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Is there some ways to make some drawings connnected to each other?

Let's say I have drawn a series of graphs about manga creation. Every graph is about a single topic of that kind, and it's on a single drawing file. Now I want to make these graphs interconnected in ...
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Why can I not use autofit on shapes?

I'd like to have the shapes resize with text. There seems to be an option to accomplish this, but it's greyed out. How can I enable autofit for my shapes?
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How can I identify a Google Sheets drawing in Google Apps Script?

I use Google Sheets to produce simple quizzes for students. Instead of just having a cell display <Good!> when a kid enters a correct answer, I'd like to make a drawing pop up. A sports fan ...
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Is it possible to use a Google Sheets formula to control the value inside of an inserted text box (drawing)?

For aesthetic/design reasons I would like to be able to have the value of a COUNTA calculation be shown as inserted text (ie outside of a cell and can be arbitrarily dragged and dropped). Is this ...
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How to download Google Drawings files 'raw' from Google Drive?

When creating a file in Google Drawings, the file is saved in Google Drive. As "backup", I would like to download a drawing from Google Drive in a format that I can later upload again and open and ...
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Turn off snap-to in Google Drawings

How do I turn off "snap-to" in Google Drawings? I have a ton of shapes with snapped lines to other shapes, and every time I need to rearrange shapes or drag a line elsewhere or want a line to end at ...
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Inserted drawings blurry when compared to adjacent text in Google Docs

Creating and inserting a new drawing via the inbuilt Drawing tool (Insert > Drawing > New) in Google Docs results in images of noticeably lower resolution when compared to adjacent text, both within ...
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Map Axis Numeric Values to Strings

I have time series data reviewing the quality of an item. The ratings are on a 1-5 scale ranging from "Very Bad" to "Very Good". How can I define this mapping so that instead of seeing marks for 1, ...
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Dynamic Sized Image in Google Sheets For Printing Based On Cell

I've made a calculator with Google Sheets to make it easier for Olympic shooters to train at home. The data that it produces is very helpful, but I would like to make it easier for the users to print ...
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Can I see how many pixels wide and long my image is in Google Drawings?

Is there a way to see how many pixels wide and long my image is in Google Drawings?
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How to skew text in Google drawings?

In Google Drawings how can I skew text? Make it lean over to the left or right? I tried dragging the little blue dot but it just rotates the whole text.
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Fit text box to the text in Google Drawings [closed]

I would like to fit every box to the text. Seems like not an option in Format. Is this a missing feature?
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Can you add/remove points from a polyline in Google Drawings?

In Google Drawings you can create a polyline, which is a line with points in it where the line can be "bent." Once you've created the polyline with some number of points, you can edit the polyline to ...
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Can't resize Google drawing

There is no "grab bar" in the lower right corner of the drawing as is falsely described if I Google the problem. I'm trying to make my drawing larger but there is no way to resize the canvas area, ...
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How to draw a rhombus, where the angle of the sloping side is user-defined, using Google Drawings

I'm trying to draw a rhombus using Google Drawings. I start by selecting the parallelogram shape, then draw it with the Shift key down. This creates a rhombus, but with the angle of the sloping side ...
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Draw an array with Google Drawings

I read in a reddit post that Brian and Alan used Google Drawings to create the drawings in The Go Programming Language. I'd like to learn how easily to draw an array like the one shown below: It's ...
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Can I add custom connectors on Google Drawings shapes?

Google Drawings has handy connector points on most shapes. But sometimes there aren't connectors where I want, and complex drawings become really hard to work with as I'm resizing and moving things ...
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How to select smaller objects without selecting larger covered object in Slides or Drawings?

Create a new Google Slides in Google Drive. Add three boxes: Box1 is a larger box, inside of it are two smaller boxes, Box2 and Box3: Then try to select just Box2 and Box3, without also selecting ...
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View a ruler in Google Drawings

I am trying to draw an image as follows, using Google Drawings: I need these lines to be equidistant. Currently, I did that by using a square from top to first marking line. For this to be easy, I ...
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In Google Drawings, how do I put a ^ or a ~ over a letter?

Can I do this in Google Drawings without having to mess around with importing images? I don't suppose there's a way of getting LaTeX in Google drawings?
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Is it possible to create multi-page drawings in Google Drawings?

I've been through all of the controls, but I don't see anything that would allow creating a new page. I have a group of related drawings that I'd like to put in a single package. My current Plan B ...
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Is it possible to attach a label to a line in the Google Drawings app?

Is there a way to attach a label to a line (straight or curved) in a Google drawing, so if the line is moved to a different location the label automatically goes with it? I can place a textbox next ...
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Insert Google Drawings into Gmail body

I am using Yet Another Mail Merge with Google Spreadsheets and Gmail and it works just as expected. But I am also trying to add a Google Drawings into the email body, so I would have more flexibility ...
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How to control placement of asymmetric image masks in Google Sheets or Drawings

Google Sheets and Drawings allow the use of vector masks over images from any of their standard vector shapes. Some of these shapes are asymmetric, but I cannot figure out how to change the ...
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When updating a Google Drive Drawings on desktop web app, does iOS version update automatically?

I've done a markup in Google Drive Drawings on my computer in the browser. I'm talking to someone on the phone while they are looking at the drawing on their iOS device, do the drawings live update, ...
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Is it possible to insert text from a Google spreadsheet into a text box in a Google document?

I need to insert text into a template that contains multiple text boxes in a variety of orientations. I can do that by inserting a text box from Google Drawings into a Google Doc and formatting it to ...
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Is it possible to set an exact document size in Google Docs?

I am specifically using Google Drawings. I cannot find any options or ways to do this.
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Is there an option for a semitransparent text background in Google Drawings?

I am making announcements in Google Drawings and the text isn't as visible as I want. Is there a way to make the text background color semitransparent?
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Connectors (lines and arrows) in Google Drawings

When creating a flowchart in Visio I can choose how connectors will be rendered as: right-angle straight curved But when drawing the same chart in Google Drawings there only seems to be straight ...
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In copy/paste, Google Docs says "These actions are unavailable via the Edit menu, but you can still use Ctrl C" etc?

When selecting copy/paste from the right-click menu, why does Google Docs pop up a dialog to say: Copying and Pasting in Google Docs with the message: These actions are unavailable via the Edit ...
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How do I fit a Google Drawings canvas to actual shapes?

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 ...
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Font or Word Art in Google Drawings

I have a drawing in Google Docs. I want to change the font of a text box. Looking at the help page How to use text in drawings, I see that apparently the only way to change the font is to use Word Art....
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Import SVG files to Google Docs as a drawing

I've 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 ...
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Is there a way to obtain an embed link for a Google Drawings?

I have a drawing in Google Docs Drawings, and I would like to embed a PNG/GIF of it in a web page, but I would like the embedded image to remain up to date with any changes made to the drawing. Is ...
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How can I transfer the formatting of an object to another in a Google Drawings?

In a Google Docs Drawings, how can I transfer the orange background and red outline of the box on the left to the other boxes, e.g. with something like a "format transfer" icon (the broom) in Excel ...
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