Google Forms is an awesome tool for creating online assignments. It’s easy to set up and share. The responses are stored in one convenient place. It’s a great option for digitizing previously paper-based assignments and quizzes.

However, print materials that have images or diagrams can pose a problem for Google Forms. Maybe students need to refer to a diagram of a cell to answer a question or choose the graph that best represents a given equation. If these graphics exist on a piece of paper or even a digital version of an assignment, how can you get them into Google Forms in an efficient way?

Snip add-on

My Snip add-on helps you quickly “snip” one or more sections of an image to use in Google Forms. The process is simple:

  1. Choose an image of an existing assignment from your Google Drive (or upload a new one)
  2. Use the snipping tool to save one or more images/diagrams from your assignment into your Google Drive Screenshot of the Snip tool. One question is highlighted by a rectangle in order to be snipped.
  3. Add the images to the questions/response options on your Google Form

PDFs aren’t supported, but there are online tools that you can use to convert PDFs to images to use with Snip.

Below is a full tutorial for using Snip. Click here to open the tutorial in a new window.


1 From your Google Form, open the Add-ons menu (puzzle piece)

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2 Click Snip

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3 Click Snip Images

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4 Click Select Image

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5 Select an image of your worksheet from your Google Drive (or upload a new one)

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6 Click Select

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7 Move and resize the box to cover a portion of the worksheet you'd like to "snip" into its own image (e.g. a diagram to display with the question)

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8 Choose whether this "snip" is informational or tied to a specific question. This is used to name the "snipped" image in a useful way when it is saved to your Drive.

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9 If it's a question or answer, specify the question number by typing or using the +/- buttons

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10 If it's an answer option, check "This is an answer"

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11 Click Save to Drive

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12 Move the box and repeat as many times as you need to in order to "snip" all of your images

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13 Make sure all of your images save to your Drive

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14 Click Close

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15 Click Add question (or select an existing question)

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16 Click Add inline image 
For multiple choice questions, you can also add images to choice options.

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17 Click Google Drive

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18 Navigate to the Snip folder in your drive

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19 Navigate to the folder that corresponds with the current form.

Depending on your form, it may list the title of the form or the date the form was created.

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20 Click the "snipped" image you'd like to use

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21 Click Select

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22 If necessary, you can resize the image

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22b Drop

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23 Add any additional information to your question

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Here's an interactive tutorial for the visual learners

Happy Snipping! If you use this add-on and have any feedback or thoughts, I’d love to hear them!




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