Given a URL to an image, how can I easily insert images into cells into Google Sheets and then have the full images viewable on hover?

I'll be doing this on the fly with many images throughout the day, so the fewer clicks, the better.

I have tried Chrome extensions like ImageHover and Imagus, but neither seem to work with either inline or linked images within cells.

  • Clearly still lacking a way to zoom in-cell images.
    – Jonny
    Commented Mar 18, 2020 at 14:31

2 Answers 2

  • you can insert URL into a cell in this or similar format https://i.sstatic.net/GV4QM.png
    and then hover over hovered link


  • or you can insert an image into a cell and make it active:
    and then hover over a hovered link (notice the mouse cursor)



  • Any idea why this wouldn't be working? Commented Jan 9, 2019 at 23:12
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    Ah, you need to open a new window for it to work. Might be worth adding this note to your answer. Thank you! +1 Commented Jan 9, 2019 at 23:15
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    Doesn't work anymore.
    – Nux
    Commented Oct 17, 2020 at 0:15
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    It seems you can now only hover to see Google Drive images, and not external images, and it also just shows a small fixed-size image.
    – NotThatGuy
    Commented Apr 6, 2023 at 20:27

I am able to insert links and get the image to pop up, however, when I have multiple links to images in one spreadsheet the add-on will show the image associated with the first link I hover over. When I hover over different links to different images, it keeps showing the first image. I am using this on a plant database, where I can hover over each plant and show an image of it. I still have not gotten it to properly show, but it's so close!

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