How to Create a Drawing in Google Docs

Google Docs, like Microsoft Word, affords you the ability to add a number of different elements into your newsletters or documents. Whether it’s a picture or a table, you can probably add the element that your document requires.

But occasionally you might have the need for something that you can’t get from a picture, and you need to create it yourself. Fortunately you have the ability to create a drawing in Google Docs so that you can convey the necessary information via a shape, or lines, or whatever else you may need.

How to Insert a Drawing in Google Docs

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of Google Chrome, but will also work in other Web browsers like Safari or Edge. If you find the drawing tools in Google Docs to be limited, then you may need to use an external image editor, then add the picture to the document.

Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at and open the document into which you wish to add the drawing.

Step 2: Click at the point in the document where you wish to add the drawing, then click the Insert tab at the top of the window.

select the insert tab

Step 3: Choose the Drawing option, then click the New button.

choose drawing then new

Step 4: Use the tools in the toolbar above the canvas to create the drawing, then click the Save and Close button at the top-right of the window.

how to create a drawing in google docs

If the picture is slightly too large but you don’t want to reduce its size, find out how to change margins in Google Docs and make the body of your document a bit larger.

Is there text in your document that isn’t important to the message you are trying to convey, but you don’t want to remove it entirely? Find out how to use strikethrough in Google Docs and draw a line through text. newsletter

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