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Gmail will now tell you when you're about to write to a co-worker who's out of the office

We've all written to someone about an urgent topic, only to get an automatic reply in return saying the person is currently out of office. Google is rolling out a new feature in Gmail and Calendar to help you avoid unnecessarily contacting people who are unable to reply, as it will now let you know your co-worker is out of office before you even write to them.

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Google Docs gets new fonts to improve reading speed, so now everyone can reject your screenplay much faster

Today Google has announced that Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides have access to a small pile of new "Lexend" family of fonts meant to make reading a bit easier. Based on a bit of research which claims that character size, spacing, and stretch can enhance understanding if customized to reading speed, the new fonts come in eight different widths from "Zetta" to "Deca."

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Google Drive on the web adds offline saving for all files

You've always been able to access Google Drive files offline with the official 'Backup & Sync' desktop client, but given how terrible that application is, it's nice to see the web app get similar functionality. Google added the ability to mark Docs files for offline access (and edit them offline) earlier this year, but now you can save any Drive file.

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In 2019, Google G Suite feels incomplete without a proper graphics editor

This might seem like wishful thinking at best, but hear me out: Google should make a photo editor. I'm not talking about the simple crop-and-filter tools built into Google Photos, but a "real" raster graphics editor with layers and more flexibility, not just to enhance the already great camera chops of the company's Pixel phones, but to help with modern productivity. The nature of work has been changing since the productivity side of G Suite — Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive — landed back in 2012, and in 2019 many modern workflows can't be completed without graphics or photo editing.

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Google Docs finally lets you adjust margins per section and add section breaks

Just about one or two decades ago, we would've laughed anyone off who'd say that we will be editing our text documents in the browser one day. And even if we believed him or her, we would‘ve never thought that a web app could replace native programs for many people and companies. Yet here we are today with Google Drive, which barely stands still and continuously receives new features – just like this Thursday, when the company announced the addition of new formatting tools, including the option to adjust page margins per section and section breaks.

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Google Slides to let your annoying coworker add annoying music to his annoying presentations

Sometimes when you're giving a presentation, an audio clip can really help illustrate a point. Up until now, there was no simple way to play that audio alongside a Google Slides slideshow, but Google has announced that the option to embed audio clips directly into presentations is coming.

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Google Drive's AI-driven Priority page is rolling out to G Suite accounts

Google Drive is the place to save your files and collaborate on them. If you're anything like me, however, your data will clutter until the place looks like it's been hit by a bomb. Luckily, Google knows us and is adding a Priority page to Drive that will show you the documents it thinks are the most relevant to you right now.

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Google Docs adds grammar suggestions to help we write gooder

Like any other major word processor, Google Docs has offered spelling and grammar checks for some time. However, Google is now differentiating its own by adding machine translation-based grammar suggestions, basically going head-to-head with third-party services like Grammarly.

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G Suite updates: Embeddable Google Drawings in Docs and more colorful graphs in Sheets

In an announcement that would have seemed at home in the year 1990, Google has announced that you can make a design element in your Sheets chart a unique color. For instance, in a bar graph where all the bars are blue, you can make one red (see above). Before you rush to your personal computing machine to try out that innovative new feature, though, note that there's another G Suite update coming as well. You can now embed a Google Drawings file into a Doc, and easily update the content of the linked drawing if and/or when it changes.

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Google Classroom is coming to all G Suite customers as a teaching tool for employers

If you couldn't guess, Google Classroom was designed to be used in classrooms: teachers can use it to create and assign classwork and communicate with students. Now, the platform is coming to G Suite to afford employers the same capabilities.

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