Google Docs is one of the best cloud software alternatives to desktop word processors. This is a cloud app with which you can draft documents that include tables, charts, hyperlinks, YouTube videos and images. Sure, it might still have fewer text formatting options and tools than MS Word; but Google Docs is getting better and better. Yet, there’s still one notable option missing from its picture context menu. Where’s the Save image as option in Google Docs?
Alas, Google Docs doesn’t have a Save image as option to download selected pictures with when you right-click on them. As such, there is seemingly no way to select and download a few pictures directly from a docs document. That option would certainly be a handy addition to the cloud app’s context menu. Nevertheless, there are still a few ways that you can download selected pictures from documents open in Google Docs.
Publish the Document to Web
Google Docs does have a Publish to the web option that enables you to open a document in a browser tab. So that gives you a way to download the images directly from the document’s page tab instead. You can select that option by clicking File > Publish to the web, and that will open the dialog directly below.
Press the Publish button there and click OK to confirm. Then you can select a hyperlink to copy with the Ctrl + C hotkey. Open a new tab in your browser, and press Ctrl + V to paste the hyperlink in the URL bar. Press Enter to open the document in a new page tab as shown directly below.
Now you can right-click a picture on that page and select a Save image as option on the context menu. That opens as Save As window where you can enter a file title for the image. Press the Save button to download the image to the folder you selected for it.
Save the Images to Google Keep
Google Keep is a handy note-taking app that is now integrated with Google Docs. This means you can open a Notes from Keep sidebar in Google Docs. Furthermore, that also means you can save docs document images directly to the sidebar; from which you can directly download them!
To save a picture to Keeps, you should select and right-click an image in a docs document. Then you can select a Save to Keep notepad option from the context menu. Select that option to save the picture to the sidebar as in the snapshot below.
Now you can right-click the picture in the Notes from Keep sidebar and select a Save image as option. Click that option, enter a file title for the picture and choose a folder to save it to. Press the Save button to download the image.
Download the Document in HTML Format
If you need to download lots of images, it might be better to download the document in HTML format. If you select to download the file as HTML format, it saves as Zip folder. Then you can extract the compressed folder and open an images subfolder that includes all the pictures in the document.
To download as HTML, open the document in Google Docs. Select File > Download as to open the submenu shown directly below. Then you can select Web Page from the submenu.
A File Explorer window opens with the HTML document’s Zip folder tab. Press the Extract all button to open an Extract Compressed Folders window. Press the Browse button on that window to choose a path for the decompressed folder. Then click the Extract button. A new folder tab will open in File Explorer from which you can open an images subfolder. That includes all the document’s pictures.
Extract Pictures From Documents with Add-ons
Or you can install an add-on that extracts pictures from documents open in Google Docs. Image Extractor is one extension that adds an Image Extractor sidebar to Google Docs. Open this page  to add Image Extractor to Google Docs.
Once installed, open a document in Google Docs. Click Add-ons > Image Extractor > Start to open the sidebar shown in the screenshot below. Then select a picture to extract from the document.
Enter a file title in the Image Extractor text box. Press the Download image button on the sidebar to save the picture to HDD. The picture saves to your browser’s download folder.
So that’s how you can download images from documents open in Google Docs. You can save selected images in docs documents to your hard drive with Image Extractor, Keeps or the Publish to the web option. Alternatively, save your documents in HTML format to download all their pictures.