Google Docs made its name on collaboration. With documents synced and auto-saved across the web, jumping into an upcoming project for work is quick and simple. Of course, when you're working with multiple team members, knowing who edited what can be challenging. With its latest update, Google Docs has made it a lot easier for Workspace users to keep track of changes.
If you've been having issues with weird text formatting or just generally been unable to edit Google Docs or Slides for the last day or two, turns out that's A Thing. While we initially didn't know the precise cause or why it's only happening right now, Google Drive Product Manager Remy Burger is pointing at recent changes some adblockers have implemented — so disabling content blockers on Drive, Docs, Slides, and Co. might fix the problem for you.
Google had always been fairly generous with its cloud storage, but that policy finally started to change late last year. In addition to losing out on free high-quality photo uploads, all files created in Drive will begin counting against your total storage allotment on June 1st. While that leaves most of us with just a couple of months left before these changes take effect, Workspace and G Suite users have been granted an extension, moving the date for those accounts to February 1st, 2022.
With its intuitive UI and cross-platform availability, Google Docs has turned out to be a popular writing tool for people from all walks of life. Last year, with the introduction of a citation tool, it became a bit friendlier for those working on academic papers. Of course, not every reference someone wants to make will be from a formal book, and now Google is acknowledging that there may be situations when you have to cite a film or a TV show in your work.
Being able to locate specific information in Google's products can help improve your day-to-day workflow. Most power users are probably familiar with Gmail's search operators — keywords that add filters to help you achieve better results. Google Drive also supports operators designed to seek out specific documents, and with today's update, those are becoming more useful than ever. An all-new operator for finding shared files is available to Drive users beginning today, as well as updated versions of some essential search terms.
Google Drive makes it super easy to collaborate with anyone on documents, slideshows, and spreadsheets. Being able to comment on a coworker's project plan or to take feedback on your upcoming presentation helps improve your end result. Outside of email alerts, however, it can be tough to keep track of requests, tasks, and notes on your work inside Drive. To help manage your tasks, Google is adding a notifications tab inside the Drive app for Android that allows you to view activity on every file you have stored in the cloud.
Google Docs has made it easy for several people to collaborate on the same document. Since it's integrated with other G Suite products, the online productivity solution also lets users mention their co-workers or reply to their comments, allowing them to collaborate seamlessly. However, your colleague may be out of the office when you need something from them, which is why Docs will now let you know they're probably not going to reply to your comment as fast as you might expect them to.
Google Docs is more important than ever these days due to the amount of people working, learning, and collaborating from home, and Google's keeping it up-to-date with the regular release of new features. Smart compose and autocorrect started rolling out to some users last year, and now both features are coming to Docs comments, to help make adding those to documents easier, smarter, and more grammatically correct.
Google Docs is a powerful tool that can unlock a lot of possibilities when it comes to editing documents, but combining portrait and landscape page orientations wasn't one of them — until now. That's right: Google is finally allowing users to create horizontal and vertical pages within the same document.
Google's office suite has been able to work with Microsoft Office files for a while now, but the company has recently focused on improving the experience. Last month, it started making editing more accessible for Office files stored in Drive, and now it's announcing new features that create even more synergy between Gmail, Drive, and Office files.