Adding a Drawing to Your Spreadsheet

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 10, 2013)

Google Drive makes it very simple to add a drawing to your spreadsheet, and you don't even need to create a separate Draw drawing to do it. All you need to do is choose Insert | Drawing, from within Sheets, and Drive displays a small drawing canvas. Use the tools at the top of the canvas to control your drawing and how it is formatted. When you click Save & Close (at the upper-right of the canvas area), Drive inserts the drawing directly into your spreadsheet.

Once a drawing is inserted in a spreadsheet, you can position it by clicking on it once (to select the drawing) and then clicking on it again and dragging it to the desired position.

You can later edit your drawing by clicking once on it (again, to select it). This enables a drop-down list near the upper-right portion of the drawing. If you click on the drop-down arrow you can choose Edit, which again displays the Drawing canvas with the drawing in it. Make any changes you want and then click the Save & Close button.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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