If you want to insert an image in Google Sheets, you can place one directly into a cell to save space or create just the right look.
A spreadsheet can contain more than just numbers and text. For instance, you might create a chart to display your data visually. Another way you can improve the visual impact of your Google Sheets spreadsheet is to insert an image.
One advantage of Google Sheets over Microsoft Excel is that Google Sheets allows you to insert an image directly into a cell. Sheets will resize the image to fit the cell, no matter where you place it. You can also move an existing image into a cell or add one on top of multiple cells.
If you want to know how to insert an image into a cell in Google Sheets, here’s what you’ll need to do.
How to Insert an Image Into a Cell in Google Sheets
You can insert any image into any cell in Google Sheets in just a few steps.
To insert an image into a Google Sheets cell:
- Open your sheet and select an empty cell.
- Click Insert in the menu, then hover over the Image sub-menu.
- Select Image in cell from the pop-out menu.
- Locate and select the image you want to use, then click Insert. You can upload one from your device, use your camera, enter a URL, grab one from Google Photos or Drive, or perform a Google image search.
You’ll see the image appear inside the cell, sized to fit. If you make the cell larger or smaller, the image will automatically adjust.
How to Move an Image Into a Cell in Google Sheets
Images in Google Sheets can appear inside or outside of a cell. If you already have an image in your sheet that you’d like to move into a cell, Google Sheets gives you the ability to do so.
To move an image into a Google Sheets cell:
- Select the cell that you want to move the image into.
- Next, select the image and click the three dots icon in the top right.
- In the menu, choose Put image in selected cell.
The image will then move into the cell you selected. Google Sheets will resize the image to fit the cell dimensions.
How to Insert an Image Over Cells in Google Sheets
If you decide that you’d rather place an image on top of multiple cells rather than place it inside of a single cell, you can do so.
To insert an image on top of cells in Google Sheets:
- Click Insert in the menu and move your cursor to the Image menu.
- Select Image over cells from the pop-out menu.
- Locate and select the image you want to use, then click Insert.
When the image appears in your sheet, it will appear at its original size and not attached to any cell. You can select and move the image or drag it from a corner or edge to resize it.
This gives you the freedom to place the image wherever you like inside your sheet.
Working With Images in Google Sheets
Google Sheets makes it easy to insert images into your spreadsheet. Whether you insert one in a cell or decide to drop it on top, you have options—follow the steps above to get the job done.
If you want to place other items inside a cell, you could use sparklines in Google Sheets. These mini charts are ideal if you need to save space, using just a single cell to display them.