How To Move An Image In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 21, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to move an image in Google Docs.

How To Move An Image In Google Docs

When working with documents in Google Docs, you may find the need to add images along with your text. While it is simple enough to insert images locally or from your Google Drive, it can be tricky to place the images where we want them. Luckily, Google Docs comes with several features to help you move an image around.

In this guide, we will show you how to do move an image in your document using your cursor and text alignment options. We will also cover the different text wrapping options and how these options can affect how your text interacts with your image when relocating it.

How to Move Images in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to move images in Google Docs.

Step 1

First, open the document that contains the image you want to move.

In the example above, we have a picture of a dog that we want to move elsewhere in our document.

Step 2

Click on the image with your cursor to select it.

Use your cursor to drag the photo to another part of your document. For example, you can choose to place the photo after the first paragraph.

You may also use the square sizing handles to adjust the size and the circular rotation handle to rotate the image.

Step 3

Another way to move the image is through the alignment options.

If the images text wrapping options is set to “In line”, you can choose to align the text to the left, center, or right side of the document.

Step 4

We can set the text wrapping option to Break text to give us more freedom to move the image around.

We can simply drag our image to any location in our page and the text will simply break between each line.

Step 5

Alternatively, we can set the text wrapping to Wrap text if you want Google Docs to use up the empty space on the sides of the image.

Step 6

We can also set the text wrapping of an image to either Behind text or In front of text

Both options will give you the freedom to place your image anywhere in the document, regardless of the current text alignment settings or margins.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to move an image in Google Docs.

You may make a copy of this sample document to test it out on your own.