You can’t download an image from Google Docs simply by right-clicking and selecting download or save. But there are a few different workarounds you can use, including:
- Publishing to the web
- Using Google Keep
- Downloading as a web page (File > Download > Webpage)
If you need more help, this guide will cover each of these methods step by step with screenshots.
How to Download an Image From Google Docs
Unfortunately, it’s not as easy to download an image as it is to add an image. Google Docs doesn’t have a feature that allows you to download doc images directly to your computer.
So, the simplest way to download an image to your computer is to navigate to File > Download > Webpage (.html, zipped) and then find the image in the downloaded files.
But this isn’t the only way to do it. Read on to see this method in action with screenshots as well as two other ways to save pictures from Google Docs.
Save Image From Google Docs Using Publish to Web
The publish to web feature in Google Docs allows you to open the document in your browser tab. This creates a link to the document, which can then be embedded into a website or shared using Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, and other social websites. Here is how to save an image from Google Docs using the publish to web feature:
- Head over to Google Docs in your web browser and open the document you want to save the image from.
- Click the File button in the main toolbar in the main doc edit screen. This will open a drop-down menu.
- Here, click the Share button and then the Publish to web option. A new window will show up in the middle of the screen.
- Go to the Link tab and then click on the blue Publish button. You will be shown a prompt for confirmation. Here, click the OK button.
- A textbox will now be shown instead of the publish button, which shows a link you can copy. Double-click the link and copy it using the Ctrl+ C keyboard shortcut.
- Now, open a new browser tab, paste the link into the URL bar using the Ctrl+ V keyboard shortcut, and press Enter. The published document will be loaded.
- Now, scroll to find the image you wish to download to your computer and right-click on it. There, click on the Save image as button.
- You can then select the location where you wish to save the image, and your browser will download the image.
- (Optional) To unpublish the document, Click on File and then on Share. Here, click on the Publish to web option. Go to the Published content & settings tab in the window and click on the Stop publishing option.
Save an Image From Google Docs to Google Keep
Google Keep is another service by Google that allows you to take notes and save your Sheets, docs, and images on the cloud. These notes can then be accessed anywhere. Here is how to save images from Google Docs to Keep:
- Open Google Docs in your web browser and open the document from which you wish to save the image.
- Find the image and right-click on it, opening a drop-down menu.
- Click on View more options here, which will show an expanded options list.
- Click on the Save to Keep option here. This will open the Google Keep sidebar and automatically add the image to a new note.
- Now, open a new browser tab and open Google Keep. You will see a list of the created notes on the main screen. The newly created note will be towards the top left of the grid. Click on it to expand it.
- Right-click the image here and click the Save image as button in the drop-down menu.
- Select the location where you wish to save the file in the local file explorer. Once selected, the file will be downloaded onto your computer.
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Download an Image From Google Docs as Webpage
If your document has multiple images in one file, downloading them one by one using the previously mentioned methods can be time-consuming. Thankfully, Google Docs allows you to download a document as a webpage in HTML format. This will download the document in a ZIP file that consists of two parts. One is the HTML text file, while the other is a folder containing all the document’s images.
Here is how to download images as a webpage:
- Open the document you wish to save the image from.
- Click on File in the main toolbar to open a drop-down menu.
- Click Download here and then select the Web Page (.html, zipped). This will download a zipped file onto your computer.
- Now, locate the file in your file explorer and extract it. Windows 11 has a built-in file archiver tool which you can use by right-clicking the file and then clicking on Extract all.
- Open the extracted folder and head into the images folder to locate all the images from the document.
The images in the folder won’t be arranged as in the document, and they will be assigned a random image number.
Save Image From Google Docs on Mobile
You can copy an image from Google Docs on mobile and paste it into a notes app on your phone to save it. On iOS, you can save the image into the native Notes app. However, Android manufacturers often install different apps which may not have the functionality to save the image. For this example, we are using the Samsung Notes app, which does have this feature.
Here is how to save an image from Google Docs to Mobile:
- Open Google Docs on mobile and open the document from which you want to save the image.
- Click the image, which will show a selection menu. Here, click on the Copy button.
- Now, head to the notes app and click the New note icon. This will create a new blank note.
- Press and hold in an empty space showing extended options in the new note screen.
- Click on the Paste button to add the image to the new note.
- Click on the image to show the options.
- Click on the vertical ellipsis icon to show extra options, and click on the Save image button, which will save the image to the gallery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Download an Image From a Google Doc?
Google Docs doesn’t have a built-in option to save an image locally. However, many workarounds allow you to save an image from docs. You can download the entire document as a web page or save the image to Google keep. You can also download images by publishing the document and saving the image from the published page.
Why Can’t I Download Images From Google Docs?
Right now, Google hasn’t added a feature to save the image directly. However, there are other workarounds to this that you can use to download an image to your computer. The quickest is to navigate to (File > Download > Webpage) and find the image in the downloaded zip file.
Although it’s not as simple as it should be, it’s still fairly straightforward to download an image from Google Docs. Each of the three methods we mentioned above only takes a few clicks. If you found this article useful, check out our related content below. This article was edited with Grammarly you can improve your writing by adding it to your Google Docs too.