Google Suite has taken over the word processing industry, specifically in the world of business.

Its ability to support documents on the internet, not through downloaded software, makes it ideal to share documents between company.

The Suite eliminates compatibility issues between software programs. Its shared editing features which update in real-time make it unmatched by its competitors, and its usage is growing by the day.

However, some of its functionalities – especially in Google Docs – aren’t always obvious to the user, so it’s worth explaining some details of how to use basic tools.

Let’s start with rotating pictures in Google Docs.

How to Rotate an Image in Google Docs

There are two ways to rotate an image in Google Docs.  The first one is short.


Method 1 for rotating an image in Google Docs:

  • Step 1: From the top toolbar, select “Insert.”
  • Step 2: Select “Image” from the dropdown menu.
  • Step 3: Choose where you want to pull the image from. Options include uploading from your computer, uploading from Google Drive or Google Photos, or inserting an image from a URL. It will take you to a dialog box where you can choose where you want to bring your image from.

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  • Step 4: Once the image is inserted in the document, make sure it’s selected and surrounded by a blue border with square handles on the corners. If not, click on the image. When the image is selected, the blue border will appear and a small blue circle will appear at the top.

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The small blue circle will appear as an extension of the border at the top. See the video below for a live-action example.

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  • Step 5: Rotate the image by click on it with your mouse sweeping the mouse in whichever direction you want the image to rotate. Let go of the mouse. If you only want it to move small amounts at a time, hold down the “Shift” button.
  • Step 6: Double check your image has rotated successfully.

Method 2 for rotating an image in Google Docs:

  • Step 1: Log in to Google Drive and select your chosen Google Doc.
  • Step 2: Navigate to the “Insert” tab in the Google Doc toolbar.
  • Step 3: Select “Drawing” from the dropdown menu that appears on the right, then “New.”

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  • Step 4: From the dialog box that appears on the screen, select the highlighted “Image” icon on the right side of the toolbar at the top of the dialog box.

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The dialog box.

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The image icon.

  • Step 5: You have a few choices here. You can upload an image from your computer, take a snapshot, or enter a photo’s URL. You can also upload from Google Photos “Your albums” or Google Drive. You can drag your file to this box. If you select “upload,” it will open a dialog box and you can find your image from your files.

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  • Step 6: For the URL method, copy-paste the URL of your desired image. If it’s not online, share it online using social media or another platform so you can right-click on the image to choose “Copy Image URL.” Back at the Google Drawing dialog box, paste or type the URL in the “Image URL” section.

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  • Step 7: Once you’re done, select “OK.”
  • Step 8: There should be a text/image box in the checkered portion of the dialog box.

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At the top and slightly above the border, there will be a small blue circle. The same rules for rotating the image mentioned in step 5 of the first method apply.

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  • Step 9: Hit the “Save and close” button.
  • Step 10: Double-check that the rotated image appears correctly within your document in the desired location.

That’s it!  Method one is a bit easier if you have an image you want to rotate just within the document.  

Method 2, the Google Drawing Method, can allow you to rotate not just the image orientation, but the actual image within the text box itself.  It just depends on what you need to do.

Wordable has a comprehensive guide to Google Doc functionalities that can explain other Google Doc features in depth as well.

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