Tag Archives: Google Docs

Fix images to a certain location on a page in Google Docs

Quick launch summary 

In Google Docs, you can now position an image in a fixed place, ensuring it stays in a certain spot on the page and is not disrupted by text and other elements.

We’ve also added a new sidebar where you can quickly access other image formatting options such as size, rotation, and brightness and contrast settings.

Getting started 

Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.

End users: This feature will be available by default. To position an image relative to a page, select the image and from the menu bar below it, select “Fix position on page”. To open the “Image options” sidebar, select the overflow menu (three dot), followed by “All image options”. To learn more about formatting images in Google Docs, see this article in our Help Center.


Rollout pace



Availability


  • Available to all G Suite customers and users with personal Google Accounts

Resources




Accessibility improvements for Google Docs

Quick launch summary 

We’re making several improvements to accessibility features in Google Docs. Some enhancements you’ll notice are:

  • Improvements in how screen readers verbalize content, including for non-text information like comments and suggestions. 
  • Improvements in how Braille displays render content, including symbols, emojis, and other glyphs. 
  • Improved support for navigating through elements such as tables, headers, and footers.
  • Improved caret tracking. 
We hope these improvements make it easier for users of assistive technologies to work in Google Docs.

Getting started 

Admins: There is no admin action required for this feature.

End users: These improvements will be automatically available to end users. Visit the Help Center to learn more about accessibility for Docs editors.

Rollout pace 


Availability 



  • Available to all G Suite customers and users with personal Google Accounts 

Resources 



Smart Compose in Google Docs now generally available

Quick launch summary

Last year, we announced a beta for Smart Compose in Google Docs, a feature that helps you compose high-quality content in Google Docs faster and more easily. Smart Compose saves you time by cutting back on repetitive writing, helps reduce the chance of spelling and grammatical errors, and can suggest relevant contextual phrases.

This feature is now generally available and has started rolling out to all G Suite customers. Note that Smart Compose is only available in English at the moment.

Getting started

  • Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.
  • End users: This feature will be ON by default and can be disabled  by going to Tools > Preferences and unchecking “Show Smart Compose Suggestions”. When enabled, you’ll automatically see Smart Compose suggestions. To accept a suggestion you like, press “tab” or right click on your cursor. Visit the Help Center to learn more about using Smart Compose in Google Docs.

Rollout pace

  • Rapid Release domains: Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on February 18, 2020
  • Scheduled Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on March 3, 2020

Availability

  • Available to all G Suite customers
  • Not available to users with personal Google Accounts

Resources

Roadmap


Autocorrect now available for Google Docs on web

Quick launch summary

Last year, we announced improved as-you-type spelling and grammar corrections in Gmail. Now, we’re bringing that functionality to Google Docs on the web.


Autocorrect helps you compose documents quickly and with confidence. Misspelled words will automatically be corrected while typing and denoted with a grey dashed underline. As you continue typing, this dashed line will disappear.

If you need to undo a correction, you can simply hit backspace, select “Undo” while hovering over the autocorrected word, or use keyboard shortcuts like Command+Z.

Getting started


  • Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.
  • End users: This feature will be ON by default and can be disabled by going to Tools > Preferences and unchecking “Automatically correct spelling”. Visit the Help Center to learn more about using autocorrect in Google Docs.

Rollout pace

  • Rapid Release domains: Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on February 18, 2020
  • Scheduled Release domains: Extended rollout (potentially longer than 15 days for feature visibility) starting on March 3, 2020

Availability

  • Available to all G Suite customers and users with personal Google Accounts

Resources

Roadmap

Smart Compose for Google Docs launching in beta

This announcement was made at Google Cloud Next ‘19 UK. Check out Next OnAir to tune into the livestream or watch session recordings following the event.


What’s changing 

Last year, we introduced Smart Compose for Gmail, a feature that uses artificial intelligence to help you draft emails faster. We’re now bringing Smart Compose to Google Docs with a new beta. This feature is available on the web.


Who’s impacted 

Admins and end users

Why you’d use it 

Smart Compose helps you compose high-quality content in Google Docs faster and more easily. It saves you time by cutting back on repetitive writing, helps reduce the chance of spelling and grammatical errors, and can suggest relevant contextual phrases.

How to get started 

  • Admins: Sign up for the Smart Compose for Google Docs beta. 
  • End users: Once your domain is whitelisted into the beta, you’ll see Smart Compose suggestions as you type. When you see a suggestion you like, press “tab” or right click on your cursor to use it. To turn off Smart Compose, go to Tools > Preferences and uncheck “Show Smart Compose Suggestions”. 

Additional details 

Note that this beta will only be available in English.

Helpful links 

Availability 

G Suite editions 
  • Available to all G Suite editions 
  • Not available to personal Google Accounts 

On/off by default? 
  • Once your domain has been accepted into the beta, this feature will be ON by default and can be disabled by the user. 
  • End users can turn off Smart Compose by going to Tools > Preferences and unchecking “Show Smart Compose Suggestions”. 

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Add different page numbers to different sections in Google Docs

Quick launch summary 

You can now customize which sections to add page numbers to and which number to start counting from in Google Docs.



After creating sections in your document, you can specify which sections to apply the page numbers to. For example, if your doc contains cover pages and table of contents, you can choose to apply page numbers to the body of your doc only.

To access this feature, go to Insert > Page Numbers > More options. Use our Help Center to learn more about page numbers in Google Docs.

This feature, along with additional controls for headers and footers, gives you more options to customize your Google Docs.

Availability 

Rollout details 



G Suite editions 

  • Available to all G Suite editions 


On/off by default? 

  • This feature will be available by default.


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Instantly create new docs, events, spreadsheets and more from your browser

Quick launch summary

You can quickly create new files directly from your browser with “.new” domains for several Google products. For example, you can type “Cal.new” into your browser to create a new Google Calendar event.



The current “.new” domains are:

Availability

Rollout details



G Suite editions

  • Available to all G Suite editions


On/off by default?
  • This feature will be available by default.


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A new look for the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Android apps

Quick launch summary 

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides now have a new look and feel on Android devices. While there are no functionality changes, users will notice visual improvements, including a restyled document list, highly-legible typefaces, consistent controls, and updated iconography.

This redesign is already reflected in the latest versions of the Google Docs and Slides Android Apps. It will begin rolling out to Sheets on Android today.

Screenshots of Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets with the Material redesign.


This Material redesign is part of a larger effort to bring consistency to the look and feel of our G Suite apps, with ease-of-use in mind. See here for more information on the Google Drive Material redesign on iOS and Android and here for the Docs, Sheets, and Slides redesign on the web

Availability 

Rollout details 
G Suite editions 
  • Available to all G Suite editions 

On/off by default? 
  • This feature will be ON by default.

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Better line spacing support for branding in Google Docs and Slides

Quick launch summary

You can now set custom line spacing to be less than one in Google Docs and Google Slides. This allows for more detailed control of line spacing so you can better control the appearance of your fonts. Our users have told us this is a critical need for meeting brand guidelines or creating documentation that requires visual polish. Additionally, this will help preserve formatting when importing and exporting files in legacy formats.



To customize your line spacing, go to Format > Line Spacing > Custom Spacing.

Availability

Rollout details


G Suite editions

  • Available to all G Suite editions


On/off by default?

  • This feature will be ON by default.


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Display the word count as you type in Google Docs

Quick launch summary

Users often need to see the word count in the documents they write. Instead of going to Tools > Word Count each time you want to view this information, now, you can simply select Tools > Word count > Display word count while typing to continuously display it in the lower left corner of your doc:




We’ve heard that displaying this information is helpful to users working on docs that require minimum or maximum word count.

If you click on the word count box, you can also view more information, like the page count, character count (with and without spaces). To see the word count of a specific section of text, simply highlight that section in your doc. To learn more, see our Help Center.

Availability

Rollout details
G Suite editions
  • Available to all G Suite editions
On/off by default?
  • This feature will be available by default and can be accessed by going to Tools > Word count > Display word count in Google Docs.

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