Is it possible to save an image used in a Google Docs document to my local hard drive?

Image in Google Docs

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I don't know if you can do it directly.

If you have to do this one time, you can save the document on your hard drive and then save the image.

If you have to do this operation many time, you can try the Image Extractor add on for Chrome.

  • Presumably, you would then open the document in LibreOffice Writer or Microsoft Word and save the image from there? I know it's possible in LibreOffice Writer.
    – Flimm
    Commented Oct 12, 2021 at 9:00
  • The link to the Chrome extension is broken.
    – Flimm
    Commented Oct 12, 2021 at 9:01

You cannot do it directly, but here is a workaround using Google Drive:

  1. Copy the image (right click on the image and then copy) enter image description here
  2. Open up a new Drawing in Google Drive enter image description here
  3. Paste the image
  4. Download the image in whichever format you'd like enter image description here
  • This method probably performs unnecessary format conversions. For example, if the original image was in JPEG format, the saved one will likely have larger file size or lower image quality.
    – root
    Commented May 31, 2023 at 10:17

In Chrome (and probably similarly in other browsers):

  • Open Developer Tools by pressing F12
  • Click on the "Application" tab at the top. If you can't see that tab, click on the "≫" icon to show additional tabs.
  • In the left pane under "Frames", the relevant frame is probably called "top". Expand it (i.e. click on the triangle next to it in case it isn't pointing downwards yet).
  • In that menu, expand "Images"
  • Click on a listed image file name to see its preview on the right
  • In the preview, right click → "Save image as..."

enter image description here


As of July 2023 using Firefox on Ubuntu, I'm able to simply select (left-click) the image in Google Docs, then press Ctrl+C to copy, then open a local document in LibreOffice Writer and press Ctrl+V to paste. Now the image is shown in the LibreOffice Writer document, where I right-click it and choose Save, give it a filename, don't change anything on the screen about resolution, and click OK. I get the resulting image saved with no loss of quality.

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