How to Insert a Drawing Into a Google Spreadsheet?

You may believe that Google Sheets has no need for Google Drawings in its scope. But did you know that you can quickly upload a graphic into Google Sheets and use that to give the information or statistics some further context?

So, let’s explore one more inventive method to use Google Drawings today.

How to Insert a Drawing Into a Google Spreadsheet?

When using a Google Spreadsheet, it might be helpful to support the data by including a sketch or a drawing that was done by a professional.

For illustration purposes, for instance, you may illustrate the potential return on an investment in the form of a flowchart. Or add a map to support some demographic data.

So, launch Google Sheets.

  1. Click on Insert > Drawing from within Google Sheets.
  2. The blank canvas of Drawings gives you multiple tools to make your illustration. You can also upload an image, take a snapshot, or add it from a URL.
  3. Create your drawing with the drawing tools available on the canvas. Click the blue Save and Close button to insert the drawing in your sheet.
  4. The inserted drawing can be moved and positioned anywhere on the sheet. You can also resize the graphic by dragging the bounding handles. You can also set the text to wrap around the Drawing on all sides no matter where you drag it on the page.
  5. If you need to do edit the Drawing again, just double-click on the embedded drawing to re-open it in canvas.
how to insert a drawing into a google spreadsheet?
Insert a drawing in Google Sheet

Because the spreadsheet and the drawing are two separate documents, it is important to keep in mind that the editing permissions for each will be different. The people with whom you share a Google Sheet that contains an embedded Drawing are only able to see the Drawing when you share the Sheet with them. Unless you also grant them edit rights to the Drawing, they won’t be able to make any changes. After that, they can also open the Drawing by double-clicking on it to make changes to it.

The ability to add a drawing to a spreadsheet is very handy when you want to add a simple straight line to a sheet. Just use the canvas to draw a straight line and move it around to the right place in your documents.

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