Download Images & Charts from Google Sheets: A Guide

Jason Gong
June 6, 2024

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Downloading images and charts from Google Sheets doesn't have to be a hassle. In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you simple techniques to save images directly from your spreadsheets, extract embedded images from cells, and convert charts and graphs into downloadable formats. By the end, you'll be able to manage and download your visual content in Google Sheets with ease.


Google Sheets is a powerful tool for organizing and visualizing data, but downloading images and charts from your spreadsheets can sometimes be tricky. Whether you need to save images for presentations, reports, or other purposes, having a clear understanding of the various methods available can save you time and frustration. In this step-by-step guide, we'll explore:

  • Simple techniques to download images directly from Google Sheets
  • How to extract embedded images from cells while preserving quality and placement
  • Converting charts and graphs into downloadable image or PDF formats
  • Best practices for managing images and charts within your spreadsheets
  • Troubleshooting common issues that may arise during the download process

By the end of this guide, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to easily download images and charts from Google Sheets, bringing AI into your spreadsheet, streamlining your workflow and enhancing your productivity.

Simple Techniques to Download Images from Google Sheets

Downloading images directly from Google Sheets is a straightforward process that can be accomplished using built-in browser functionalities. Here's how to save images swiftly:

  1. Select the image you want to download by clicking on it.
  2. Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard.
  3. Right-click on the selected image.
  4. Choose the option "Save image as..." from the context menu that appears.
  5. Select the desired location on your computer to save the image and click "Save".

This method works well for images that are not embedded within cells. It's a quick and easy way to download images without the need for additional tools or software, making it accessible for various purposes such as presentations or reports.

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Extracting Embedded Images from Cells in Google Sheets

When dealing with images embedded within Google Sheets cells, a slightly different approach is required to download them. Here's how to handle this situation:

  1. Right-click on the cell containing the embedded image.
  2. From the Image submenu, select 'Put Image Over Cells'.
  3. Now, hold down the Shift key, right-click the image, and choose 'Save image as...'.
  4. Select the desired location on your computer to save the image and click "Save".

This method facilitates the download process by temporarily placing the image over the cells, allowing you to save it using the standard browser functionality. It preserves the quality and placement of the embedded image, ensuring that you obtain the original file without any loss of resolution.

After saving the image, you can reverse the process by right-clicking the image and selecting 'Put Image In Cell' to restore its original position within the sheet if needed. For more advanced image handling, you might want to integrate Google Drive with other apps.

Downloading Charts and Graphs as Images or PDFs

Google Sheets provides a convenient way to convert charts and graphs into downloadable image or PDF formats. Here's how to do it:

  1. Open your Google Sheets spreadsheet and click on the chart or graph you want to download.
  2. In the top right corner of the chart, click the three-dot menu icon (More options).
  3. From the dropdown menu, select "Download".
  4. Choose your preferred file format: PNG, JPEG, PDF, or SVG.
  5. Click "Download" to save the file to your computer.

Using the built-in "Download" option within the chart editor is crucial for maintaining the quality and resolution of your charts and graphs. This method ensures that the exported file accurately represents the original visualization created in Google Sheets.

Alternatively, you can use the "Publish chart" option to generate a shareable link or embed code for your chart, allowing you to integrate it into Google Docs or other documents without downloading the file.

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Best Practices for Managing Images and Charts in Google Sheets

Organizing your images and charts in Google Sheets is essential for efficient workflow and easy access. Here are some best practices to follow:

  1. Create dedicated folders within your Google Drive for storing images and charts. This helps keep your files organized and makes it easier to locate specific visuals when needed.
  2. Use descriptive naming conventions for your image and chart files. Include relevant keywords, dates, or project names to make searching and sorting more effective.
  3. When inserting images or charts into your Google Sheets, consider placing them in separate sheets or tabs. This keeps your data and visuals separate, making your spreadsheet more organized and easier to navigate.
  4. Utilize the "Image in cell" feature for images that directly relate to specific data points. This keeps the image context-relevant and makes it easier to understand the relationship between the data and the visual.
  5. For charts and graphs, use the "Put image over cells" option to place them in strategic locations within your spreadsheet. This allows for better visual flow and makes it easier to reference the chart while working with the data.

By implementing these file organization tips and naming conventions, you can streamline your workflow and save time in the long run.

Troubleshooting Common Issues with Image Downloads in Google Sheets

While downloading images and charts from Google Sheets is generally a straightforward process, users may occasionally encounter issues. Here are some common problems and their solutions:

  1. Browser compatibility: Some browsers may have trouble downloading images or charts from Google Sheets. If you experience this issue, try using a different browser, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, which have better compatibility with Google Sheets.
  2. Image resolution: When downloading images, you may find that the resolution is lower than expected. To ensure high-quality downloads, make sure the original image uploaded to Google Sheets is of sufficient resolution. If the issue persists, try using the "Download" option within the image viewer rather than right-clicking and saving.
  3. Broken image links: If you're using image URLs in your Google Sheets and the images are not displaying correctly, the links may be broken. Double-check the image URLs and ensure they are still valid and accessible. If you're using images from Google Drive, make sure the sharing permissions are set correctly.
  4. File format issues: When downloading charts as images, you may encounter issues with the file format. To resolve this, try downloading the chart in a different format, such as PNG or PDF, which are more universally compatible. If you continue to face issues, consider using web scraper extensions to manage your data.

If you continue to face problems downloading images or charts from Google Sheets, try clearing your browser cache and cookies, or reach out to Google Support for further assistance.

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Automate Google Sheets: Images and Charts with Bardeen

Downloading images and charts from Google Sheets can be streamlined and automated with the help of Bardeen. While manual methods exist for extracting images or creating charts, automating these processes can save time, reduce repetitive tasks, and ensure accuracy in data handling. For instance, automating the download of images from a list of URLs in Google Sheets to a Google Drive folder can be particularly useful for marketers, researchers, or content creators who regularly work with large sets of visual data. Let's explore how Bardeen can enhance your Google Sheets experience.

  1. Download full-page PDF screenshots of websites from links in a Google Sheet: This playbook simplifies the process of converting web pages into PDFs directly from Google Sheets, ideal for archiving or sharing website content in a more accessible format.
  2. Scrape Google Images and Save to Google Sheets: Automate the collection of images for your projects by scraping Google Images based on your search criteria and directly saving the results to Google Sheets. This can be a game-changer for data collection in machine learning, design projects, or digital marketing.
  3. Save full-page PDF screenshots to Google Drive from website links in a Google Sheet: Extend the capability of your Google Sheets by automatically saving full-page PDF screenshots of websites to Google Drive. This playbook is perfect for research documentation, content management, or competitive analysis.

Explore these playbooks to automate your Google Sheets workflows and make your data management more efficient. Start by downloading the Bardeen app.

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