Apparently this is not possible out of the box. I have found some crazy workarounds that require like using different operating systems and 4 different applications like this one.. however I was hoping for something simpler

note: the original app i'm using to author the vector files is sketchapp


Yes, I'm thinking about writing a command line tool for this.

My workflow is constantly:

  • Upload to google drive
  • Cloud convert to emf
  • Then open in google draw
  • what's cloud convert? – abbood Mar 20 at 7:01
  • This works great for vector but is there any way to keep the text editable – byronyasgur Apr 26 at 17:30

Looks like they have removed this capability. I just tried all of the above methods (worked in the past for me) but now it is no longer working. Google Drawing has now become very limited.


This method works flawlessly for me.

  1. Upload your images/icons to Google Drive

  2. Open it with CloudConvert

    • Choose export format : vector / emf.
    • Make sure that you have the checkbox to save the converted file to your Google Drive enter image description here
    • Click on button Start conversion.
  3. Open emf file with Google Drawing

  4. Copy/paste SVG icon into your Slides.

    • you can modify the colors as you wish, add or remove shapes

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