Google Docs

What’s new in Google Docs?

We’re still working to make Google Docs a better place, and we’re listening closely to your suggestions. If you have anything you’d like to tell us, don’t hesitate to let us know, and keep checking back for additions and improvements.

Just launched!

  • Create and share presentations
    Create and share presentations Presentations are finally here. With this new feature, you can create and collaborate on presentations with your colleagues and friends – your days of consolidating email feedback on storyboards are over. And since the presentation is online, you can share and view it in real time with anyone at any time. Finally, since “Google Docs, Spreadsheets and Presentations” was a mouthful, we also updated the name to “Google Docs”. Learn more

  • Use Google Docs in 10 more languages
    We’ve worked hard to make Google Docs more accessible to people around the globe. You can now use the Google Docs interface in Danish, Czech, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish, Thai, Ukrainian and Vietnamese. Learn more

What’s been keeping us busy

  • Add. Faster.
    Look in the lower right corner to see a quick preview of the sum of your currently selected cells. Learn more

  • A new tool for freezing rows and sorting your spreadsheet
    Organise and sort your spreadsheet quickly using the sort bar under each column. You can also drag the sort bar to freeze rows that you always want kept at the top, such as instructions or headers. Learn more

  • Use any browser to read Google Docs
    Internet cafe in Mongolia? Borrowing a computer at Great Aunt Maud’s house? Now when you’re using a web browser that doesn’t support the editing and collaboration parts of Google Docs, you can still log in to see your content. Which browsers are supported?

  • What are my collaborators looking at?
    When several people are working on a spreadsheet at the same time, cell presence indicators show you where they are. Learn more

  • Organise your documents with folders
    Organise your documents with folders As your documents grow in number, we wanted to make it easier to manage and organise them by adding folders. Create a folder by clicking the “New” button in the upper left-hand corner, select “Folder” and add the name of the folder. Now just drag and drop any document into it or add one document to multiple folders. Learn more

  • Easier invitations
    You shared your concerns about the old invitation system: needing to invite everyone on a mailing list, or having problems inviting users who had multiple addresses and multiple Google Accounts. So we’ve simplified our invitations to work better in these cases. Best of all, inviting people is as easy as ever. Learn more

  • New keyboard shortcuts
    We added a dozen new keyboard shortcuts to the editor to speed up common operations. Learn more

  • Right to left text support
    Right to left text support Now you can select either Left to Right or Right to Left as the direction when typing in a document or spreadsheet cell. Users who wish to write in Hebrew or Arabic will find it much easier to compose documents in these languages. Learn more

  • Charts!
    Now it’s easy to show data in simple graphics to friends or co-workers with charts. Select from various styles to meet your visualisation needs. Learn more

  • Range names
    Now you can reference a range of cells in any formula by a nickname (like “addresses” instead of cell letters and numbers (like “A2:M33”). Learn more

  • Comments
    Feel like leaving a comment for yourself or a friend on a spreadsheet? Now you can leave comments on any spreadsheet cell for all to see. Learn more

  • Access Google Docs & Spreadsheets in 14 languages
    Now many of our friends around the world may access Google Docs & Spreadsheets in their native languages. We now support: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, English (UK), English (US), French, German, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish and Turkish. In addition, if you’re writing in a language that isn’t listed here, we have an additional 16 languages supported in our spell check to make collaborating around the world easy, simple and fun!

  • Add your active docs & spreadsheets list to your iGoogle page
    Now you can add the Google Docs & Spreadsheets Gadget to your iGoogle page so your work is always at your fingertips. This module lists your most recently active docs & spreadsheets and lets you jump directly to your full docs list, right from your Homepage. Learn more or

  • Browse (and revert to) past versions of your spreadsheet
    Have you ever accidentally erased something important, or just wanted to see how your spreadsheet has changed over time? The new “Revisions” tab lets you step through old revisions, find major changes made by you or others, and even revert to a previous version. Learn more

  • Publish spreadsheets as web pages
    Choose between a snapshot of your spreadsheet right now, or make it update automatically as your spreadsheet changes. You can also embed a spreadsheet in an existing web page, or publish in other formats like .csv, .xls, .pdf and more. Learn more

  • For developers: API access to spreadsheets!
    Your applications can now read from and write to the contents of spreadsheets using Google data API (“GData”) feeds. See the full documentation at Using the Google Spreadsheets Data API [English].

  • Document spell check in 30+ languages
    The document spellchecker is now improved and turbo-charged with more than 30 languages. Click on the drop-down arrow next to the highlighted “Check Spelling” link in the lower right corner of your documents to pick your preferred language from the list, then click on the link to check the spelling.

  • Two new ways to browse your documents & spreadsheets
    You can now view documents only or spreadsheets only in the Docs Home, giving you two new ways to find exactly what you’re looking for. Check out the “All Documents” and “All Spreadsheets” options in the Browse Docs & Spreadsheets menu (highlighted green) in the upper right of your docs home.

October 11, 2006

Writely and Google Spreadsheets have come together!

  • A combined list of documents and spreadsheets
    You can see, create and share all of your web-based documents and spreadsheets in one place. As your collection grows, you can manage and find them using tags, stars and searches. Learn more

  • A new interface for Google Docs & Spreadsheets
    The document and spreadsheet editors now share the same UI, as features of one product. Not every little detail is the same, since they do different things, but they certainly have a similar feel.

  • A consistent way to share
    Sharing a document or spreadsheets works the same way now. We’ve even added an option to spreadsheets so you can let collaborators invite others to your spreadsheets. (This is the default way that sharing works for documents.) Learn more

September 12, 2006 (Spreadsheets feature archives)

  • Multiple lines in the same cell
    Use alt+enter (ctrl+enter on Macs) to add a new line in the same cell. Now cells that need multiple lines (such as addresses) are a breeze. Learn more

  • Google Mail contacts
    When inviting people to collaborate, you have easy access to your contacts’ email addresses from Google Mail, Calendar and other Google applications. Learn more

  • Let anyone view
    Have some data you want to shout from the rooftops? Check “Let anyone view” in the sharing pane. You can share or publish this URL to let others view your spreadsheet without specifically inviting them. Learn more

  • Take your data anywhere
    Print easily via the “Print” option in the File menu. We’ve also added support for two popular formats, Portable Document Format (.pdf) and Open Document Format (.ods). Learn more

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