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

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

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. It’s a ubiquitous way to create a document or presentation and easily share it or convert it to a PDF.

However, some of its functionalities – especially in Google Docs – aren’t always obvious to the user. It’s worth explaining some details of how to use basic editing tools and highlight the keyboard shortcuts users should know.

Adding a picture to a Google Doc is simple, but do you know how to rotate the image from landscape orientation to portrait orientation?

That’s what we’re going to look at today.

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How to Rotate an Image in Google Docs

There are two ways to rotate an image in Google Docs. Let’s review both of them, so you have a solid understanding of how to complete the task efficiently.

Method 1 for Rotating an Image in Google Docs:

This is the simplest way to rotate an image in Google Docs:

  1. From the top toolbar, select “Insert.”
  2. Select “Image” from the dropdown menu.
  3. Choose where you want to pull the image from. Options include uploading from your computer, Google Drive, or Google Photos. You can also insert an image from a URL. It will take you to a dialog box where you can choose.
You can upload an image under the option "Insert".
You can upload an image under the option “Insert”.
  1. 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.
The blue border is the indicator that the image has been selected and can now be edited.
The blue border is the indicator that the image has been selected and can now be edited.

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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5. Rotate the image by clicking and dragging in whichever direction you want. Let go of the mouse. If you only want it to move small amounts at a time, hold down the “Shift” button.

Double check your image has rotated successfully. And you’re all set!

It’s simple, and once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to edit and rotate images within the document with ease.

Now, let’s examine a slightly more complicated way to perform a basic image editing process like an image rotation in a Google Doc.

Method 2 for Rotating an Image in Google Docs:

This method has a few more steps and isn’t as clear-cut as the first.

However, it’s beneficial to know a few different ways to manipulate an image file in case you are working with a different page orientation you aren’t used to.

Let’s start again at the top of the Google Document.

1. From the top toolbar, select “Insert.”

2. Select “Drawing” from the dropdown menu that appears on the right. Then click “New.”

3. Select the highlighted “Image” icon in the dialog box. The image icon is located on the right side of the toolbar at the top of the dialog box.

4. Choose where you want to pull the image from. Options include uploading from your computer, Google Drive, or Google Photos. You can also insert 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.

This is where you can find the option to upload an image.
This is where you can find the option to upload an image.

5. 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. Once you’re done, select “OK.”

You can upload an image using a URL under the "By URL" tab.
You can upload an image using a URL under the “By URL” tab.

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

7. Hit the “Save and Close” button. 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, allows 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.

Conclusion

Rotating images in Google Docs is a skill that every writer needs to know.

With two different methods to choose from, it can’t be easier to make the edit.

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

All that’s left to say is: spin away!

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