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google Docs Overview Updated July 25, 2019

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google Docs originated from web-based word processor Writely. The app would lay the groundwork for such common features as collaborative text editing. Eventually acquired by google, it was made available to all google Apps users in February of 2007.

The marquee feature of Docs is the ability to collaborate with a wide number of people online. Controls help determine who can see, comment, and edit documents. In its current form, Docs is an HTML5 app that runs on most modern browsers and even has support for rudimentary viewing on mobile. Its Android and iOS apps are quite powerful and gives users access to the same web functionality.

On Chrome, Docs works offline and allows users to work without an internet connection and have changes synced backed up to the cloud. An Add-ons feature allows third-party developers to add extra functionality like a thesaurus and a bibliography creator.

google Docs Stories July 25

Last year, google introduced an extremely convenient way to create blank Docs, Sheets, and Slides with the .new domain. The google docs.new shortcut now supports quick file creation in your other signed-in accounts, including your work or school G Suite.

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google Docs Stories July 9

One longstanding complaint among google users on the web is how being logged in with both personal and G Suite accounts results in a confusing file launch process. google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will now display a prominent prompt about what account you’re signed in with.

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google Docs Stories June 18

google Docs app tests Material Theme w/ some users on Android

google’s Material Theme has solely been making its way out to the company’s various Android apps, and it seems the latest is google Docs. Some users are currently seeing a new interface takeover the app on Android.

google Docs Stories June 6

google Docs link editor gets google Material Theme refresh on the web

Earlier this year, google Docs picked up the Material Theme on both the web homepage and in the editor. With G Suite especially, google has been incrementally adding new features to apps and tweaking others. The latest in google Docs is a Material Theme link editor.

google Docs Stories May 30

google Docs adds per section margins, new break formatting tools

The latest update to google Docs adds two new tools to the G Suite word processor that improves page formatting. Especially useful when printing, the first deals with inserting and viewing breaks, while the second works in tandem to allow custom section margins.

google Docs Stories May 24

google Docs, Slides adds ‘Linked objects’ tool to update embedded charts, graphs

The apps in google’s office suite are linked together to improve workflows and productivity. google has now added a new “Linked objects” sidebar in Docs and Slides to “access all linked content” and quickly update them.

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