Google Drawings for Families

Navigating Google Drawings

Google Drawings iconGoogle Drawings is a creative drawing and editing tool that allows students to create visual items, such as comic strips, virtual posters, flyers, eBooks, and more. Learn more about accessing and using Google Drawings by selecting the topics listed below.

Finding the menu bar & tool bar in Drawings

Menu bar - This is the bar along the top of the window, with File, Edit, View, Insert, Format,, Arrange, Tools, and Help submenus.

Drawings menu bar

Tool bar - This is the bar under the menu bar that has buttons with pictures on them. "More" buttonSometimes some of the buttons are hidden if they don't fit on your screen. You can find hidden buttons by clicking on the button with three horizontal dots. This bar changes in Drawings depending on what you've clicked on to edit. If you're editing a textbox, for example, you'll see buttons that allow you to change the text's font, size, and style.

Drawings tool bar

Helpful buttons & tools in Drawings

These are some commonly used buttons and built-in tools within Google Drawings.

Drawings resize canvas buttonCanvas resizer - You'll find this in the bottom right corner of the canvas space, and you can drag it to resize your canvas.

"More" buttonMore button - This button shows any buttons in the tool bar that are hidden from view, usually because your screen is too small to display them all at the same time.

Insert menu, showing the "insert image" toolInsert menu - The insert menu is in the menu bar, and you use to insert various items, such as images, textboxes, and tables, into your drawing. 

Tools menu, showing the "spellcheck" toolTools menu - The tools menu offers different tools you can use, such as spellcheck, the dictionary, and the Explore button.

Explore buttonExplore button - This button opens a side menu that suggests things to add to your drawing, such as pictures, formatting, sources of information, and more.

Turning in a Drawing to Google Classroom

To turn your Google Drawings file into Google Classroom, follow these steps:

  1. Open the class in Google Classroom, and go to the Classwork tab. Google Classroom classwork tab
  2. Find the assignment, and click on it to expand it to show the directions. Then click "View assignment". Google Classroom view assignment button
  3. OGoogle Classroom your work spacen the right side, find the spaced titled "Your work". Your Google Drawing may already be listed there. If so, skip to step 4. If your Google Drawing is not already listed there, use the "Add or create" button to search for it in Google Drive and attach it.
  4. Click the"Turn in" button to submit your work to your teacher. 

Google Classroom private comments spaceHave questions about the assignment? Use the "Private comments" section under "Your work" to send a private message to your teacher.

Learn more about Google Classroom.