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Google Drive apps and add-ons moving from Chrome Web Store to G Suite Marketplace

Apps for Google Drive and add-ons for Google Docs app suite are getting a new home. Formerly found in the Chrome Web Store, they'll soon be available from the G Suite Marketplace, a thing you probably didn't know existed until now.

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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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[Update: Rolling out to all] Google Docs, Sheets, Slides get refreshed Material Design UI [APK Downloads]

The switch from Holo to Material Design in Google's own software took years, even if the company had fewer apps to worry about updating back then. In contrast, the move to the new Google Material Theme look is swifter, with many of Google's apps already updated with the design and a few more still waiting their turn. Among the latter are Google's standalone apps for Docs, Sheets, and Slides, even if their parent Drive app has already had it for a few months. But now, Docs appears to be the first app among its brethren to get a taste of the new UI.

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Google Sheets introduces Slicers, Scorecards, and Themes for more effective data visualization

Google Sheets is a handy tool for tabulating and working on data, especially since it's cross-platform and free to use. While it doesn't yet match the functionality of Microsoft Excel, it has been consistently picking up new features every month — from deduplication and trimming of whitespace to enhanced formatting tools. Today, the Sheets team announced three new data reporting tools that can help get you closer to a dashboard running only on Google Sheets.

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Google docs '.new' domain shortcuts now let you easily switch accounts

If you haven't already used the ".new" domain shortcuts with Google's G Suite services like Docs, Sheets, or Slides, you're missing out. The feature allows you to quickly and easily create a new blank document (or spreadsheet, or presentation, etc.) without all the tedium of navigating Google Drive to open one. The only real disadvantage was they would previously only open a new document under your current primary Google account, but now you can append a number (i.e., docs.new/2) to open a new blank document under a different account listed in the switcher.

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Google Docs now offers document approval requests and reviews in beta

In business environments, it's pretty common for employees to have to get a higher-up's approval on documents. Google Drive never offered a legitimate way to keep track of who's approved what, but that's changing starting today. G Suite users can now join a beta that will allow them to request and review Docs, Sheets, and Slides approvals.

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Google Docs can finally highlight differences between two documents

Google Docs made collaborating on files so much easier, as it lets several people edit the same document concurrently, without having to worry about version numbers or consolidating changes. However, there are times when you can't use the service and have to rely on locally saved files. This is often the case when interacting with clients or people unfamiliar with collaborative software, who send their edits without activating Revision mode. For these cases, it's always handy to have the computer compare the two versions and highlight changes for you. Although Microsoft Word has been capable of doing this for ages, Google just made it possible on its software.

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Google Sheets introduces enhanced formatting tools, inches closer to Excel parity

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Dropbox will let you edit your files in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides soon

Dropbox is allowing some of its enterprise customers to edit text, spreadsheet and presentation files in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides straight from its cloud storage platforms. The new functionality, first announced last year, is being tested in an open beta program.

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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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