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Google rolls out subtle Material Theme tweaks to Docs and Voice

Whether you like or hate the stark whiteness of Google's Material Theme/Material Design 2/whatever you want to call it, its influence has been unceasingly percolating throughout the company's various apps and services. Google Docs and Google Voice are the latest to see changes, picking up a handful of tweaks including monochrome, hollowed-out iconography, rounded corners, and more white.

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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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Google Drive and Docs on the web add support for Burmese and Welsh

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Material Design comes to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites on the web

Following a slew of second-generation Material Design updates for the web over the past month or so (namely Calendar, Classroom, and Google Accounts), Google is bringing its modern design aesthetic to several more G Suite platforms on the web. Material Design is hitting Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites beginning today, January 15.

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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 Docs passes 500 million installs on the Play Store

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Google Docs introduces '.new' domain shortcuts for creating documents

Creating a new document with Google Docs was never a particularly labor-intensive task; all you have to do is open the appropriate site and click "New." But now, Google has simplified the process even further by allowing users to start new documents right from their browsers' address bar using domains that end in ".new."

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Grammarly for Chrome starts rolling out Google Docs beta support to all users

When you're writing a lot, whether for your education or profession, it's easy to make mistakes, whether they be typos or straight up grammar errors. One of the more popular services to catch problems or offer suggestions for writing improvement is Grammarly. There's already a Chrome extension for it (in addition to the dedicated editor), but now all users will be able to get writing help right in Google Docs. 

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Google Calendar and Docs get expandable sidebar for quick access to other G Suite products

When the new Gmail arrived in April this year, it brought with it a quick-access side panel that integrated Calendar, Tasks, and Keep right into the email platform's interface. Now, that feature is coming to Google Docs editors and Google Calendar, as well. This means that you'll be able to access compact versions of Calendar, Keep, and Tasks from an expandable panel on the right-hand side of Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings. As for Google Calendar, you'll get just Keep and Tasks. 

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G Suite gets smarter with Quick Access in Docs, faster scheduling in Calendar, and more

Today is a big day for G Suite customers. Not only did Hangouts Chat finally launch, but Google is adding some new features to other core programs in its office productivity suite. This is all, of course, to help teams respond to their business needs faster by giving them better, easier ways to manage projects.

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