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Alice Keeler

Google Apps: New Toolbar Icons

Toolbar changes google apps
Google Apps: New Toolbar Icons

Toolbar changes google apps

Toolbar Icons in Google Apps

G Suite is always updating and adding new features and upgrading interfaces. I like to say that the essential tech skill for students is “adaptability.” When given a new tech tool do they sit and wait for someone to show them what to do or can they figure it out independently? Technology changes move faster than training can keep up. It is essential that when faced with tech change that students (and us) can just roll with it. Check out the new look of the toolbar icons in Google Apps for G Suite.

Google Docs Toolbar

Going through the newly designed toolbar, I will explain some of the lesser known features.

Udpated Google Docs Toolbar
  1. Print
  2. Undo
  3. Redo
  4. Format painter
    Highlight text in your document to copy the FORMATTING (such as bold, font size, font color, etc…). Press the Format painter icon. Highlight different text. Upon release of the mouse for highlighting, the formatting will match. It’s almost like magic.
  5. Page zoom
  6. Headings
    This is a really important toolbar option that is underutilized. Notice the tiny triangle next to the “Normal text.” Click on this to identify your text as “Title” or “Heading 1,” “Heading 2,” etc… It is important for accessibility and also for the outline tool that you are using headings to break up your document. Do not simply make your font big and bold, use the headings to do it automatically for you and to create sections in the document.
  7. Change font
  8. Font size
More Google Docs Toolbars
  1. Bold
  2. Italics
  3. Underline
  4. Change font color
    Notice the tiny triangle next to the A. You can switch from changing the font color to highlighting the text instead.
  5. Hyperlink
    Highlight a section of text and click the link icon in the toolbar to be able to paste a URL for the text to link to. Example of a hyperlink.
  6. Comment
    Highlight a section of text you wish to comment on. Click the comment icon to create a note on the side of the document.
  7. Left align text
  8. Center text
  9. Right alight text
  10. Full justification
  11. Line spacing
    Select this icon to change from single spacing to double spacing or to add a space after the paragraph.
  12. Create a numbered list
  13. Create a bulleted list
  14. Decrease indented text
  15. Indent text
  16. Remove formatting
    When pasting from the Internet or another document the formatting may not match. Remove the formatting to instead match your “normal text” settings.

Google Slides Toolbar

Google Slides Toolbar
  1. Add a new slide
    Click on the tiny triangle next to the plus icon to choose a layout. By default, the plus icon will add a layout that matches the current slide layout.
  2. Print
  3. Undo
  4. Redo
  5. Format painter
  6. Zoom to fit
    If your slides are zoomed in or out, click this icon to reset the zooming so that the slides are fully visible in the creation area and fill the entire area.
  7. Zoom in
  8. Select
  9. Create a text box
  10. Insert an image
  11. Add a shape
    Select the tiny triangle on the icon to choose from a variety of shapes to add to your slides. Note that each shape is also a textbox. Create the shape and immediately start typing to add text to the shape.
  12. Add a line
    While the icon shows dots at the end of the line, the default line is simply a straight line. Tip: hold down shift when drawing the line. Select the arrow next to the line tool to change from a straight line to arrow, curve, polyline, etc…
    Line options
    After drawing the line new toolbar elements appear.
    Change the line color
    Change the line thickness
    Switch to a dashed or dotted line
    Choose the beginning shape (such as an arrow or dot)
    Choose the end shape
  13. Comment
More slides toolbar elements

When a slide is selected but no elements on the slide are selected these toolbar options appear:

  1. Background
  2. Layout
    The default layout is a title and a body text box area. You may wish to switch to a blank layout or just a caption. Click on “Layout” to reveal additional layout options to apply to that particular slide.
  3. Theme
  4. Transition
    To add animation from one slide to the next slide, choose “Transition.” A side panel will appear with options for the transition animation.

Google Sheets Toolbar

Google sheets toolbar
  1. Print
  2. Undo
  3. Redo
  4. Format painter
  5. Zoom
  6. Change formatting to currency
  7. Change formatting to percentage
  8. Decrease the number of visible decimal places
  9. Increase the number of visible decimal places
  10. Change the cell formatting
  11. Font
  12. Font size
  13. Bold
  14. Italic
  15. Strikethrough
  16. Font color
more sheets toolbar
  1. Cell fill color
  2. Border options
  3. Merge cells
  4. Horizontal text alignment
  5. Vertical text alignment
  6. Word wrapping
  7. Rotate text
  8. Hyperlink cell text
  9. Comment
  10. Create a chart from selected data
  11. Filter
  12. Add a formula

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