It's no secret that I am an avid GSuite for Education fan. What's not to love about a free platform that is versatile, trustworthy and accessible from any device? Google is always working, too, on new features and updates and this latest one is another game changer!
I love this new Google Drawings option because of the way it can now be used within Google Docs. There has, admittedly, always been an issue with Google Docs in that the only way to insert objects such as shapes, arrows, and lines, was to create a new Google Drawing every time using insert > drawing. Docs then opened the Google Drawing app for you to design your image. When finished, using the save and close button popped the Drawing into the Google Doc. You were able to edit the Drawing from within the Google Doc used when you created it, but there was no easy way to use the Drawing over again or edit it to use in another Doc. It could be downloaded and saved as an image, but that meant the Drawing could no longer be edited or updated if needed.
With this new update, when inserting a Drawing while in Google Docs, there is a second option to insert a previously created image directly from your Drive! A Google Drawing can now be stored in Drive and accessed over and over again. By choosing insert > drawing > Google Drive, you are able to insert a Google Drawing right from your Drive! As the owner you have the ability to edit and use the Drawings doc over and over again without having to download it as an image. The other essential feature is that other users are only able to link to your Drawing if they add it to their own Doc; there is no worrying about someone else modifying your original work. Watch the brief clip below to see how it's done. Well done Google!