.

Image size and format requirements

Images must be less than 50 MB and be one of the following file types:

  • .gif
  • .jpg
  • .png

Delete an image

  1. Open a document, spreadsheet, or presentation in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
  2. Select an image.
  3. Press the Delete or Backspace key on your keyboard.

Advanced image or video options

Drag or copy & paste an image

These features are not available on Google Sheets.

Drag an image

You can drag images from your desktop or a website to your document or presentation.

  • Click the image and drag it to your file. It may take a moment for the image to appear.

Copy & paste an image

You can copy an image from your desktop or the web and paste it directly into your document or presentation. It may take a moment for your image to appear.

Replace an image

You can replace an image without changes to the size and layout of the original image.

  1. Open a document, spreadsheet, or presentation in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
  2. Click the image you want to replace.
    • In a document, presentation, or drawing: Right-click, and select Replace image.
    • In a spreadsheet: In the top right corner of the image, click the down arrow and select Replace image.
  3. Choose an image to replace the original and click Select.
  4. The new image will replace the original with the same general size, layout, and formatting.
Add a YouTube video to a presentation
  1. Open a presentation in Google Slides.
  2. Click the slide where you want to add the video.
  3. Click Insert and then Video.
    • Search for a video you'd like to add and click Select.
    • Choose URL at the top of the window and paste a URL from YouTube.
  4. Your video will be added to the slide.
Alternate options for adding images in spreadsheets

To add an image in a cell, use the following formulas to change the size of the image in the cell. You must have a URL for the image you're adding.

  • Size to fit: Type =IMAGE("URL") or =IMAGE("URL", 1) into the cell with the image URL. This formula will scale the image to fit inside of the selected cell. If the cell is bigger than the image you're inserting, the rest of the cell will be white.
  • Stretch to fit: Type =IMAGE("URL", 2) into the cell with the image URL. This formula will stretch the image to fit inside the cell. The image height x width ratio won't be preserved.
  • Original size: Type =IMAGE("URL", 3) into the cell with the image URL. This formula will add 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.
  • Custom size: Type =IMAGE("URL", 4, height, width) into the cell with the image URL, and your custom height and width (in pixels). This formula will add the image into the cell with your custom size.

Note: When you insert images or videos, follow the image usage guidelines.

Related article

Crop and adjust images in a document or presentation

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