How to Insert Images in Google Sheet Cells

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This tutorial describes how you can use the IMAGE function of spreadsheets to insert images into any cell of your Google Sheets.

To add an image to a cell, highlight the cell and click F2 to enter the formula mode. Next, enter the formula =IMAGE("URL") where URL is the public web address of that image.

For instance, the following formula will insert a free image from Unsplash in your Google Sheet.


Google Sheets, by default, will scale the image to fit inside the area of the selected cell but you can easily change the default settings by adding more parameter to the wonderful IMAGE function.

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With mode (second parameter) set to 2, the modified formula =image("URL", 2) will stretch the image to fit inside the selected cell while =image("URL", 3) will insert the image into the cell using the original dimensions of the image.

You can also specify the height and width of the image in pixels by setting the mode to 4. The technique should be very handy for embedding social sharing icons in your spreadsheets.

=IMAGE("URL", 4, 300, 250)

If you are getting parsing errors, you are either using a non-existent image or you may have missed adding quotes around the image URL inside the Image function formula.

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