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More menu improvements in Google Docs and Slides

Based on usage data and your feedback, we’re making some changes to the menus and toolbars in Google Docs and Slides on the web. These are similar to some previous changes we made and will make it easier to find certain items. Among other things, these changes include:

To add a line or page break in Docs:

To add Alt text to a shape in Docs or Slides:
  • Before: Select shape > Format > Alt text. This option will be removed from the menu.
  • After: Right click on shape > Alt text. This is the new way to add alt text to a shape.
  • See Help Center for more details: Make your document or presentation accessible.

To change a shape in Slides:

  • Before: Select shape > Format > Change shape. This option will be removed from the menu.
  • After: Right click on shape > Change shape. This is the new way to change a shape.

The HTML view in Slides is being removed from the menu.

These changes will only affect the visual menu. All options will still be available via keyboard shortcuts and the search box in the Help menu.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to Rapid Release, with Scheduled Release coming in two weeks

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Add, edit, or remove a link, bookmark, or page break
Help Center: Make your document or presentation accessible
Help Center: Keyboard shortcuts for Google Docs
G Suite Updates Blog: Improving the menus and toolbars in Google Docs and Slides


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More menu improvements in Google Docs and Slides

Based on usage data and your feedback, we’re making some changes to the menus and toolbars in Google Docs and Slides on the web. These are similar to some previous changes we made and will make it easier to find certain items. Among other things, these changes include:

To add a line or page break in Docs:

To add Alt text to a shape in Docs or Slides:
  • Before: Select shape > Format > Alt text. This option will be removed from the menu.
  • After: Right click on shape > Alt text. This is the new way to add alt text to a shape.
  • See Help Center for more details: Make your document or presentation accessible.

To change a shape in Slides:

  • Before: Select shape > Format > Change shape. This option will be removed from the menu.
  • After: Right click on shape > Change shape. This is the new way to change a shape.

The HTML view in Slides is being removed from the menu.

These changes will only affect the visual menu. All options will still be available via keyboard shortcuts and the search box in the Help menu.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to Rapid Release, with Scheduled Release coming in two weeks

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Add, edit, or remove a link, bookmark, or page break
Help Center: Make your document or presentation accessible
Help Center: Keyboard shortcuts for Google Docs
G Suite Updates Blog: Improving the menus and toolbars in Google Docs and Slides


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Introducing the security center for G Suite—security analytics and best practices from Google

(Cross-posted from The Keyword)

Reena Nadkarni, Group Product Manager, G Suite
Chad Tyler, Product Manager, Security Center




We want to make it easy for you to manage your organization’s data security. A big part of this is making sure you and your admins can access a bird’s eye view of your security—and, more importantly, that you can take action based on timely insights.

Today, we’re introducing the security center for G Suite, a tool that brings together security analytics, actionable insights and best practice recommendations from Google to empower you to protect your organization, data and users.

With the security center, key executives and admins can do things like:

1. See a snapshot of important security metrics in one place. Get insights into suspicious device activity, visibility into how spam and malware are targeting users within your organization and metrics to demonstrate security effectiveness—all in a unified dashboard.

2. Stay ahead of potential threats. Admins can now examine security analytics to flag threats. For example, your team can have visibility into which users are being targeted by phishing so that you can head off potential attacks, or when Google Drive files trigger DLP rules, you have a heads up to avoid risking data exfiltration.


3. Reduce risk by adopting security health recommendations. Security health analyzes your existing security posture and gives you customized advice to secure your users and data. These recommendations cover issues ranging from how your data is stored, to how your files are shared, as well as recommendations on mobility and communications settings.


Get started

More than 3.5 million organizations rely on G Suite to collaborate securely. If you’re a G Suite Enterprise customer, you’ll be able to access the security center within the Admin console automatically in the next few days. These instructions can help admins get started and here are some security best practices to keep in mind.

If you’re new to G Suite, learn more about about how you can collaborate, store and communicate securely.


Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to G Suite Enterprise edition only

Rollout pace:
Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
Admins only

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Sign in to the security center
Help Center: Get started with the security health page
Help Center: Use settings to improve security


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New navigation menu for Admin console

We’re launching a new side navigation menu which will make it easier to see, find, and directly navigate to the information and settings in your Admin console.

This change has several advantages, including:

Easily scan more logical menu options 

We’ve grouped menu options based on how our customers use them to create a logical multi-layered menu. This makes the menu shorter and more scannable, helping you find things quickly.

Quickly find what you’re looking for 

You can hover and click through the menu to drill down directly to the pages you want to see—so you’ll spend less time browsing, and more time doing.

Streamlined menu removes clutter for delegated admins 

Delegated admins now only see the menu items they have access to with their level of administrative privileges. This makes their menu streamlined and simpler to use.

To learn more about the Admin console and how to use it, visit the Help Center.

Launch Details 

Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
Admins only Action: Admin action suggested/FYI

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Dial into Hangouts Meet from nine additional markets

In October 2017, we announced the rollout of international Hangouts Meet dial-in phone numbers for G Suite Enterprise domains. This option helps your team to stay connected, wherever they are. We’ve added this functionality for nine additional countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Romania, Switzerland and Turkey.

The current list of included countries (with more to come!) is:

  • Australia (AU)
  • Austria (AT)
  • Belgium (BE)
  • Brazil (BR)
  • Canada (CA)
  • Czech Republic (CZ)
  • Denmark (DK)
  • Finland (FI)
  • France (FR)
  • Germany (DE)
  • Ireland (IE)
  • Italy (IT)
  • Netherlands (NL)
  • New Zealand (NZ)
  • Norway (NO)
  • Poland (PL)
  • Romania (RO)
  • South Africa (ZA)
  • Spain (ES)
  • Sweden (SE)
  • Switzerland (CH)
  • Turkey (TR)
  • United Kingdom (GB)
  • United States (US)
Launch Details
Release track:
Launched to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to G Suite Enterprise edition only

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Join a video meeting

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Improved accessibility for Google Sheets, Slides, and Drawings

We want to make sure our products work well for everyone. That’s why, as part of our ongoing accessibility initiatives, we’re launching new features for Google Sheets, Slides, and Drawings. Specifically, we’re adding Braille support in Google Sheets, and screen magnifier support in Google Slides and Drawings.

Use Google Sheets with Braille displays

You can already use Braille displays to read and edit text in Docs, Slides and Drawings. Now we’re adding Braille support to Sheets as well. You’ll be able to use a Braille display to read and edit cell contents as well as navigate between cells in a sheet. At the moment, Braille support in Sheets will only be available on Chrome OS with the ChromeVox screen reader. We’re working to add support for other platforms and screen readers.

See our Help Center to find out how to use a Braille display with Sheets.

Use screen magnifiers with Google Slides and Drawings

We recently added screen magnifier support to Docs and Sheets. Now screen magnifiers will also work with Slides and Drawings.

You can use screen magnifiers with Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings on Mac and Chrome OS devices. See our Help Center to learn how to use screen magnifiers with Google Docs editors.

Launch Details

Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information


Help Center: Accessibility for Docs editors 
Help Center: Use a Braille display to read & enter text


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Improved accessibility for Google Sheets, Slides, and Drawings

We want to make sure our products work well for everyone. That’s why, as part of our ongoing accessibility initiatives, we’re launching new features for Google Sheets, Slides, and Drawings. Specifically, we’re adding Braille support in Google Sheets, and screen magnifier support in Google Slides and Drawings.

Use Google Sheets with Braille displays

You can already use Braille displays to read and edit text in Docs, Slides and Drawings. Now we’re adding Braille support to Sheets as well. You’ll be able to use a Braille display to read and edit cell contents as well as navigate between cells in a sheet. At the moment, Braille support in Sheets will only be available on Chrome OS with the ChromeVox screen reader. We’re working to add support for other platforms and screen readers.

See our Help Center to find out how to use a Braille display with Sheets.

Use screen magnifiers with Google Slides and Drawings

We recently added screen magnifier support to Docs and Sheets. Now screen magnifiers will also work with Slides and Drawings.

You can use screen magnifiers with Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings on Mac and Chrome OS devices. See our Help Center to learn how to use screen magnifiers with Google Docs editors.

Launch Details

Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information


Help Center: Accessibility for Docs editors 
Help Center: Use a Braille display to read & enter text


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Search within a folder in Google Drive

You can now search for content in a specific folder in Google Drive. Select the drop-down in the search bar and choose the folder you want from the Location menu, or right-click on a folder and search within that folder. Only folders that are within your My Drive or within Team Drives can be searched; if you have a folder that is shared with you, first add the folder to your My Drive.




Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Find files in Google Drive
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Delegate additional Gmail privileges to users

Managing the secure and efficient flow of email is critical to any organization’s success, but it can be a massive undertaking for a G Suite admin. To make this effort a bit easier, we’re introducing three new Gmail privileges that G Suite super admins can grant to other users—without needing to give them super admin status: (1) Email Log Search, (2) Access Admin Quarantine, and (3) Access Restricted Quarantines.


Email Log Search
This privilege grants a user access to Gmail’s Email Log Search feature, which makes it easy to track message delivery, view the impact of certain policies on email flow, and identify the IP addresses of connecting servers.

Access Admin Quarantine
G Suite admins can configure policies and settings to quarantine certain email messages, helping to prevent spam, minimize data loss, and protect confidential information. This privilege gives a user access to the Admin Quarantine, where they can allow or prohibit those messages from being delivered. Note that this privilege won’t allow a user to view or change any Admin Quarantine settings.

Access Restricted Quarantines
This privilege also gives a user access to the Admin Quarantine, but only to those quarantines for which they’re part of the quarantine reviewers group. Note that this privilege, like the one above, won’t allow a user to access any Admin Quarantine settings.

Super administrators can delegate these privileges to users by clicking CREATE A NEW ROLE in the Admin roles section of the Admin console and then selecting Services > Gmail and the specific privilege from the Privileges menu.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
Admins only

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: About Email Log Search
Help Center: Set up and manage admin quarantines
Help Center: Create custom administrator roles


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Install Gmail Add-ons for your entire domain

We recently launched Gmail Add-ons, which allow you to work with your favorite business apps—directly from Gmail. To make it super easy for users to access these helpful tools, we’ve now made it possible for G Suite admins to install Gmail Add-ons for their entire domains. To install an Add-on, click the Settings gear icon in Gmail and select “Get add-ons.” For additional info, see the Help Center.



In addition, we’re making it easier for developers to design Gmail Add-ons specifically for their organizations. In the coming weeks, developers in your domain will notice two changes:

  • They’ll be able to publish Gmail Add-ons to users in their own G Suite domains. In addition, they'll be able to publish to the general public, after requesting and receiving publication permission.
Stay tuned to the G Suite Developers Blog to learn more about these two developer capabilities and when they’ve launched.

These new features make it easier for users to take advantage of Gmail Add-ons and breeze through their email-related action items—without ever leaving Gmail.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
Admins and developers

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
G Suite Marketplace: Gmail Add-ons
Help Center: Install Marketplace apps


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