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How to Write on an Image in Google Docs

When working in Google Docs, there may be times where you want to add text to your images.

Whether you want to put text on top of your image or place a caption at the bottom of your image to label your picture, this is a useful skill to learn if you are regularly working with images in docs.

In this tutorial, I will show you several different ways to add text to your images in Google Docs.

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Caption on the Bottom of a Picture

If you want to place a caption at the bottom of a picture in Google Docs, one simple way of doing this is to use the inline text button and write your text below the image.

Here are the steps to do this:

1. First, select your image


2. In the bottom right corner click on the In line button


3. Now you should be able to click below your image and write in the text that you want to use as a caption


Caption at the Top of a Picture

If you would prefer to put your text at the top of an image, instead of the bottom like in the previous example, the process is the same.

  1. Select your image
  2. Select the In line button
  3. Click on the top of your image and write your desired text

Text on top of image

Putting Text on Your Image

If you want to overlay your text on the top of your image, you can do so by selecting the image and then clicking on the Behind text button


You can see in the example below that my text is now on my image


Using a Text Box Over a Picture

If you want greater control over how your text appears along with your image, using a drawing to caption your image is the best method.

With this method, you can control exactly how your text appears. You can control the exact position, create a text box, and customize it however you want.

Here are the steps to do this:

1. First, click in your Google Doc where you want the image to appear


2. Next, in the top menu select Insert>Drawing>New


3. You should now see the drawing editor on your screen. In the toolbar of this popup, select the Image button. Find whichever image you want to be placed in the Google Doc and upload it


4.  You should now see your image in the drawing editor


5. In the toolbar select the Text box button


6. Take your cursor and click and hold where you want the text to appear. Drag your cursor and release your clicker you will create a text box


7. You can now add text, font styles, and font colors to your text box. You can resize your text box, or move it around to wherever you want the text on your image.


8. When you are finished getting your text exactly how you want it to look, press the Save and Close button in the top right corner


9. You will now have text over your image depending on where you have placed it in the previous steps


Closing Thoughts

There are many ways to add text to an image in Google Docs. If you just want to quickly caption the top or bottom of your picture, then using the In-Line Text option and writing in your desired text is a good quick, and easy option.

However, if you want more customization and you want to place your text directly on the image, using the built-in drawing feature to upload your image and create a text bot to overlay onto your pictures gives you much more customization over the appearance and position of your text.

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