Once you’ve uploaded your images to Google Docs, you can move them in the document by following a few simple steps. In this article, we will talk about the different methods for moving images. We will also provide the steps for each of them.
Specifically, we will be talking about these four methods of moving images in your Google Doc:
- Using your mouse pointer to drag the images in the document
- Using one of the position options (either move with the text or fix the position on the page)
- Using one of the alignment options (left, centre, and right)
- Copying/cutting and pasting the images
Note that this article is intended for complete beginners. Hence, you can follow along even if you’ve never used Google Docs before. This is why we will also be talking about how to upload images to a Google Docs document (and other image settings).
With that introduction, let’s start.
Method 1: Using your mouse pointer to drag the images in the document
The first method involves just clicking on the image and dragging it to the place where you want it. This is a simple and convenient method that doesn’t take a lot of time.
However, one downside is that you cannot use this method if you are using a phone or tablet.
Below are the steps for this method.
Step 1: Open your Google Docs document.
Open the Google Docs document that has the images you want to move. To do this, go to the Google Docs homepage at docs.google.com. Then, select a document under ‘Recent documents’. Make sure that you are first signed into your Google account.
If you don’t already have a document, you can easily create a new one. You have two options for creating a new document. The first option is to click on the plus sign at the top of the screen to create a blank document.
The second option is to choose from one of the several templates Google Docs offers. Some examples of these templates include resumes, class notes and reports.
(Optional) Step 2: Upload images to your document.
If you already have images in your Google Docs document that you would like to move, you can skip this step.
However, if you don’t already have images in your document and don’t know how to upload them, you can follow this step.
First, click on the insert tab at the top left corner of the screen. Then, select ‘Image’ (which is the first option in the drop-down menu).
This will open another drop-down menu, with the different options for uploading images. Pick the option that is the most convenient for you. For example, if you want to upload images from your computer, click on the ‘Upload from computer option.’
You can also upload images from your Drive or directly from the web.
Step 3: Click on the image and drag it.
Next, click on the image. When you do this, anchors should appear on the image.
To move the image in your document, simply use your pointer to drag it anywhere in the document. When you are dragging the image, this pointer should appear in the position where you want to place it:
To make sure that the image fits better, you can also change its size. To do this, simply drag the anchors on the image.
Method 2: Using one of the position options (either move with the text or fix the position on the page)
The next method involves using the position options for your images. This method is useful if you want your image to move along with your text.
There is one main benefit of this method. It will save you the trouble of adjusting the position of your images once you’ve finished typing. For example, let’s say you are writing about a mountain and you have a picture of the mountain next to your text. By selecting the ‘Move with text’ option, you can make sure that this text and image are always together.
Here are the steps for this method.
Step 1: Choose either the ‘Warp text’ or ‘Break text’ options.
First, choose either the ‘Wrap text’ or ‘Break text’ options. Doing this will allow you to set your image to move with the text.
Step 2: Select ‘Move with text.’
When you select one of the above two options, the ‘Move with text’ option should appear.
You can click on this option to see the drop-down menu for image positions. If you want to be more precise about the position of your image in the document, click on ‘Position options’. This will open a panel to the right of the screen.
Here, you can set the position of your image relative to the top left of the paragraph.
(Optional) Step 3: Change other image settings.
The great thing about Google Docs is that it allows you to format your image however you want. Hence, you can also change other things about your image.
One example is size: you can simply drag the anchors on the image to adjust its size in any direction.
You can also rotate the image using the circular anchor at the top of the image.
Another setting you can change is the distance between your images and the text. This is known as the margin. To change the margin, just click on the image, then the margin drop-down menu.
Then, select one of the options from this menu.
Method 3: Using one of the alignment options (left, centre, and right)
Another way of changing the position of the images in a document is by changing its alignment.
The default alignment for most documents is left, but you can change it.
Follow these steps to change the alignment of your image.
Step 1: Make sure that the ‘In line’ option is selected.
You can change the alignment of your image only if the ‘In line’ option is selected. If the ‘Wrap text’ or ‘Break text’ options are selected, you cannot change the alignment of only your image. You also have to change the alignment of your text.
Step 2: Place your image on a separate line.
Next, you have to ensure that your image is on a separate line from your text. This will allow you to change the alignment of only the image and not your text.
To do this, just press enter to create a new line and place your image on that line.
Step 3: Click on the image and change the alignment option.
Next, click on your image. A toolbar will appear at the top of your screen.
Here, you will also find this icon to change the alignment of your image. Click on it and select the option you want.
Method 4: Copying/cutting and pasting the images
Another simple method of moving images in your Google Docs document is using copy/cut and paste.
This method is especially useful if you have a really long document. It makes it easy to move your images across several pages. You can just copy or cut your image and paste it in the location you want. This would take much less time and effort than dragging the images across the pages.
There are also several ways of copying/cutting and pasting images. You can use the keyboard shortcut, right-click or go to the ‘Edit’ tab. You can go for the method that is most convenient for you.
Here are the steps for this method.
Step 1: Click on the image you would like to move and copy/cut it.
First, click on the image you would like to move. Then, use one of the methods for copying or cutting it.
The keyboard shortcut for copying the image is Control + C (Command + C for Mac users). For cutting images, it is Control + X (Command + X).
You can also right-click on the image and choose either of these options.
Another way is to click on the ‘Edit’ tab at the top left corner of the screen and select the ‘Copy’ or ‘Cut’ options.
Step 2: Paste the image anywhere in the document.
Then, locate the place where you would like to paste the image. Then, click on Control + V (or Command + V if you’re on a Mac) to paste it.
You can also paste the image by right-clicking on it or by going to the ‘Edit’ tab.
This brings us to the end of the article! Since we’ve covered a lot today, here is a brief summary of everything we’ve learned today.
There are four methods you can use to move images in your Google Docs document. First, you can just click on the image and drag it across the screen.
You can also use one of the position options to make sure that your image moves with your text. This will save you the effort of having to move your images when you are done typing.
Another way to change the position of your images is to change their alignment. If you don’t want to change the alignment of your text along with your image, make sure to select the ‘In line’ option. Then, put the image on a separate line.
Lastly, you can also copy or cut and paste the image anywhere in the document. This is useful if you have a really long document.
Thank you for reading!