Resizing an Image in a Document

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 16, 2014)

When you add an image to a Docs document, the image is the original size of the image, if that size will fit within the margins of your document. If the image is larger than what will fit, then the image is automatically resized so that it fits within the full width of the page margins.

Even so, you may need to resize an image so that it doesn't overwhelm the page and fits more appropriately with the desired layout of the document. Fortunately, Docs makes it easy to resize an image.

  1. Click once on the image you want to resize. You see a series of small squares, called handles, appear around the perimeter of the image.
  2. Click a handle and drag it toward the center of the image to make it smaller or away from the center to make it larger.
  3. When the image is the desired size, release the mouse button.

You should note that the position of the handle you click and drag (step 2) is important to how Docs adjusts the picture. If you drag a handle at any of the four corners of the image, then the image is scaled, meaning that the height and width of the image remain proportionate to each other. If you drag one of the non-corner handles, then the image is simply shrunk or expanded in the direction you drag; it is not scaled.

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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