Adding an Image to a Document

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 16, 2014)

Adding a well-designed image to a document can enhance its look and make your information easier to read and understand. Fortunately, Google Docs makes it easy to add images to your documents, providing a couple of ways to do the insertions.

The first way to add images to a document is to choose Insert | Image from the toolbar. Docs displays the Insert Image dialog box. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Insert Image dialog box.

Simply drag image files from your desktop and drop them into the dialog box (at the noted place), and Docs does the rest. You could also use the controls in the dialog box to make the image selection or to create the image from a camera ("Take a Snapshot") or from a location on the web ("By URL"). The point is that the Insert Image dialog box provides a wealth of ways that you can get the image into your document.

The second way to add images to a document is to simply skip the Insert Image dialog box all together. If you have an image file on your computer, just drag and drop the image directly into the Docs document. Google does its thing to immediately upload and place the image in the document.

Note that no matter how you choose to add an image to your document, it is a good idea to focus on your words before you actually start adding images. It is easier to drop images into a group of words and make any necessary adjustments to size and positioning than it is to add the words around existing images.

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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