How to Insert a Graph in Google Docs

While Google Docs and Google Sheets are popular because they are good, free, and reliable, the fact that they are both browser-based is really helpful.

Not only can you access them from almost any computer or phone, but you can access your files almost anywhere that you have an Internet connection.

Our tutorial below will show you how to insert a graph in Google Docs by adding it from a Google Sheets file that you have saved to your Google Drive cloud storage.

How to Insert a Google Sheets Chart Into a Google Docs Document

  1. Open your Google Docs file.
  2. Click where you want the chart.
  3. Select the Insert tab.
  4. Choose Chart, then Google Sheets.
  5. Select the Sheets file, then click Select.
  6. Choose the chart, then click Import.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to insert a graph in Google Docs, including pictures of these steps.

There are a lot of benefits to using the Google Drive suite of applications.

They are accessible from basically any computer with an Internet connection; you can share and collaborate with other Google users, you can do things like create newsletters from a library of templates, and you get a very capable set of programs, for free, that can let you do much of what Microsoft Office provides.

But one other benefit of the Google apps is how well they integrate with one another.

If you have a Google Sheets file that contains a chart or graph that would be beneficial to a document you are creating, then you are able to add that chart or graph to the document. You can even change the margins in Google Docs if the inserted chart is too large for the document.

Our guide below will show you how to insert your chart.

Our Google Sheets text wrapping guide can show you how to format your text so that it’s easier to read inside of your cells.

How to Insert Existing Chart Into Google Docs (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser. You can also do this in other desktop browsers like Safari or Firefox. If you haven’t yet created a Google Sheets chart, this article can show you how.

Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at and open the Docs file into which you wish to add the chart.

Step 2: Click at the point in the document where you wish to add the chart.

choose where to add the chart

Step 3: Select the Insert tab at the top of the window, choose the Chart option, then select Google Sheets.

how insert google sheets chart in google docs

Step 4: Choose the Sheets file containing the chart to add, then click the Select button.

how to insert a graph in Google Docs

Step 5: Select the chart to add, choose whether to include a link to the spreadsheet, then click the Import button.

select the chart, then click import

Now that you know how to insert a graph in Google Docs, you will be able to follow these steps any time that a document you are editing would benefit from the inclusion of a chart or graph that you have previously created in one of your spreadsheets.

Note that you can resize the chart using the handles along the border.

Additionally, when the chart is selected, there will be a link icon at the top-right. If you select that, you can choose to unlink the spreadsheet or open it instead.

adjust settings for imported chart in google docs

If you need to add some data to your document but don’t have an existing chart, then find out about adding tables in Google Docs for a way to add some well-structured data to your document.

You can also check out our how to insert text box in Google Docs article if you have been having trouble finding that option in the word processing application.

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