How do you download images from Google Docs?
It’s one of those questions that you don’t even bother to ask—until it has lost you ten minutes of trying to figure out how.
If you’ve found your way here, you should be looking for easy ways to do download photos attached to a Google Document and save it to your Desktop.
Frankly, Google didn’t make it very easy. But there are quicker and much easier workarounds.
On this post, we’re going to explore five ways you can download images from Google Docs.
How to download images from Google Docs
Method 1: Using the Image Extractor add-on
This is most definitely the fastest way you can lift that precious photo off of a G-Doc. Mainly because it only involves one step.
That is installing the Image Extractor add-on.
To review, the Image Extractor is part of Google’s Labs project—Google’s mini software experiments that pair with their mainline services, including Docs, Gmail, and others—which allows users to save and download photos embedded to Google Doc.
To install it, simply go to the Add-ons navigation bar, then hit Get Add-ons.
Once you’ve installed it, simply go to Add-ons > Image Extractor > Start. That will automatically scrape the images from your document.
Some users, however, report that the add-on sometimes doesn’t work. In that case, you can use a similar add-on called Image Extractor and Remover, which works almost exactly the same as the aforementioned add-on.
Method 2: Using screenshots
This is a no-brainer, but users point to the use of screenshots. I know. It’s pretty simple, huh?
And guess what? It works well!
If you’re trying to extract photos that shouldn’t be quality-sensitive (e.g. Illustrative figures, e-signatures, etc.), then you’d be able to get by with using screenshots.
To do this, simply use your computer’s screenshot hotkey. That will depend on your machine, but here are the two most common ones.
- For Windows, hit the PrtScn key.
- For Mac, hit Cmd + Shift + 4
Of course, you can also use third-party services like Marker.io—which I use mainly for the convenient features like adding notations and the ability to save all your screenshots in one place.
Method 3: Publishing to the web, then saving the images
If there are only a handful of images you wish to extract, then this method might work for you.
The idea is to publish the Google Doc on the web. That will convert the Google Doc into a bona fide web page, allowing you—finally—to save the images in it.
To do this, you’ll have to go to File > Publish to the web.
You will then be prompted to hit “Publish” and confirm your action.
Then, you’ll receive a link, which you can copy and paste to a different tab. Load that up, and by right-clicking on the images, and hitting Save Image As…, you’ll be able to save the photos.
If your document contains personal and/or sensitive information, you can revert the publish back at any time by hitting the “Published content & settings” toggle and hitting the “Stop publishing” button. That menu may be accessed thru File > Publish on the web.
Method 4: Downloading as a zipped .html file to save the images to your desktop
If you’re downloading loads of photos from a large Google Document, it might be wise to download the Doc as a zipped .html file.
What it does is it compresses the document into a .zip file containing the Doc’s .html file and assets, which include the photos. Doing this will get you a whole folder of images and from there you can simply pick the one(s) you need.
To do this method, go to File > Download as… > Web Page (.html, zipped).
Once you have the .zip file downloaded, you will need a file extractor like 7zip or WinRAR. Right-click on the file, then hit Extract.
This will load the .html file as well as a folder containing all your images.
Method 5: Downloading as a .docx file to copy/cut images using Microsoft Word
If you have a copy of Microsoft Word, you can download the Google Doc as a .docx file and later copy/cut the images.
To do so, you’ll have to go to File > Download as… > Microsoft Word (.docx).
Once downloaded, boot up your Microsoft Word and load your downloaded .docx file. Using the MS Word UI, right-click on the images, then hit Copy or Cut. Then use the photo anywhere you need it.
Though undoubtedly robust, Google Docs has a fair share of shortcomings.
I don’t need to reiterate this, but a simple Save Image As… function can give our work lives wonders and definitely save us plenty of time when we need to download images from Google Docs.
But in the meantime, we’ll have to make do with the above methods.
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