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How to download images from Google Docs?

Google’s online suite of cloud-based productivity apps comes in really handy for anyone from a student to a working professional. The ability to open a browser tab and start typing away in Google Docs offers unparalleled ease of use.

However, if you’re dealing with a doc with images you need to use somewhere else, the process becomes a bit cumbersome as Google Docs doesn’t exactly allow you to download an image from the editor itself.

In this article, we’re going over five ways you can download images from a Google Doc.

Also read: How to edit Google Docs, Sheets and Slides offline?


Save the image to Google Keep

One of the easiest methods to extract an image from a Google Doc is to save the image to Google Keep and download it from there. This doesn’t require any other add on and can be done in a few clicks.

Step 1: Right click on the image you want to save and click on Save to Keep.

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Step 2: The Google Keep pane will open on the right side. Right-click the image and select Save image as.

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Step 3: Save As window will open. Just select the location for the image, type in a name and click Save. Your image will download straight away.

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Also read: How to make Google Docs landscape?


Using the Publish to the Web feature

This method can come in really handy if you have multiple images to extract from the document. 

Step 1: Click on File and select Publish to the Web from the menu.

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Step 2: Select the Link tab and click on Publish.

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Step 3: You’ll be given a link to the published document. Open this link in a new tab.

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Step 4: Your document will now open as a webpage. Right-click on the image you want to save and click on Save image as.

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Also read: How to track changes in Google Docs?


Downloading the document as a web page

Google Docs gives users multiple options as to how they want to download their documents, including an option to download your document as a webpage. 

What this does is neatly categorises all your assets as you would on a webpage. Which means you get all your images in one folder. This is another great way to fetch multiple images from a Google Doc in no time. 

Step 1: Click on File, head over to Download and select Download as Web Page (.html, zipped)

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Step 2: Once the download finishes, extract the downloaded zip file to a suitable location.

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Step 3: Open the extracted folder, and you’ll see an images folder inside. This folder contains all the images that were there in the doc.

How to download images from Google Docs? | Candid.Technology

Note that you can also use this method to extract images from a doc on your smartphone. Just make sure you have a zip file extractor that can unzip the downloaded file.

Also read: How to change margins in Google Docs?


Use an add-on

One of the best features that gives Google Docs and edge is its ability to install add-ons, and sure enough, there’s one for extracting images as well. 

Step 1: Head over to your Google Doc, click on Add-ons and then Get add-ons.

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Step 2: Search for image extractor and download the add-on.

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Step 3: Once the add=on is installed, head over to Add-ons again; this time, select the Images Extractor & Remover add-on and click on Start.

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Step 4: The extractor will automatically detect any images in the doc and will present you with a few options on the right. You can either remove images, save them to Google Drive or download them as a zipped file.

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Note that the free version of this add=on only lets you work with four images at a time. If you need to extract more images, you’re going to have to upgrade to premium, which costs $6 for a single user or $30 for all users on your domain as a one-time fee.


Just take a screenshot

If you’re super lazy and the image size and resolution don’t really matter to you, the best way to go is to take a screenshot.

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If you don’t use any screenshot utilities, press Windows Key + Shift + S to open the brand new Snipping Tool in Windows 10 and crop out the area you need. Or you could press the Print Screen button on your keyboard and past the screenshot in something like Paint.

Also read: How to add or remove Strikethrough in Google Docs?


Extracting images from Google Docs on a smartphone

Apart from the one aforementioned method where you download the document as a web page and get all the images in a folder, you can also export the document as a link, open it in your phone’s web browser and download the images from there. 

This works exactly like publishing your document to the web.

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  • Open the doc on the Google Docs app and tap on the three vertical dots in the top right.
  • Tap on Share & export.
  • Tap on the Copy link.

Now head over to your smartphone’s browser.

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  • Paste the link in your browser of choice and load up the page.
  • Tap and hold the image, and a Download image option will appear on the screen.

Or you could just take a screenshot as well.

Also read: How to insert em dash in Google Docs?

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