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
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 https://drive.google.com 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.
Step 3: Select the Insert tab at the top of the window, choose the Chart option, then select Google Sheets.
Step 4: Choose the Sheets file containing the chart to add, then click the Select button.
Step 5: Select the chart to add, choose whether to include a link to the spreadsheet, then click the Import button.
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.
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.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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