2 Ways to Save Images from Google Sheets

Do you want to save an image from a Google Sheets file?

Google Sheets is primarily known for data collection and analysis, but it has many other applications. One of these is storing images, such as logos and product photos.

Using Google Sheets to store visuals offers the advantage of easy accessibility from any location and the ability to share them with others. However, downloading an image from a Google Spreadsheet can be challenging.

This article offers a step-by-step guide to help you save images from Google Sheets, enabling you to use visuals in your spreadsheets immediately.

Save Images with Shift and Right-Click

An image can be inserted into Google Sheets so that it floats over a cell. This method only applies to such floating images.

When an image floats over a cell, it means the image isn’t affected by cell formatting and can be freely moved or resized without affecting cell contents.

Floating images are easy to save in Google Sheets. Just follow these steps.

  1. Select the image you want to save.
  1. Press the Shift key and right-click button on your mouse simultaneously.
  1. Give the image file a name and choose a location to store it.

To save an image that doesn’t float over a cell, you will need to make the image float over cells. To make an image display over cells, follow these steps.

  1. Select the cell containing the image, and right-click on it to reveal the dropdown options.
  2. Select Image and choose the Put image over cells option.

After you do this, the image will float over the cell. Then, you can use the earlier steps to save the image.

Save Image with Snip and Sketch Feature

The Snip and Sketch tool allows you to capture a screenshot of your desktop which you can edit and save to your system’s directory. Snip and Sketch have many capabilities like delay capture, different snip types (rectangular, freeform, window snip), and a pen tool for marking up a captured image.

To use the Snip and Sketch tools to save an image in Google Sheets, follow these steps.

  1. Start by identifying the image you want to save, press the PrtScr button or use the keyboard combination Wins + Shift + S. This opens the Skip and Sketch tool where you can the cross icon to get a screenshot of the image.
  2. The screenshot you take is saved in your computer’s clipboard. But you can also access it from the notification panel. Where you can use the Snip and Sketch windows to save the image.


Saving images in Google Sheets is a useful feature that can make it easier to store and share important visuals.

Whether you need to add a logo to a spreadsheet or include product photos, Google Sheets allows you to easily add and store images alongside your data.

While downloading images from Google Sheets can be tricky, using the Snip and Sketch tool in Windows or the Shift and right-click method are both quick and simple ways to save images from your spreadsheet.

With this guide, you should now be able to add, edit, and save images in Google Sheets with confidence.

Do you find this useful? Let me know in the comments section!

About the Author

Oluwaseun Olatoye

Oluwaseun Olatoye

Oluwaseun is a business intelligence analyst with expertise in Google Sheets and SQL programming language. He has worked with various businesses to make data-driven decisions. He enjoys helping others learn and grow.

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