Google Welcomes Columns to Docs

Google has added a small but “mighty” feature to Docs that will allow you to format text into two or even three columns. Even better, this option need not be applied to the entire document…yes, you heard me correctly. To access this feature, highlight the text you’d like to convert into columns, then go to the Docs menu bar and select Format -> Columns. From here you can then select from one, two, or three columns. If you select the “More options…” choice, then you access additional tools such as set the column spacing and add a divider line between the columns.

In addition to Columns, Google has updated Google Drive with some additional tools:

  • Natural Language Processing (NLP), which is the technical name for “search like you talk.” In other words, the “Did you mean…” feature that shows up at the top of some Google web search results pages is now running inside of Drive. It will also attempt to compensate for any spelling errors in your keywords. This feature will be rolled out in the next few weeks.
  • If you upload a file to Drive and then convert it to Google format (a Word document to Google Docs for example), then Google will make the original file format accessible to you from the Revision History tool in Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

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For more information on these enhancements, check out the post from the official Google Drive Blog.


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