Last year, Google announced smart canvas, a set of tools to make it easier for people to collaborate across its productivity apps. Since then, it has released a steady stream of new “smart chips,” small modular features to achieve that goal. In Google Docs, the most recent update provides a new tool for generating dropdown menus.
You can use this feature to customise your document by adding menus. You can choose how many items you want and the title and colour of each one. You may even store a menu as a template for future usage in Docs. Google is adding templates for tables that may be used to manage a product plan.
With the recent updates, it’s easy to see how Docs could be used in place of a commercial project management platform such as Asana. “We hope these tools help you build highly customized and organized documents in Google Docs, making it easier to collaborate and drive your project forward,” the company said of the new features.
A new upgrade is already in the works to make it easier for users to identify tools and features, especially those buried deep in menus, by adding reduced menus for easier navigation, reorganizing items within those menus, and making icons more prominent to help users find them faster. Anyone who uses Google Docs for school, work, or personal reasons will appreciate the improved navigation.
In the coming weeks, Google plans to send these out to all Workspace and classic G Suite clients and all personal Google accounts. You can add a dropdown menu by selecting the “Dropdown” option from the “Insert” menu after you have access.
Google Docs has lately undergone a series of updates, including the addition of an “inclusive content” warning that began to suggest harmful things and disregards legitimately problematic wording.
Google has also recently improved the Docs feedback system, particularly beneficial for remote teams collaborating on a document.