TechCrunch: Google is adding new Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Keep optimizations for tablets

TechCrunch: Google is adding new Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Keep optimizations for tablets. “Google introduced Android 12L earlier this year to make tablets easier to use, and at I/O, the company announced plans to update more than 20 Google apps on tablets to optimize them for larger screens. Today, Google said it’s adding several new features for Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Keep to get started on this promise.”

WIRED: How to Use Markdown in Google Docs

WIRED: How to Use Markdown in Google Docs . “Google Docs can convert markdown to its native formatting in real time, but only a small subset of what’s called Markdown is supported. Still, it’s the fastest way to bold and italicize text, and add links, in Google Docs. If you don’t know what Markdown is, you’re not going to be interested in this feature, but if you (like me) find yourself using it reflexively, you will want to enable it. Here’s how it works.”

How-To Geek: How to Track Projects and Reviews in Google Docs With Table Templates

How-To Geek: How to Track Projects and Reviews in Google Docs With Table Templates. “When using Google Docs, you might add a table to neatly organize information so that you can share it with your company or audience. To speed up the creation process, try a table template instead. A table is a terrific tool for structuring data, but what makes it even better is when the table is created for you. All you have to do is pop in your own details. In Google Docs, you can use table templates for products, reviews, projects, and content.”

MakeUseOf: How to Find Public Google Docs (and Slides, Forms, Sheets, and Drawings too)

MakeUseOf: How to Find Public Google Docs (and Slides, Forms, Sheets, and Drawings too). “Similarly, you can easily find public Google Docs, Slides, Forms, Drawings, and Sheets using some easy but Advanced Search operations and tools. In this article, we’ll show you some simple tricks to help you find public Google Drive files including Slides, Forms, Sheets, and Drawings.” Joy Okumoko does it again. I didn’t know about Heystack.

Tom’s Guide: Google Drive just got the copy and paste upgrade that will make your life easier

Tom’s Guide: Google Drive just got the copy and paste upgrade that will make your life easier. “Ctrl C, Ctrl V is the comfort food equivalent for keyboard shortcuts — so the fact that Google Drive did not have this shortcut all along is just weird. Well, better late than never, Google is finally rolling out an update for Google Drive that will let you cut, copy or paste files into the Drive and manage them easily.”

Motherboard: Google’s AI-Powered ‘Inclusive Warnings’ Feature Is Very Broken

Motherboard: Google’s AI-Powered ‘Inclusive Warnings’ Feature Is Very Broken. “Starting this month—21 years after Microsoft turned off Clippy because people hated it so much—Google is rolling out a new feature called ‘assistive writing’ that butts into your prose to make style and tone notes on word choice, concision, and inclusive language…. this feature is showing up for end users in Google Docs, one of the company’s most widely-used products, and it’s annoying as hell.”

How-To Geek: How to Group Images in Google Docs

How-To Geek: How to Group Images in Google Docs. “When you use images in your document, you might want to keep them together. This allows you to move them as a group and resize that group to fit your document better. Here’s how to group images in Google Docs. As of this writing, Google Docs doesn’t offer an official method for grouping images the way that Microsoft Word lets you group shapes. But with a little magic from the drawing tool, you can create your group and use it in your document like any other image.”

The Verge: # Google Docs is getting more Markdown support

The Verge: # Google Docs is getting more Markdown support. “Google is adding Markdown support to Google Docs on the web, letting you format your document using text shortcuts rather than keyboard ones. In a blog post announcing the feature, Google says it’s doing this through its autocorrect feature, so it will automatically format the text for you after you type it in Markdown format. For example, if you type ‘# Google Docs is getting more Markdown support’ it’ll automatically get converted to a level one heading.”

The Verge: Google Docs update lets you draft emails and send them to Gmail with a click

The Verge: Google Docs update lets you draft emails and send them to Gmail with a click. “Google is rolling out a new feature in its Docs that’s designed to make it easier to use its word processor to draft emails, the company has announced. It’s part of Google’s ‘smart canvas’ initiative, which aims to seamlessly weave together the search giant’s productivity software like Meet, Docs, and Gmail.”

ThreatPost: Attackers Exploit Flaw in Google Docs’ Comments Feature

ThreatPost: Attackers Exploit Flaw in Google Docs’ Comments Feature. “A wave of phishing attacks identified in December targeting mainly Outlook users are difficult for both email scanners and victims to flag, researchers said. Attackers are using the ‘Comments’ feature of Google Docs to send malicious links in a phishing campaign targeted primarily at Outlook users, researchers have discovered.”

ZDNet: This new Google Docs feature will let you add a lot more stuff to your documents

ZDNet: This new Google Docs feature will let you add a lot more stuff to your documents. “Google has announced the Docs ‘universal @ menu’ as a way for adding everything from tables, images, to formatting by typing ‘@’. This feature is an expansion of existing ‘smart chips’ integrations. Google earlier this year launched smart chips, a new @ tag tool for linking information from other Workspace apps to a Docs file. It’s Google’s bid to change the word-processing experience.”

Engadget: 15 years of Google Docs, and where the next 15 might take us

Engadget: 15 years of Google Docs, and where the next 15 might take us. “15 years ago, if you were writing a document, chances are you were doing it in Microsoft Word. Part of the company’s wildly successful Office suite, Word was the de-facto option for drafting text, whether you were an author, an office worker, a student, a teacher… you get the point. But on October 11th, 2006, Google officially launched Google Docs and Spreadsheets in beta.”