Thursday, September 30, 2010

A quick Place to see what's been added to Google Docs

What's new in Google Docs?

Here is a list of many of the recent enhancements to Google Docs along with "learn more" links that will take you to Google help sites.

Recently launched!


  • Real-time collaborative highlighting in documents
    You can now see when a collaborator highlights text. Learn more

  • In-cell dropdown and cell validation
    Create dropdown lists in individual cells using the data validation tool in Google spreadsheets. Learn more

  • Show all formulas
    Reveal all formulas in your spreadsheets with one click. Learn more

  • Spell checker in spreadsheets
    You can now check spelling in your spreadsheets using the tools menu. Learn more

  • More page sizes
    Executive (7.25” x 10.5”), statement (5.5” x 8.5”) and more are now available in Google documents. Learn more

  • Auto-linking in documents
    Now when you type something that documents recognizes as a link, it will become a link automatically. Learn more

  • A new curve tool in drawings
    Create smooth curves based on a series of points with this new tool. Learn more

  • Convert files in the document list
    You can now convert files in the document list to a Google Docs format at any time. Learn more

  • Add words to dictionary
    You can now add words to the documents dictionary. Learn more

  • Draggable rows and columns in document tables
    Change row heights and column width in tables using sliders. Learn more

  • Document translation
    You can now translate a document into any of the 53 Google Docs supported languages. Learn more

  • Improved page navigation in forms
    Use the page navigation feature to direct respondents to relevant pages on your form. Learn more

  • Search improvements
    Four new search operators (before:YYYY-MM-DD, type:document, and more) make it easier to find files in your documents list. Learn more

  • Google Docs Viewer available in mobile browsers
    View PDFs, .ppt, .doc and .docx files that you've uploaded to your documents list on your Android, iPhone and iPad. Learn more

  • Format painter in spreadsheets
    You can now apply formatting or conditional formatting rules you've used on one set of cells to another separate set of cells using the Paint Format tool. Learn more

  • Optical character recognition (OCR)
    You can now upload and convert PDF or image files to text. Learn more

  • New sharing interface
    We've streamlined the interface, added new visibility options, made access viewable at a glance, added resettable doc URLs and enabled bulk changes in the docs list. Learn more

  • A keyboard shortcut pop-up and more in drawings
    You can now view pop-up keyboard shortcut help, center drawings on the page, view thumbnails of drawings in the docs list, and search through all the text in your drawings. Learn more

  • Faster Google spreadsheets graduates
    The new Google spreadsheets is now the default for everyone. Columns can be dragged and dropped, the formula bar is editable, auto-complete speeds up data entry, and you can link directly to sheets. Learn more

  • New Google documents graduates
    All new documents are now created with the new version of documents by default. Take advantage of the new chat, character-by-character real time co-editing, sidebar comments and more. Learn more

  • Drawings in the template gallery
    Create a drawing from the templates in the gallery or share your favorite drawing with the world. Learn more

Make Phone Calls within Google Chat

Make phone calls from Gmail

Within your Google Apps window, usually along the left pane, within your "Chat" section you now have a graphic of a telephone.  With this capability you may call any phone in the US and Canada for free and at insanely low rates internationally — right from inside Gmail. Make sure you have the voice and video chat plugin, then click "Call phone" at the top of your chat roster. .