How to Download Image from Google Doc: A Step-by-Step Guide


Matthew Burleigh

Downloading an image from a Google Doc might seem tricky at first, but it’s actually quite straightforward. All you need to do is to right-click on the image you want to save, click on ‘Save to Keep’, and then from Google Keep, download the image to your device. Let’s dive into the details so you can save those images without a hitch.

Step by Step Tutorial on How to Download Image from Google Doc

Before we go through the steps, it’s important to understand that Google Docs doesn’t have a direct ‘save image’ feature. But don’t worry, there’s a simple workaround that involves using another Google app, Google Keep.

Step 1: Open your Google Doc

Open the Google Doc that contains the image you want to download.

Step 2: Right-click on the image

Hover your mouse over the image, right-click on it, and select ‘Save to Keep’.

When you right-click on the image and click ‘Save to Keep’, a sidebar will appear on the right side of your screen. This sidebar is actually Google Keep, which is a note-taking service integrated into Google Docs.

Step 3: Open Google Keep in a new tab

Click on the ‘Open in Keep’ icon in the upper right corner of the sidebar.

This action will open Google Keep in a new tab of your browser with the image already saved as a note.

Step 4: Download the image from Google Keep

Hover over the image in Google Keep, click on the three dots (‘More’ options), and select ‘Download’.

Once you click ‘Download’, the image will be saved to your device’s default download location, typically the ‘Downloads’ folder, unless you’ve specified another location in your browser’s settings.

After completing these steps, you will have successfully downloaded the image from your Google Doc to your device.

Tips for Downloading Images from Google Docs

  • Always make sure you have the right to download and use the image, especially if it’s not your own content.
  • For higher quality images, check if the image is compressed in the Google Doc and try to get the original version.
  • If you’re on a mobile device, you might need to use the Google Keep app to download the image.
  • You can also use this method to save other types of content from your Google Doc to Google Keep.
  • Remember that you can organize your images in Google Keep by adding labels to them for easy retrieval.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I download multiple images at once from Google Docs?

No, you’ll need to repeat the process for each image you want to download. Google Docs doesn’t currently support batch downloading of images.

Do I need a Google Keep account to download images?

Yes, since the workaround involves using Google Keep, you’ll need to be signed into your Google account, which automatically gives you access to Google Keep.

Can I directly save the image to my computer without using Google Keep?

Unfortunately, Google Docs does not offer a direct ‘save as’ option for images. Using Google Keep is the quickest workaround.

What other methods can I use to download images from Google Docs?

You can also publish your document to the web and download images from there, or use add-ons that allow you to extract images.

Will the image quality be the same when downloaded?

The image quality should remain intact when using the ‘Save to Keep’ method. However, ensure the image isn’t compressed in the Google Doc for the best quality.


  1. Open the Google Doc with the image.
  2. Right-click on the image and select ‘Save to Keep’.
  3. Open Google Keep in a new tab.
  4. Download the image from Google Keep.


So, there you have it. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily download any image from a Google Doc to your device. While it might seem odd that such a common task requires a bit of a workaround, using Google Keep actually provides some additional benefits, such as easy organization and the ability to capture other types of content from your documents. Remember, the internet is vast, and there’s always more than one way to skin a cat—or in this case, download an image. While the method described here is quick and efficient, feel free to explore other options that might work better for you. Happy downloading, and may your Google Docs be ever fruitful and your image libraries ever-growing!

Matthew Burleigh

Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech content online for more than ten years. He enjoys writing about Google Docs in addition to many other applications and devices and has cumulatively covered Google’s word-processing application in hundreds of different articles.

He has been published on dozens of popular websites, and his works have accumulated millions of pageviews.
While focused primarily on tutorials and guides for popular electronics like the iPhone and iPad, as well as common applications like Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel, he covers topics across the entire technology spectrum.

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