Google Continues to Tweak G Suite App Menus for Clarity

Over the past few months, Google has been making minor tweaks to the menus in various G Suite apps online.  Most of these efforts, with the biggest change coming last month, have been aimed at making it easier to navigate these menus and to be clear about what exactly you are doing with that menu option.

Today another round of menu tweaks started rolling out to all G Suite customers that further adjusts menus in Google Docs and Google Slides.  In their announcement, Google laid out the before and after menu views to help users find the difference.

For Google Docs, to add a line or page break, here are the changes:

  • Before: Insert > Page break or Column break
  • After: Insert > Break > Page break or Column break

For both Google Docs and Google Slides, to add Alt text to a shape, here are the changes:

  • Before: Select shape > Format > Alt text. This option will be removed from the menu.
  • After: Right click on shape > Alt text. This is the new way to add alt text to a shape.

To change a shape in Google Slides, here are the changes:

  • Before: Select shape > Format > Change shape. This option will be removed from the menu.
  • After: Right click on shape > Change shape. This is the new way to change a shape.

Finally, the HTML view in Google Slides has been removed from the menu but can still be accessed via a keyboard shortcut.

  • Before: View > HTML
  • After: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+P

These changes will take up to two weeks to hit everyone, both those who have free Google accounts as well as those who are paid G Suite domains.  For what it is worth, I’m already seeing these changes hit my account so the rollout seems to be underway.

Google Docs New Break Menu
Google Docs New Break Menu

 

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