A new Activity Dashboard has started rolling out to G Suite domains that allows admins and users to see when shared files have been viewed by others. The idea behind the dashboard is to improve collaboration by letting users know when someone who is working with them on a file has actually viewed that file. Think of it as read receipts for files.
The new feature works for Google Docs, Sheets and Slides files and the feature will be rolling out in two phases. First, admins will have the ability to enable or disable the feature starting today and only they can see the Activity Dashboard.
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For the third month in a row, Google has begun rolling out menu tweaks to some of the G Suite apps today. The update that is rolling out today impacts Google Docs and Google Sheets online and will be coming to all G Suite customers over the course of the next week or two.
Like the updates from last month, these tweaks are aimed at making navigation within Google Docs and Google Sheets easier by clarifying what a function does. These are all visual changes and not changes in function.
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Google has announced that they will be making some minor menu updates to some of the G Suite apps starting in January. The updates are primarily focused on Google Docs and Google Slides with the idea being to make it easier for users to find certain menu settings.
The changes that Google outlined will be coming to the apps starting January 4, 2018 with the schedule release of the updates. It should be noted that the changes that are coming are only for the online version of the apps. Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides for Android and iOS are not impacted by this change.
As for the changes themselves, most of them are renaming of features and not necessarily moving them. For example, in both Google Docs and Google Slides, “Lists” in the Format menu have been renamed to “Bullets and numbering”.
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Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides all have an update rolling out in the Play Store for Android. The update brings the normal raft of bug fixes and performance improvements but also has some new editing tools.
There are new toolbar items will allow you to more easily format tables, images and drawings within your Docs, Sheets or Slide documents. The editing features are tools that have been on the web-based versions of the apps so these updates bring feature parity between the platforms.
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Google Sheets for Android has a small update rolling out to users that brings more advanced editing features to the mobile app. The update will bring the ability to apply and to edit alternating row colors to your spreadsheets. This is a feature that the web-based version of Sheets has had for some time and is just the latest feature to be added to the mobile app in Google’s effort to bring parity to the web and mobile device. This new formatting features if found in the Formatting menu of the app.
The last several updates to Google Sheets, as well as their other productivity apps, have been focused on the parity between the desktop and mobile versions of the app. The company continues to enable more functionality on mobile so as to limit the requirement of having laptop to get things done. It is all in the name of productivity and meeting users where they are – likely on their mobile phone.
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Big changes are coming in the latest update to Google Sheets for Android, web and iOS. There are some nice formatting options that are coming to the app but probably the bigger news is that the Android app will have mouse support for the new breed of Chromebooks that run Android apps.
From a formatting perspective, Sheets will now have the ability to rotate text (this is found under Format>Text rotation) to make your spreadsheet cleaner and more visually appealing. For example, you could rotate column headers 90-degrees so that they are vertical instead of wide across the column top. This means you can make those columns more narrow. Add to that, finally, the ability to format numbers in Accounting style. This is one of those “why wasn’t it there before?” features but hey, it’s here now. Under Format>Number>Accounting, you can change your numbers into this format for easier and more consistent reports on budgets and other financial spreadsheets.
Rounding out the formatting updates are new border styles. There are several new border styles in the app that have various thicknesses and double borders. These are all found under Toolbar>Borders>Border styles.
The big changes though and probably the more exciting ones for most are the changes to the Android (and iOS app) app for Sheets.
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Users of Google Docs, Sheets and Slides on Android will find minor updates rolling out for each of the productivity apps. For the most part, these updates are bug fixes and performance improvements but in the case of Google Docs and Google Slides, there are new features in each. For Docs, you now have the ability to add page numbers to a document from the app. You have been able to do this in Docs on the web for a long time but it has finally made its way to the Android app for the sake of feature parity.
For Google Slides, the ability to import and export OpenDocument formatted files (.odp) has been added to the presentation app.
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Google is in the process of rolling out updates to their Android apps for Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides. The updates, mainly aimed at G Suite customers, brings a lot of improvements to each app individually but collectively brings them all in-app notifications. Today, the way it works, is if you are collaborating with someone on a document, you get a notification that they have updated it – in Google Drive. With the update to the apps, now you get the notifications within each app. It is a bit of a no-brainer really. Each app’s notifications are separate from the others so you will only see notifications for Google Sheets in Google Sheets.
Read on as there are other improvements beyond notifications.
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