July 3, 2022

Google Docs is a great place to work on text-based documents, whether it’s a school project or a work report. Because it exists in the cloud, you can access a Google Doc from virtually anywhere once you log into your Google Drive account. It’s also great for collaborative work: send a Google Doc link to someone and they can view, or even edit it depending on the set permissions. You can work on brainstorming ideas, creating a family vacation packing list, and do group projects together remotely. 

But Google Docs can be used for so much more as well, such as creating compelling presentations, brochures, posters, and flyers. And sometimes, the document requires graphs, charts, even sketching of ideas, plans, or mathematical equations. To do this, you’ll want to up the ante with the draw feature, allowing you to upload images to a Google Doc from your computer, create them, or even hand-drawn right on the blank page.

How to draw in Google Docs

1. Open the Google Chrome browser on your computer or mobile device.
2. Go to your Google Drive at drive.google.com (make sure you’re logged into your Google account).
3. Tap +New at the top, left.

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4. Select Google Docs from the dropdown menu.
5. Select Blank document.
6. Select Insert.

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7. Select Drawing.

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8. Select New.

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9. Open a Drawing window (or From Drive to upload your own image saved to Google Drive.)

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10. Select Actions, Word Art to add words.

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11. Type the words you want if you are using text and hit Enter to save.
12. Select the Shape tool to add other items, like shapes, arrows, and callouts. You can also add Lines and upload Images.

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13. If you want to freehand draw, select Lines in the top menu, Scribble, and draw.

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14. Use the context toolbar at the top of the drawing window to adjust the appearance further.
15. When done, select Save and Close