Colorful flowcharts can add great visual interest. Learn to insert a Google Drawing in Google Docs.
- [Instructor] You can create Google drawings to add directly into your docs. Google Drawings is a fantastic Google product that works great with docs because it lets you create things, like flow chart items. To create a Google drawing, click Insert from the top menu, hover your mouse over Drawing, and you can either choose to insert one that you've already created from Drive, or create a brand new one. Brand new is going to bring up the Google Drawing dialogue box. From here, you can add shapes, and even add text to those shapes. You can start with a base image, and mark it up. I'm going to click on Shapes, and from here, you can choose basic shapes, arrows, call outs, even equations. I'm going to choose a basic shape. Select your shape, and if you've ever taken any of my courses, you know I really like this one, although I couldn't tell you why, It's good for examples. You can click and drag with your mouse to draw that shape. Once you've got the shape, you can click on the paint can icon to change the color of it. You can even double-click on it, and add some text. I'll click and drag, and format this a little bit. You can make it bigger or smaller. And I can click the three dots to get some more text formatting options. For example, making it bold-facing it, and centering it within the shape. I can then take that shape and move it around anywhere I want in this drawing. From here, you could either create another shape, or copy your existing one. You can hit Command or Control + C on your keyboard to copy it, and then again, Command or Control + V to paste it, depending on whether you're using a Windows or a Mac computer. I'm going to click and drag, and you'll notice while I'm dragging it, that this red line means that these pictures are going to be even, so it's a good time to let go. I can then change the text if I wanted to, and if I click away, I've got two nice, identical shapes. I'm going to put one more shape in between them. I'll click the Shape button, and this time I'll choose an equation. I'll choose one, and just like before, we click and drag with the mouse. I'll let go, and I'll click the paint can, and change the color of it. This is a pretty simple Google drawing, and to be quite honest, I'm not sure what it means for my document, but it's a great way to add flow charts and other illustrations to your documents. If I click Save and Close now, it's going to directly add it into my doc, and from here, because it's going to act just like an image, I can click once to select it, and now I can resize it, just like I could with an image. I can also change how it's wrapped within this doc. If I want to change it again, I can click Edit, to bring back that Google Drawing dialogue box. I'll click away from it and go back to my image, and now you'll see how nice and professional this has made my doc look.
- Creating, naming, saving, and editing docs
- Formatting text
- Creating a table of contents
- Inserting images and tables
- Copying, renaming, and moving docs
- Publishing docs on the web
- Sharing docs
- Translating docs
- Using Google Docs on mobile devices