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  • A screenshot of Google Slides showing a side panel with options on what the Gemini AI assistant can do.

    Google rolls out Gemini side panels for Gmail and other Workspace apps

    by 
    Mariella Moon
    Mariella Moon
    06.25.2024

    Google is making Gemini more easily accessible in its Workspace apps, if you're a paying customer.

  • An update to Google Sheets.

    Google Sheets' new tool lets you set specific rules for notifications.

    by 
    Sarah Fielding
    Sarah Fielding
    06.06.2024

    Google Sheets is getting conditional notifications, letting you tailor alerts.

  • A still from an animation showing the new Google Maps smart chip within a Google Doc.

    Google adds new productivity tools to its Smart Canvas collaboration platform

    by 
    Cherlynn Low
    Cherlynn Low
    02.15.2022

    Google is unveiling a set of updates for Workspace apps today to let you work on the same files more easily with your teammates.

  • Nanit Pro

    Nanit launches a Pro version of its smart baby monitor

    by 
    Daniel Cooper
    Daniel Cooper
    02.02.2021

    It has a slimmer design, and a 1080p camera.

  • BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 22: The logo of the online office software Google Docs is shown on the display of a smartphone on April 22, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)

    Google adds Smart Compose autocomplete to its Docs mobile app

    by 
    Kris Holt
    Kris Holt
    08.05.2020

    You'll need to be a G Suite subscriber to use Smart Compose in Docs, though.

  • Google Docs, Slides, Sheets dark mode

    Google brings dark mode to Docs, Sheets and Slides on Android

    by 
    Christine Fisher
    Christine Fisher
    07.07.2020

    Google is adding a dark mode to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides on Android

  • Smart Fill demo

    Google Sheets will soon suggest formulas as you type

    by 
    Igor Bonifacic
    Igor Bonifacic
    06.30.2020

    Google is introducing a Smart Compose-like feature to Sheets.

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    Google gives its Android office apps a fresher, more consistent look

    by 
    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    10.07.2019

    Google is making it easier to juggle its productivity apps on your phone. The internet giant has released updated versions of Docs, Sheets and Slides for Android with a refreshed visual design that doesn't add any big features, but should provide an easier and more familiar experience. They all have more consistent controls, easier-to-read typefaces and reworked document lists. You won't have quite such a jarring transition as you move from editing a report to finishing a presentation.

  • Dropbox

    Google Docs can now be edited inside of Dropbox

    by 
    Nathan Ingraham
    Nathan Ingraham
    04.09.2019

    It's been more than a year since Dropbox and Google announced that they would partner to make their products (including Gmail, Docs, Sheets and Slides) work better together. The Gmail / Dropbox integration launched last summer, and now we're getting to the main event. Starting today, Dropbox Business customers can participate in an open beta program that makes Google Docs, Sheet and Slides work natively in Dropbox.

  • Jon Fingas/Engadget

    Google caters to productivity pros with macro recording in Sheets

    by 
    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    04.11.2018

    If your work revolves around spreadsheets, there's a good chance you depend on macros -- those automated actions can save you hours upon hours of repetitive effort. They've been a pain in Google Sheets, however, as you've had to rely on complicated scripts. It should be much easier in the next few weeks. Google is adding macro recording to Sheets, making automation just a matter of walking through the necessary steps yourself. You still have to dive into scripts when you want to edit macros, but this should help you spend more time working on budget reports and less time getting ready to work.

  • AOL

    Google's productivity suite now shows who viewed your files

    by 
    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    03.07.2018

    If you've ever worked on shared documents, you know the potential for confusion: a coworker may harangue you over an old file without realizing that you made changes hours ago. That shouldn't be a problem with Google's G Suite in the future. Google is introducing an Activity dashboard for Docs, Sheets and Slides that lets anyone with edit access see who has seen a file and when. You'll know if your manager actually read that updated spreadsheet before giving you grief.

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    Google Drive enables commenting on Microsoft Office files

    by 
    Mariella Moon
    Mariella Moon
    02.07.2018

    It's not that hard to convert Microsoft Office files into G Suite docs, sheets or slides, so you and your teammates or clients can collaborate via Google Drive. But thing is, it's just so much easier if you don't have to. Now, Google has rolled out a feature that gives you the power to comment directly on Microsoft Office files, PDFs and images uploaded on Drive. You simply have to highlight the part you want to comment on in Preview mode (like what you'd do on a G Suite file), click the Comment icon that pops up and type what you want to say.

  • Paul Hanna / Reuters

    Google Sheets uses machine learning to build you better charts

    by 
    Nathan Ingraham
    Nathan Ingraham
    06.01.2017

    Google spent plenty of time at its I/O developer conference earlier this month talking about how we're entering the age of AI. Today, the company's humble spreadsheet app Sheets is getting an upgrade thanks to Google's machine learning smarts. Sheets has long had an "explore" tool that analyzes your spreadsheets and builds charts automatically, but as of today you'll be able to ask for charts using natural language.

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    Google Docs could make writing that term paper a little easier

    by 
    Timothy J. Seppala
    Timothy J. Seppala
    12.06.2016

    Formatting and inserting citations are some of the worst parts of writing a term paper. But Google wants to help make that tedious process a little less soul-crushing. An upcoming update to G Suite will toss those attributions in as a footnote for a Doc, Sheet or Slide with a single tap. It's thanks in part to how the new, contextual "Explore" tab Google launched earlier this year works. It's a little confusing though, because screenshots in the blog post are from mobile web and there isn't any clarification if this is a desktop option as well.

  • Google Drive saves individual Slides, Docs or Sheets offline

    by 
    Steve Dent
    Steve Dent
    04.19.2016

    Google introduced offline access to Sheets, Docs and Slides for Drive back in 2013, but once you select the option, it stores a large chunk of files on your device. Starting today, however, an update to Drive lets you select individual documents to save offline. To use the new option, go to the home screen for either Docs, Sheets or Slides, select the overflow menu for the file you want to make offline (the three dots) and toggle the "available offline" switch to "on." Bear in mind that it only works in the Chrome browser on the desktop for now.

  • New Google Docs, Sheets and Slides features make schoolwork less miserable

    by 
    Nathan Ingraham
    Nathan Ingraham
    09.02.2015

    Google is holding a "back-to-school" event today at its San Francisco office to introduce a set of new Google Docs tools specifically built with the classroom in mind -- though all Docs users will benefit from these changes. Some will only be appearing on Android, some will be in the desktop, and some will be hitting both, but regardless it should make life easier for Docs users. Google introduced six new features, including built-in Search for Docs on Android, voice typing, automatic chart creation for Sheets and more.

  • Google updates Docs, Sheets, and Slides with new features and improved security

    by 
    John-Michael Bond
    John-Michael Bond
    01.23.2015

    Google has released an updated versions of its Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps which allow users to manage the files within their Google Drive. On the security front all three apps now support Touch ID unlocking in iOS. Accessibility has been enhanced with support for VoiceOver to create, edit, and share files across the apps. In addition screen magnification has been improved when using iOS zoom in feature. None of that matters really if the apps don't help you with productivity, but these updates also bring a number of new features to working with Google's apps. Documents see addition of real-time spell-checking, which is a nice feature when typing on a tiny screen. Working within Sheets has gotten easier thanks to the ability to hide rows and columns within spreadsheets. Finally Slides has added grouping of shapes, allowing you to add, remove, and move images within a presentation from your iOS device. You can find Docs here, Sheets here, and Slides here, all from the iTunes Store.

  • Google drops Quickoffice now that its own apps can handle your work

    by 
    Jon Fingas
    Jon Fingas
    06.30.2014

    Google bought Quickoffice to boost the productivity of its Apps suite, and it clearly accomplished that mission when it released a slew of mobile editing tools that merge Quickoffice's file tech with Google Drive. Accordingly, the search firm is pulling the plug on the earlier software; it's going to remove Quickoffice from both Apple's App Store and Google Play "in the coming weeks." You can still download it after that if you're an existing fan, but newcomers will have no choice but to use either Google's apps or their rough equivalents.

  • Google Drive for Android to lose document editing, prompt downloads of Docs and Sheets apps

    by 
    Michael Gorman
    Michael Gorman
    05.04.2014

    Looks like the new Docs and Sheets apps were harbingers of changes for Google Drive's Android app. The good folks at Android Police parsed Drive's new, currently unreleased version and discovered that it no longer has document or sheet editing capabilities. Should you try to make changes, the app prompts you to download the appropriate app to do so. Choose not to download and attempt to open a file, and you'll be greeted by a view-only mode. While users may be a bit miffed at being force-fed a pair of new apps, it may prove beneficial. Separating the doc editing and cloud storage components will (presumably) let Google streamline the experience for each and give you option to download only the apps you need.

  • Google releasing standalone mobile apps for editing docs, spreadsheets and presentations

    by 
    Dana Wollman
    Dana Wollman
    04.30.2014

    Google's long had a Drive app for both Android and iOS, but who knows, maybe you just can't handle that many features in one program. If for some reason you're the kind of person who only wants to edit documents and never see another spreadsheet again (not that we blame you), Google just released standalone Drive apps for Android and iOS, each with offline support built in. These include Docs and Sheets to start; a Slides app for presentations is coming too, but hasn't been released yet. If all you want is a text editor or spreadsheet repository, though, you'll find the appropriate download links below.