Google Docs gets voice dictation, research tool, templates and more in latest update


Google has updated Google Docs with a bunch of important features that makes it easier to get your work done. The latest update brings voice dictation to Google Docs.

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Google Docs now get a new Research tool that will enable you to search Google for quotes or images without leaving Docs and save you from switching between multiple apps. Images and other content can be easily added to your document with just a couple taps. Next up, Google has added voice recognition support for Docs. Users will have to activate Voice typing in the Tools menu at the time of using Docs in Chrome. After that, a simple tap on the microphone button on your phone’s keyboard and speak. Currently, voice typing is available in more than 40 languages. The voice typing feature is only limited to Docs and does not work for Sheets or Slides. Also it only works on Chrome browser and in order to use it on mobile (either iOS or Android), you can use the built-in dictation features by hitting the microphone on the keyboard.

Google has made it a bit easier to find out what has been added or deleted in Docs. Now once you leave a document and come back to it later, simply click on the “See new changes” button and Google Docs will guide you through the edits that have been made since the last time you viewed it. Moving on, Google Sheets has got a major update called “explore sheets” that automatically analyzes large amount of data from spreadsheets to make it easier to manage and read. You can highlight different sets of info and the charts will change dynamically. Finally, Google has also added templates for Docs, Sheets and Slides.


Author: Sneha Bokil

Sneha Bokil is a tech enthusiast and is currently using OnePlus 3T but she still treasures her Nokia N70 (M). You can follow her on Twitter @snehabokil and on Google+