Lucidchart Add-on for Google Docs and Google Sheets

Our free add-ons for Google Docs and Google Sheets allows you to insert your Lucidchart diagrams directly into your documents and spreadsheets. Read the instructions below to learn how to install and use this integration.

Note: If you want to integrate Lucidchart with both Google Docs and Google Sheets, you’ll need to follow this process for each app.

  1. Visit the store listing for the Lucidchart add-on, OR install the add-on within an open Google Doc or Sheet. To search for add-ons inside a Google Doc or Sheet, select “Add-ons” in the menu, and click “Get add-ons…” Then search for the Lucidchart listing.

    get addon
  2. Click “Free” to install the add-on and authorize Lucidchart access to Google Docs/Sheets. Lucidchart asks for the following standard permissions.

    Google Permissions

Note: These permissions are used to show your Lucidchart diagrams in Google Docs/Sheets and to allow Google to update any inserted diagrams.

  1. Click “Accept.” The Lucidchart sidebar will appear on the right side of your document, displaying either a login screen or a list of your diagrams (if you're already logged in).

    Add-on on right side
  2. If you're new to Lucidchart, click "Get Started" to register for a Lucidchart account with the same Google account that's associated with your open Google Doc.

    Get started

If you'd like to sign into a different Lucidchart account at any time, click on your account name in the sidebar and choose "Sign out."

Sign Out 

After you log into Lucidchart, you can access the Lucidchart editor directly from Google Docs or Google Sheets.

  1. Click the “Create” button in the top left corner of the Lucidchart add-on.

    create button
  2. Choose the diagram type you want to create. After you select a diagram type, the add-on will direct you to the Lucidchart editor.

    create window
  3. Create your diagram. If you need help, browse through our Lucidchart tutorials.
  4. When you finish creating your diagram, click “Back to Docs” or “Back to Sheets” in the top left corner of the editor. Your new diagram will appear at the top of the sidebar in Google Docs or Google Sheets.

    Back to Sheets button

Insert a high-resolution image (PNG) into your Google Doc or Sheet without ever leaving that application.

  1. Select a diagram file from your documents list in the add-on. A preview will appear in the sidebar.
  2. If you choose a multipage diagram, use the arrows to scroll through the pages and find the page you would like to insert into your document.
  3. Click “Insert” to add the page to your Google Doc/Sheet. The image will appear where your cursor is located.

    steps to insert

Note: The inserted image will resize to fit the document’s width.

Need to edit existing diagrams? Return to the Lucidchart editor directly from Google Docs or Google Sheets.

  1. Select a Lucidchart diagram from your documents list.
  2. Click “Edit.” You will be directed to the Lucidchart editor from a new tab.

    edit diagram
  3. When you finish editing the diagram, simply click “Back to Docs” or “Back to Sheets” in the top left corner of the editor to return to Google Docs/Sheets.

    Back to Sheets button

You can also manage sharing permissions and folder structure by clicking your email address in the top right corner of the add-on and selecting “Manage Diagrams.”

After you insert diagrams into Google Docs/Sheets, you may want to make further changes. No worries. With one click, you can update your diagrams so you see the most current, accurate version on Google Docs/Sheets.

  1. Open Add-ons > Lucidchart Diagrams.

    update diagrams
  2. Click “Update Inserted Diagrams.”

Please allow 5-10 seconds for each image to update. After the images are updated, you’ll receive a list of the diagrams that were altered.

Note: Images may change size during this update to accommodate any edits made to the diagram.

You can easily remove the Lucidchart add-on from a specific document or from your Google Docs/Google Sheets account completely. (We’ll try not to take offense.)

  1. Click “Add-ons” in the menu, and select “Manage add-ons…”

    manage addon
  2. Click “Manage” on the Lucidchart add-on, and select one of the following options.

    1) Use in this document: This option will show or remove the add-on for the current document. You might use this option when you collaborate in Google Docs/Sheets and want to choose which add-ons are available to collaborators.

    2) Remove: This option will remove the Lucidchart add-on from your Google account. The add-on will no longer appear in the Add-ons menu.

    manage dropdown

Note: Removing the add-on from a Google Doc/Sheet or from your entire Google account will not alter the Google Docs/Sheets that contain Lucidchart diagrams.

Can I share my diagram directly from Google Docs/Sheets?

No, but you can access Lucidchart from Google Docs/Sheets and share your diagrams from there. Click your email address in the sidebar and choose “Manage Diagrams” to access all your Lucidchart documents and share.

Is it possible to connect any Lucidchart account to any Google account?

Yes! You can connect a Lucidchart account with a different email address than your Google account, and vice versa.

How will my diagram look in the Google Doc/Sheet?

Diagrams should look crisp and clear. They’ll automatically resize to fit the width of the page, and you may resize the image by dragging its corners.

What about multipage diagrams?

If your Lucidchart diagram contains more than one page, use the arrows to scroll through the pages and find the page you would like to insert into your document. You can only select and insert the contents of one page at a time.

Can I update inserted diagrams?

Yes—just click the Add-ons tab and select Lucidchart Diagrams > Update Inserted Diagrams. The images will change to reflect any changes you’ve made. Due to limitations in Google Docs/Sheets, this function only works for inline images (not images that break or wrap text). This function will no longer work if you modify the link of the inserted image. You must be the creator of the diagram or have the diagram shared with your Lucidchart account to update inserted diagrams with this process.

If I share my Google Doc/Sheet, does that mean I share my Lucidchart account?

No—when you use Lucidchart inside a Google Doc/Sheet, your Lucidchart account is only accessible to you. Other collaborators can also use the Lucidchart add-on, but they will need to set it up with their own accounts.

 

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