How to add stock images to Google Docs

Add some artwork to your documents for creative fliers, classroom materials and more.

Nicole Cozma
Nicole Cozma has an affinity for Android apps and devices, but loves technology in general. Based out of the Tampa Bay Area, she enjoys being a spectator to both sunsets and lightning storms.
Nicole Cozma

Google Docs has the ability to add stock images to enhance the creative feel of your documents.

If you're planning to design a flier for an event, creating classroom materials, or just want to add an image to a document you're writing, here are the steps to make it happen:

Step 1: Open a Web browser to your Google Docs account.

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Step 2: Click on either the Insert menu and then Image

 - OR - click the small icon that looks like a landscape picture with mountains.

Step 3: Choose Stock photos from the menu on the left.

Steps 3 and 4. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma

Step 4: Type the subject of the images you're seeking into the search box.

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Step 5: Click on a photo to highlight it and click the Select button in the bottom right-hand corner.

Image before resizing. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma

Step 6: Adjust the size of the image by clicking on it and then dragging the dots on the outline of the image.

Image after resizing and adjusted placement. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma

Step 7: Click and hold to drag the image somewhere else within the document.

For those who use Google Docs to write personal entries: the stock images are great for adding a visual to your memories when you don't have any of your own photos to include.