• Add-on for Docs

    Lucidchart’s new add-on for Google Docs makes it possible to create and insert diagrams without ever leaving your document!

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  • Create and Insert

    No more downloading from Lucidchart and then uploading into Google Docs. Our add-on lets you log in and view all Lucidchart diagrams in a convenient sidebar.

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Get add-on

Get the Lucidchart add-on from the add-on store.

  1. Open a Google Doc.
  1. Click the Add-on tab from the menu bar and select "Get add-ons".
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  1. Locate the Lucidchart listing.
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  1. Click "Free" to get the add-on and authorize Lucidchart access to Google Docs.
  1. The add-on will then appear in the Add-ons menu option. When you select this option, the sidebar will automatically appear.

Get Started

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).

  1. Click "Add-ons" from the menu bar and select Lucidchart Diagrams > Insert Diagram.
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  1. 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.
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  1. The first time you use the add-on, you'll be asked two questions:
    1) Whether you authorize Lucidchart access to Google Docs
    2) Whether you grant Google access to your Lucidchart account

    Note: These permissions are used to show your Lucidchart diagrams in Google Docs and to allow Google to update any inserted diagrams.
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  1. If you'd like to sign into a different Lucidchart account, click on your account name under the list of diagrams and choose "Sign out", or click "Or sign in to a different account", then sign out. Now you can log into a different Lucidchart account.
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Create a Diagram

After you are logged into Lucidchart, you can create diagrams directly from your Google Doc.

  1. Click the Create button in the top-left area of the sidebar.
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  1. Choose the diagram type you want to create.

    Note: If you are on a free account, you will not have access to mind maps, UI mockups, iOS mockups, and Android mockups, but you can start a free trial to try these features.
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  1. After selecting a diagram type, you'll be directed to the Lucidchart editor. Click here to browse Lucidchart tutorials.
  1. When you are finished creating your diagram, click "Save and Close" in the top-right corner of the editor. Your new diagram will appear at the top of the sidebar in Google Docs.
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Insert a Diagram

Insert a high-resolution image (PNG) into your Google Doc without ever leaving the editor.

  1. Select a diagram file from your documents list. A preview will appear in the sidebar.

  2. If you choose a multi-page diagram, use the arrows to scroll through each page and find the correct one.

  3. Click "Insert" to add the page to your Google Doc. The image will appear wherever your cursor is located.

    Note: The inserted image will resize to fit the document's width.
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Edit a Diagram

Edit existing Lucidchart diagrams directly from your Google Doc.

  1. Select a Lucidchart diagram from your list of diagrams.

  2. Click the Edit button.
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  1. You will be directed to the Lucidchart editor from a new tab. When you are finished editing the diagram, simply click "Save and Close" in the top-right corner of the editor to return to your Google Doc.
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  1. In addition to editing existing diagrams, you can manage sharing permissions and folder structure by clicking your user account and selecting "Manage Diagrams".
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Update Inserted Diagrams

After you insert diagrams into a Google Doc, you may want to make changes. It's easy to update your diagrams right from the document.

  1. Open Add-ons > Lucidchart Diagrams and click "Update Inserted Diagrams".
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  1. Please allow 5-10 seconds for each image to update. After they're updated, you'll receive a list of the diagrams that were altered.

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

Remove Lucidchart add-on

You can easily remove the Lucidchart add-on from a specific document or completely from your Google Docs account

  1. Click the Add-on tab from the menu bar and select "Manage add-ons".
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  1. Click 'Manage' for the Lucidchart add-on and there are two options

    1) Use in this document: This will show or remove the add-on for the current document. This might be used when collaborating in Google Docs and choosing which add-ons are available to collaborators.

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

Note: Removing the add-on from a Google Doc or your entire Google account will not alter Docs that have inserted diagrams.

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Can I share from Google Docs?
No, but you can click your email address in the sidebar to share from Lucidchart. You can also edit user settings, alter subscription level, contact customer support, and manage diagrams from there.

Is it possible to connect any Lucidchart account to any Google account?
Yes! Your Lucidchart account does not need to correspond to your Google account and vice-versa.

How will my diagram look in the Google Doc?
Diagrams should look crisp and clear. They'll automatically size to the width of the page, and you may resize the image by dragging its corners.

What about multi-page diagrams?
If your Lucidchart diagram has more than one page, use the arrows in the sidebar preview to find the right page. 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 Google Doc limitations, this only works for inline images (not images that break or wrap text). You also should not modify the inserted image's link. You must be the creator of the diagram, or have the diagram shared with your Lucidchart account.

Does sharing my Google Doc mean I share my Lucidchart account? No—when you use Lucidchart inside a Google Doc, your Lucidchart account is only accessible by you. Other Doc collaborators can also use the Lucidchart add-on but they will need to get it for their own account.