When you insert an image into an article or content block, you can choose the images you want from the media library, a place to store and manage your images.
You can access the media library within the article and content block editors. You can use the media library to upload and insert images into your articles or content blocks or, if you are a Guide admin, to view all images uploaded to your account.
For information about inserting images from the media library, see inserting images in articles and content blocks.
Opening and viewing the media library
You can open and view the media library from any article or content block that you or someone else has created. Within the media library, you can search for images by file name or filter them by the date they were added or updated.
To open and view the media library
- In the help center or Guide admin, create or edit an article or content block.
- In the article or content block, click the Insert image icon () on the toolbar. The media library opens. You can select the tabs to display the images you want to work with:
- This content block (appears if you are editing a content block): Displays all images that are used in this content block.
- This article (appears if you are editing an article): Displays all images that are used in this article.
- Your media: Displays the images that you've uploaded to articles and content blocks.
- All media (Guide admins only): Displays all images that have been uploaded to your account.
The following image shows the This content block tab that appears if you are creating or editing a content block.
Uploading images to the media library
If the media library doesn’t contain the image you need, you can either:
- Manually upload the image to the media library
- Copy the image from Google Docs or Microsoft Word (365) to the article in which you want to use it. The image will be automatically uploaded to the media library and inserted into the article.
To manally upload an image to the media library
Open the media library, then click Upload media.
Note: You can also drag and drop an image into the media library to upload it.
- Select one or more images you want to add to the media library, then click Open. Your images are uploaded to the media library and are available to use.
- Open a Google doc or Microsoft Word (365) document that contains images and the article that you want to copy it to.
- Copy the content of the source document and paste it into the article editor.
The images from the source document will be automatically uploaded to the media library. If there are multiple images, the upload status will be displayed in a progress window. Once the upload is complete, the images will be automatically inserted into the article.
Managing images in the media library
Once you’ve uploaded your images to the media library, you can insert images into articles or content blocks, rename them, replace them, or delete them. You can also select multiple images and use the Actions menu to delete them in bulk.
Open the media library, then click the options menu () on the media file you want to manage.
- Select one of the following options:
- Insert media: Inserts the selected image into the open article or content block at the current cursor position.
View details: Displays information about the media file, including file name, size, and where it is used. You can use this option to:
- Rename the file - To rename the file, type the new name in the Title field, then click Save media.
- Replace the current media with a new one you specify - Clicking this button performs the same function as the Replace media option in the media options menu described below.
- Permanently delete the media from the media library - Clicking this button performs the same function as the Replace media option in the media options menu described below.
Replace media: Replaces the current image with a new one you specify. You can use this option to upload a new image, preview the old and new images, and view all articles or content blocks in which the image appears.
If you are replacing an image in a content block or article, the new image will replace the old image in any article where this content block or article is used, including published articles that use this block. However, the URL will remain the same, which prevents links from breaking when you replace an image.
Delete media: Permanently removes the selected image from the media library and any published article that uses it. You can only delete the images that you have uploaded. Guide admins can delete any image in the account.
When you select this option, a new window displays a preview of the image and a list of all articles or content blocks in which it appears. Verify the image you want to delete is not used in any other article or content blocks prior to deleting it. If a deleted image is used within a published article, the article will display a broken image icon where the image was placed.Note: When you delete media from the media library, articles that previously contained that media will display information in the History view indicating the attachment has been removed and the filename is unavailable. If you don’t want to delete the media from the media library and all affected articles, you can instead remove it from within the article in which it appears, leaving it in the media library for use in other articles.
Open the media library, click the options menu () on an image, then
To bulk delete media from the media library
Open the media library, then select the media that you want to delete.
You can select a maximum of 30 media files at a time.
- Click Actions, then select Delete selection.
- Review the list of articles and content blocks that contain the media you want to delete. If you want to proceed, click Delete media to permanently delete the media without any further confirmation.
Note: Since deleting media will remove it instantly across all content in which it appears, you may want to return to the article or content block and make minor edits to remove any mention or reference to the media before you delete.