Five Easy Ways to Download an Image from Google Docs

Learn five easy ways to download images from Google Docs.I love using Google Drive for collaborating with our team. We can create folders, documents, and spreadsheets that everyone can access, share or edit. It streamlines our processes greatly. But the one thing I find really frustrating is that once a team member loads an image to a Google Doc, you can’t just right click and do a Save As. There is no easy way to get those images out of there!

My original solution for downloading images from Google Doc doesn’t work any more. So I’ve been doing some research and I’ve discovered a few nifty ways to work around this problem:

Favorite Method: Copy the Image in Google Docs and Paste it into Gmail

Open an email to yourself and copy and paste the image in the body of the text. You have to send it to yourself and then  you can download it from there. (I’ve only tried using my gmail account, so I don’t know if it works in other services.) Yeah! Easy Peasy!

Other methods for saving an image from Google Docs

1. Publish the Doc to the web

  • In your Google Doc, click on File > Publish to the web > Publish > OK. 
  • On the next screen, you’ll get the public link to the Doc. Copy it.
  • Open a new tab in your browser and paste the link.
  • The document will open and you can right-click the image you want. Choose “Open Image in New Tab” to isolate that image.
  • Right-click it again, and choose “Save Image As” to download the full-sized image to your computer.
  • In the same popup box that gave you the link, you have the option to unpublish it – Published Content & Settings > Stop Publishing > OK
  • Uncheck the box “automatically republish when changes are made”.

2. Save it as an HTML file (good for multiple images)

In Docs, go to File > Download as > Web Page >look for zipped file in your downloads>Click on the Zipped File>Extract all

Click on the Image Folder. And there they! Add your SEO to them and you’re ready to unload to you website.

Step 1

When downloading an image from Google Docs, then first step is to save it as a web page

Step 2

Step 3



3. Use an Image Extractor add-on

  • In Docs, go to Add-ons > Get add-ons > enter “Image Extractor” in the search boxInstall the add-on, and allow it access your Google account.
  • Again in your Doc, go to Add-ons > Image Extractor > Start.
  • Choose the image you want to download, name it in the text box appearing to the right, and click Download image. 

4. Take Screenshots

If you have high resolution images, you can do screenshots of them. From my PC, I paste the screenshot into Paint and Crop and Resize it so it deletes anything I don’t want showing.

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