Create a web page from the content of a Google Doc.

Set Up

Select the doc you wish to embed and customise it with the settings below. 


The default is Framed which will show your document in a frame exactly as it is in Google Docs, you can then choose to show it in Read Only or Edit Mode (see below).

If you want to create a web page from the selected Doc, change the View to Embedded. This will take the content of your Doc and store it as html on the site, you can use the settings below to change the way your tile or page looks.


  • Read Only - shows the doc without any top menu, users can choose Switch to Edit mode (if they have access) via the Page Menu
  • Edit - shows the doc with all menus (you can uncheck Show Menus to remove these)


  • Preserve Formatting - use the Google Doc formatting (eg bold, colors) rather than the Overdrive site format you chose in Site Settings. Choose which formatting to keep/remove.
  • Framed - embed the doc in a frame (this disables any other options)
  • Hide paragraph style ‘Title’ - this will hide any text formatted with the Google Style “Title”
  • Hide paragraph style ‘Heading 1’ - this will hide any text formatted with the Google Style “Heading 1”
  • Paging - this option will split up a document into pages whenever there is a page break in your doc, it's great for presentations


If your document has one or more tables within it, you can enhance how each one appears in Overdrive - including being able to sort and filter the data on the page:

  • Bordered - add a border to your table(s)
  • Condensed - condense the rows in each table
  • Striped - add a stripe to every other row for ease of viewing
  • Hover - add a stripe when the viewer hovers over each row
  • Full Width - make each table full width, no matter how wide it was in the embedded doc
  • Sort - make each column in the table sortable - users can click on the column headers to sort by that column
  • Filter - add a filter box at the top of each table so viewers can filter the data
  • Paging - adds paging to your table if you have too many rows to fit the screen size
  • Responsive - adds a hover showing the columns that don't fit the screen width
  • Click to view - user can click on each row to open a pop up showing all data from the Table row


Images will show exactly as they do in the Google document when framed is used. However, when embedded and preserve formatting is used image alignment will not exactly replicate the document. It is not possible to show text wrapped around an image and some image sizes may vary.  If you wish to add an image into the page body we recommend adding the image and text into a table within the doc and hiding the borders. When aligning images 'normal text' is required.  

You can add an ALT tag and link to an image by using the Alt text option from the Google Docs right click menu. Right click on the image in your doc and choose Alt tags then add your ALT text into the title field and the link (including the http://) into the description. The ALT tag and the link will now show in your embedded doc on the Overdrive site.