This Tech Tip is about a quick and easy way to find and use free images right from inside Google Docs and Slides. A few months ago, I wrote about effective ways to use Google Image Search to not only find the perfect picture for your needs, but to also get pictures that are free and legal to use and/or modify. This is important for students because it allows them to be good digital citizens and avoid plagiarism. There is a way to do this same thing, but you can do it within Google Docs and Slides, which makes the whole process of finding and inserting images much faster and smoother.
When you are using Google Docs or Slides, click on “Insert”, and then click on “Image”.
A new window will appear, and you should click on “Search” to begin looking for images. You are given three choices of databases to search: Google, Life, and stock images.
Depending on your needs, you can conduct the same search in one or all three of these databases to find exactly what you want. The images that do appear in your search will automatically be ones that are free and legal to use because of the built-in filter with the search. If you are using a G Suite for Education account, then all of the images will be filtered with Google’s Safe Search as well.