I'm a tremendous fan of night or "dark" modes for websites and apps. A darker background uses less battery power and is easier on your eyes than a bright white one. It's a win-win. I've written before about a few Chrome extensions that will let you turn on a dark mode for everything you do. This week I came across a new one that works specifically for Google Docs.
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You’re typing an email, you paste in some text from a Word doc and suddenly half your email is a different font. Or you paste a headline into a Google doc and it shows up in giant 48pt text. This annoying paste behaviour is the default in most Windows, macOS and web apps. In outgoing docs and emails, it makes you look sloppy. Here’s how to fix it.
If you use Google Docs (or Sheets, or Slides) you may have noticed a recent pop-up letting you know that "Editors can now see view history". Without any context, the message is a little confusing - even disconcerting if you're the paranoid type - but there's nothing to be worried about. Here's what you need to know about the latest feature coming to Google Drive.
My favourite thing about Graphite, the new blockchain-based Google Docs competitor, is that it's so much faster. Docs used to be the lightweight alternative to MS Word; now it feels similarly slow and bloated. While I still use it for collaborative work, I've been leaning toward Apple's Notes app in all my solo writing; it's much faster but has some stupid design choices, such as a bad default font and bright yellow link text. (My second favourite thing about Graphite is that it looks crisp and handsome.)
Nowadays, many companies allow their employees and teams to operate remotely. While that's great for cutting costs and improving efficiency, this style of work can make it difficult for members to stay on the same page throughout the day. Therein lies the value of the Droplr Screenshot and Screencasting Tool.
Google Docs, Sheets and Slides have been given a significant update with collaboration features the centrepiece of the update. The updates include improved versioning tools, the ability to quickly preview a clean version of a document, accepting or rejecting all edits in one go, and an option where Google can suggest document changes.
Yesterday, Google added its note taking tool, Keep, to its G Suite service (formally Google Apps). That means if you're using a company or school Google account you can finally get access to the excellent Google Keep. They also added access to Keep right in Google Docs.
Google has announced that it has teamed up with cloud storage provider Box which will see a tighter integration between their productivity offerings. It opens doors for Google Docs users to easily store documents in Box, which is a curious decision given Google already has its own online storage service. Meanwhile, Box will get access to Google Springboard, an AI assistant tool that helps users search for information they need and provides recommendations of what they might want to see. Read on for more details.
Android: Google Drive on the web comes with a ton of awesome and useful add-ons. Now, that power's coming to Android. When using Docs or Sheets, you can install a selection of add-ons built specifically to extend the mobile apps' functionality.
Google Forms is one of the easiest ways to gather data for your spreadsheets in Google Sheets. If you're not familiar with its ins and outs, this visual guide shows you what you need to know to get started.
Google Docs added voice typing last year, but now you can also edit and format docs without your keyboard.