I have a Google Drawings amongst my Google Docs files with a huge canvas. The shape I drew within the image is a lot smaller than the canvas though.

How can I tell Google Drawings automatically to shrink the size of the canvas to fit the size of my shape?

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There is no way to do this automatically. The best way to do this would be to zoom to a level that allows you to quickly resize the canvas appropriately.

Go to View > Select zoom size (in or out or %) > use the drag-able corner in the bottom right of the canvas to resize the canvas.

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    This handle does not appear to be available when creating a drawing directly inside a Google Doc. It only shows for me when I create a standalone drawing. :-(
    – Simon East
    Nov 24, 2016 at 3:28

Click on the canvas and at the bottom right you will see a handle that will let you resize the canvas. enter image description here

I select my completed drawing and move it into the top left corner of the canvas, click on the canvas, and then I grab the canvas handle and resize it fit my drawing.

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    This is great, but it seems there is a limit to how small you can make the canvas, i am trying to create an svg icon, so it is not ideal as i can't make the canvas match the, smaller, icon size. Jun 27, 2019 at 6:14

You can try and manually fit the image with File → Page Setup → Custom


The best way to do this unintuitive: you should set the canvas to the size you want using the "Page Setup" menu described in Jaden's answer then resize the image to fit the canvas. You don't resize the canvas to fit the image.

To prove that this works, I set the canvas to 150x150px in size and pasted a picture I have that is the same size (150x150px) into it. The image that appeard in the google drawing was smaller than the canvas. Turns out, google draw resized images that you paste into it. When I downloaded the image it's size was 150x150px, but the contents of the image had shrunk and had a white border around it. I then took the image in the google drawing, expanded it to fit the google canvas (the image snaps to the edge of the canvas when you bring it close enough), and redownloaded it. The download was an exact copy of the image I started with.

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