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Edit Images in Google Drive: Pixlr Editor

image editor connect to google drive
Edit Images in Google Drive: Pixlr Editor

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Edit Images in Google Drive: Pixlr Editor

I frequently save images and screenshots to my Google Drive. The Chrome extension “QuickShare Screenshot” directly saves to Google Drive with no extra steps. If the screenshot needs additional edits, such as blurring out information or drawing an arrow, there are apps you can connect to Google Drive to allow for editing.

Connect More Apps

In Google Drive, click on the “New” button, go to “More” and choose “Connect more apps” out of the slide out menu.
connect more apps in google drive


There are multiple photo editors to choose from. One that I frequently use is “Pixlr.” The eraser tool quickly lets me remove visible names and email addresses from the screenshot. Search for “Pixlr” to connect it to Drive. Click on the “Connect” button.

Pixlr photo editor

After connecting you will be prompted to make Pixlr the default for opening photos. In general, I do not want to do this with connected apps. I choose to uncheck “Make Pixlr Editor the default.”
uncheck default checkbox

Open an Image

If you have an image in Google Drive, double-click on it to open it. This opens the image in preview. In the center, above the image, is an option to “Open with.” Select “Pixlr Editor.”
open with

The editing toolbar allows cropping, blurring, erasing and more.
pixlr editor toolbar


When I save the edits (Control S) the edits save right back to Google Drive. No need to download and reupload. I have the option (default) to save a copy of the image or to simply update the image in Google Drive.
default save as copy

Image editor Google Drive

Image editor Google Drive

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