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I've got a drawing I made in SVG format, and I'd like to include it in a Google document I'm writing. I tried uploading the SVG file, but it only lets me view it, not edit it.

Any Google searches for uploading SVG to Google Docs find lots of people asking for the feature, but no hints of how to do it. Is it impossible for now?

Is there any API for Google drawings? Any way to create a Google drawing other than dragging a mouse around on their web site? I tried uploading an OpenOffice text document that included a drawing, but the drawing got removed.

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Well, convert that .svg into a .wmf file.

I used InkScape and UniConverter.

More info: Google Docs Official Blog Post: Import WMF files into Google drawings

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The blog post you linked to has changed address. The new link is:… – mbaird May 20 at 16:47
@mbaird Updated the link. Thank you! – MyPreciousss May 20 at 20:05

You can upload your SVG file to and then there is an automatic conversion to WMF / EMF on the clipart page.

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I found that converting my drawing to a WMF allowed it to be converted into a Google Doc.

I had to export my ODF as a WMF. Then after uploading it to my Google Drive, I could right-click and open it as a Google Drawing.

There were some problems where my original drawing used a gradient fill and the conversion turned the gradient fill into a collection of individual lines in the converted drawing.

So the workflow for migrating a drawing from OpenOffice would be:

  • Isolate the vector drawing as a OpenOffice Draw document. (avoid complex fill patterns)
  • Export the drawing as a WMF
  • From Google Drive, upload the file If you don't have automatic conversion enabled,right-click and convert to Google Doc

I haven't yet worked out a clean workflow for converting OpenOffice docs with embedded drawings. I have a feeling that it's not that easy with Google Drive so far.

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