Is there any way I can embed Google Drawing in a Google Doc?

The suggestion here doesn't seem to apply to a new version of Google Docs. First, it is not about embedding a drawing. Second, even though I can copy from Google Drawing, I can't paste it inside the Google Doc.

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There is a way to embed a google drawing on web or in another doc.

On the drawing doc:

  1. Choose Share -> Publish to the web... from the top right.

Copy this url it gives you.

Go to the other doc you want to embed it in:

  1. Insert -> Image
  2. Paste the public image url you published to above.

It will now be linked and updated as a image when you update the original drawing.

  • although the drawing does appear in Google Docs, but the image is not updated when the original drawing is updated.
    – Graviton
    Jan 25, 2011 at 12:23
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    @Graviton - it updates, but not in real-time, e.g. the page with the image on it needs to be refreshed - because the image isn't polled for changes. What will cause a change is when the viewer revisits the document or switches sheets in a spreadsheet. Jan 25, 2011 at 12:28
  • I have done such an experiment, but the image in Google Docs doesn't seem to be working. Here are the links. You can verify that the drawing and the docs are out of synch.
    – Graviton
    Jan 25, 2011 at 13:01
  • @Graviton, I have opened both the docs you linked to and they look exactly the same in sync. Perhaps you're on a network that caches more heavily - try Ctrl-F5? But this definitely works. Feb 2, 2011 at 8:50
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    Note, this does NOT work if the Google Drawing is marked as "Require viewers to sign in with their XXX account". I'm using this for work and can't mark everything public.
    – mfisch
    Mar 7, 2012 at 21:47

It works for me... see here... so I think the questions should maybe be why can't I embed a Google Drawing in a Google Doc when other people can? In that case, I don't know... perhaps you had Gears enabled and that's now causing a problem... perhaps you're still somehow using the old version?

  • are you enabling a new version of Google Docs? Also, what browser you use? I use google chrome
    – Graviton
    Jul 15, 2010 at 8:38
  • Hrm, in Spreadsheets, I have the option to switch back to the old one, but in a Document I don't have that option... maybe I'm still on the old version for some reason - I thought it had been rolled out to everyone now. I'm in Chrome too BTW.
    – x3ja
    Jul 15, 2010 at 9:04
  • The link in your reply is broken.
    – nimcap
    Aug 9, 2018 at 14:28

The only way I can get something to work is exporting the drawing to a PNG file locally and then importing it into Docs. You will need to crop the image to make it look good. If you update the drawing, you need to redo the procedure.

It appears that the SVG vector graphics format that Drawings can export to isn't supported by Docs.

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