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QG4 Google Docs: Graphics

4. Suite Tools


In previous Quests, you learned about Google Drive, how to use formatting tools in a document, how to share and collaborate and manage your files and folders.

In this Quest, you will learn how to rename a document, insert a picture, add a citation, insert a horizontal line, and hyperlink to a separate report or document. You will also learn a bit more about copyright and computer ethics.

I Can Statements

  • set a goal to learn and practice these new skills and reflect on what I learned
  • add graphics to my documents
  • ​add a hyperlink to my document
  • add a citation for the image source

Key Vocabulary

Citation: This is the information needed to give credit to, or locate, work(s) published or created (a book, paper, article, web site, artwork, composition, music file) by others.

Hyperlink: A Hyperlink is an element in a digital document that links to another place in the same document or to an entirely different document or website. It is typically activated by clicking on a highlighted or underlined word or image on the screen.

Play the Vocabulary Game below to practice the Key Vocabulary

You can change the Quiz mode to Match, Test, Learn, Flash Cards, Spell using the selection list at the bottom right of the activity that says "Choose a Study Mode." Direct Link

This video tutorial walks you through each of the Parts below.


Suggestion: Watch the video once through the entire set of directions, then replay it and pause the video as you expand and follow the directions in the three parts below.


1. Set a goal to learn and practice one or more of these skills:

  • renaming a document
  • using the Insert>Search the Web for photos, images, articles
  • downloading or uploading documents to your Drive space
  • adding credits for the graphics you use
  • adding a horizontal line or hyperlink

2. In Google Drive, open the poem document created in Quest One (4.Collaboration Robert Frost poem or what you named it).  

3. Renaming your document:


  • If you wish to rename a document (or forgot to name it), click on the title of it in the toolbar menu area.  Then rename it to 4.Q1xxx (your initials)

NOTE: If you are using Google Classroom use the name of the document that your teacher has assigned you. If the teacher has created an assignment, they most likely have chosen the option to Copy to all Students. You will automatically see your name and the name of the assignment on your document. 

4. Two OPTIONS (there are always different ways to do things, here are two)

A. Insert Menu>"Search the Web Feature" in Google doc. This is a newer feature in Google Docs to search images right within your document and add them. The video below will show how to use the Insert>Image>"Search the Web feature". Warning: this "search the web" feature within Google docs, right in a handy sidebar are likely subject to copyright, so don't rely on this for anything that will be published publicly (such as a social media post, or web page).

B. Download and Upload an image to insert it into your Google Doc. This second set of steps demonstrates how to download an image from a site such as Pics4Learning and then upload it into your document.

Adding a Graphic image of Leaves to your document:

a. Keep your document in GDrive open in one tab and open a new tab in your browser (use Ctrl-T or Command-T or the File Menu and select New Tab)

b. In this new tab, navigate to http://www.pics4learning.com/

c. Locate the Search box provided, and type the word leaves.

d. Look through the collection and select one you feel fits the poem (remember the first line of the poem, what color are the first leaves?).

This is one example:


e. When you decide on the image you prefer, click on the small image to open a full size view. *Keep the tab or window open to return to it later to get the photo citation.

f. Look below the image to locate the Download Image and Save icons. (Note***If you are logged into Google Drive, you will see these two icons for downloading the image.) downloadorsave

The one on the right (Save) will let you save it directly to your Drive space in Google. The "Download Image" button on the left will let you download it to your device (computer, tablet...) and save it in a location you select (your desktop, filespace, etc.). We will show both options.

Directions for using the Download Image button.downloadimagebutton

  1. Download the image to your computer. I saved it to my desktop and named it leaves.

  2. Go back to your poem document in Google Drive, and put your mouse in front of the title of the poem, go to the "Insert Menu" and use the dropdown arrow to select "Image"

  3. Drag the image you saved on your computer into the box provided, or click on the "Choose an image to upload" and navigate to where you saved the image.

  4. The image should appear above the title. You can click on the image to select it, and when it is selected you will see some small squares at the corners and on the sides. Click on one of the corner squares and you can drag inward to resize it smaller.

Part Two shows how to copy the citation for the picture and paste it into the poem document.

Adding Credits for the Image

Whenever you download or copy an image or photo from the web, you need to check if it is copyrighted by someone and cite it. When you did the Insert>Image>From the web, the images are likely subject to copyright, so don't rely on this for anything you might publish to the public or put out in a social media feed.

Below we show the steps to add the citation for an image you have downloaded from a site such as Pics4Learning.

a. Return to the browser tab or window showing the picture of leaves on Pics4Learning website.

b. To Copy the Citation: Copy the information provided in the table below the picture titled Citation, and paste it below the picture in your poem document. The images on the pics4learning website are free to use for educational purposes; however, you should always give credit to the photographer.

c. You may need to use your enter/return key to add several spaces below the image to place the citation correctly. 

Adding a Horizontal Line

To add a horizontal line under the citation and above the title of the poem put your mouse at the end of the citation, go to the Insert menu, and select Horizontal line.

Create a Hyperlink to another document in your Drive space

  1. Go to the bottom of the poem and add another horizontal line.
  2. Space down one or two lines and type "Robert Frost bio"
  3. Open the bio document you uploaded into your Google Drive folder earlier.
  4. Copy the URL (web address) at the top of the bio page.
  5.  Return to your Quest One poem document, highlight the text you typed at the bottom "Robert Frost bio"
  6. Click on the hyperlink button, the chain link icon chain  on the top menu. Paste (Ctrl-V, or Command-V) the URL, into the Link box provided, then click Apply. Try it out to make sure it works!

Create a Hyperlink to a web site

  1. In your poem, use the Explore icon and in the search bar type in a search for Robert Frost quotes. 
    • Select one and open the website. Copy the web address (URL) and return it to your poem document. 
    • At the bottom of the document type: Additional resources.
    • Select the text and on the Insert menu is an icon looking like a chain link, paste the URL you copied into the box that comes up and Apply it.
      • (The shortcut is Ctrl-K or Cmd-K, you can remember it by saying the word hyperlinK and emphasize the K)

Remember: You SHOULD NOT use pictures that you have acquired through a search engine (such as Google images) if you are going to share your document or post it online without citing the source and checking the copyright restrictions. Check out the copyright laws in the "Be Legal and Fair" thing for more details.

Add or delete images & videos - Google support page

Completing this Quest

After inserting an image into your Quest One poem Google Doc, and creating a hyperlink to the Quest Two bio document, you are ready to explore different options for sharing your work in Quest Four.

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MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
c. Use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technology

2. Digital Citizen
c. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations

3. Knowledge Constructor
a. Plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits
c. Curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions