There is a new feature in Google Docs that will allow you to insert many things. Create a new Google Doc and see that it is prompting you to use the @ symbol. (Reminder, new features roll out over 2 weeks so if you do not have this yet hang tight)
When you type the @ symbol it provides you a drop down menu. This starts off with people you can mention in the document. If you mention someone who is not shared on the document a comment is inserted into the margin to notify you and allow you to give this person edit access. Notice in the screenshot I started with @b and it filtered the suggested mentions list to people with a B.
Create Meeting Notes
Have you noticed that Google Calendar has a new feature to create meeting notes right in a Calendar event? This generates a fresh Google Doc in the calendar. The top of the created (and shared) Google Doc provides a list of invited persons along with pre made checkboxes for taking notes.
Choosing the “Meeting notes” template from using the @ symbol will provide you the chance too select an event on your calendar. The names of those invited to the meeting will be added to the Google Doc along with the checkboxes.
The 3rd option in the drop down list is to add files. This allows you to select a recently used file. The document title will be hyperlinked. Hovering over the link provides a preview of the file.
Skip the Toolbar
More options in the drop down menu allow you to insert checkboxes, a numbered, or a bulleted list. This makes it much quicker to itemize items. You can also quickly find the ability to insert an image, table, drawing, or chart.
You can jump down in the drop down list by typing @date to quickly add a date to the document.
The inserted date is clickable. Take action on the date by booking a meeting.
Adding headings to your Google Doc makes it more accessible.
Scroll less! Start typing @headings
Add Page Components
The toolbar and menu items can be cumbersome to locate particular items. How quickly can you add page numbers to your document? Now it’s much faster! Try using @page to jump quickly in the drop down menu.
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