Questions tagged [google-docs]

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Make a single page landscape in Google Documents

I have a really large table and I need to add it to a portrait document. Is there any way to make a single page landscape in Google Docs? In Word you could add a "Section break" and do that. But I'm ...
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Why does Google document lock itself?

I use Ubuntu 11. When I open or create a Google document (.doc), I can't edit it but after a while I can. When I open it, it's "locked" and the keystrokes don't react. Anyone else seen this strange ...
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How can I insert a chart into a Google Docs document? [duplicate]

I can make charts with the spreadsheet, but is there a way to insert the chart into a Docs document? Is using a static image the best I can do? Are there any online tools where I could copy the same ...
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How do I stop Google Docs from opening documents in new tabs?

Is there any way to stop Google Docs from opening documents in new tabs? For example, when I use Google Docs, and when I click on a document, the UI always opens a new tab. It's really frustrating (I ...
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Why can I not see revision history of shared Google Docs documents?

My friend shared a document with me on Google Docs. The document was then edited, and is now at revision 2. How do I view revision 1? For some reason I cannot click "see revision history". Are ...
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Using Google Docs to work with Europass CV

Is there any trick to make Google Docs get the correct layout of a Europass CV? I keep trying and trying but I cant get that to work well, all my tried go into something like this: and then:
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Can I make columns in a Google document?

I am using Google Docs and have a document file. I would like to add columns within this, and was wondering if that is possible. I can't find how to do it internally.
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How do I add a link in a Google Sheets to a specific paragraph or header in a Google Docs?

How do I add a link in a Google Sheets to a specific paragraph or header in a Google Docs?
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Editing in Google Docs returns “Oops. A server error occurred. Please press 'Reload' in your browser”

When I work in Google Documents, I get the following error every time I edit something: Oops. A server error occurred. Please press 'Reload' in your browser This happens every 30 seconds and is ...
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How do you move a row in a Google Docs Document table?

[The question is somewhat obsolete; the new behavior does something reasonable on a paste when you've copied an entire row. As far as I can tell, there's still no way to move a row directly. The ...
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Why do unwanted changes occur when uploading Word doc to Google Docs?

I'm uploading a Word document to Google Docs. However, when I upload it, all the text boxes that have been carefully positioned in the Word doc all mash up to the top. Is there any reason for this? ...
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Create a table of contents with hyperlinks in Google Docs

Is there a way to create a table of contents in Google Docs like you would in a wiki? I have huge documents with many sections. I currently use block quotes to separate those sections and keep things ...
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Block quote and folding in Google Docs

Block Quote: In the old version of GoogleDocs there was an option to block quote paragraph, which would create a nice dotted box for the paragraph and make it like a section in a very big doc. Did ...
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Google Docs is altering my formatting, how can I avoid this?

I don't have a printer and I need a document printed. Thus, I've shared a very basic Google Docs document with someone who does have a printer. Over here the formatting looks fine. Tabs are correct, ...
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How to disable auto-save in Google Docs?

I'm using Google Docs to edit a large document that I need to access from my 2 laptops and 1 desktop. All is good except when at office, the Google Docs always freezes with message "trying to reach ...
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Is there a Google Docs (or Sheets) API to scroll the view?

If I want to scroll to a particular paragraph in Google Docs, or a particular cell in Google spreadsheets, is there a way to do that via Google Apps Script?
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Specify a default document template in Google Docs

Is there any way in Google Docs to specify a default document template that all my new documents are based on? Like most of the metric world, I don't use the legal paper size. I also generally don't ...
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Copy image from Google Sheets to Google Docs

There's an image in a Google Shets that I would like to insert into a Google Docs. How can I transfer the image from the Sheets to the document? I can right-click on the image and select "Copy", ...
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Always a blank line above where I insert a table?

In Google Docs, when I insert a table, there seem to be always a blank line above the table. See the screenshot below. How do I prevent that?
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Why do two Google documents look and act differently?

I create this Google document about two months ago, viewing it as a published website looks like this: and when editing it, the toolbar looks like this: I just created a document and published it ...
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How to open local documents directly in Google Docs?

I read this article on Lifehacker on how to make a shortcut to open an empty Google Doc right from the desktop. I would like to be able to open my file browser and just click on a document and have ...
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How to insert source code in Google Docs? [duplicate]

Is there a easy way to insert source code with highlight in Google Docs?
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Link to view PDF version of a Google Docs

I think there used to be a way to link to the PDF version of a Google Docs, but now I can only make a link that downloads the PDF instead of viewing it in the browser. Does anybody know if the old ...
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Editing the Latex source of equations in Google Docs

I noticed that Google Docs now allows putting equations in documents. Is there any way to view/edit the Latex source for these equations?
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Merging cells in Google Documents

Is it really not possible to merge cells with Google Docs Document? I have a table like this: ------------- | A | B | C | ------------- | D | E | ------------- Is this possible with Google Docs ...
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Reduce font size in Google Documents

I created a document with Google Docs. Now I want to reduce the fontsize by 1pt. There are several fontsizes in the documents, so I can't just apply a different size to the whole document. In MS ...
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How to change measuring units in Google Docs?

In a Google Docs document, I would like to be able to specify the page margins (File → Page Setup) in millimeters instead of inches. Is it possible to switch between imperial and metric units?
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Can I print the Print Date or Save Date in Google Documents?

I've created a word processing document that will be used by many people (a style sheet for writers), and will also be updated periodically. I suspect that well have some who print the document out ...
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Save a link to create new document in Google Docs

Is it possible to bookmark a link that, when chosen, will automatically open up new document (a word processing document in this case) in Google Documents even if I don't have GD open at the time? ...
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How can I change the default styles for Google Docs?

For a Document (Word-like) in Google Docs, I want to be able to change the font size, family and spacings for the built-in in styles. How can I do that?
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How can I make URLs automatically hyperlinked on a web-published Google Docs?

When I publish Google Docs to the web like this: https://docs.google.comView?id=dc7gj86r_22pv9qqffp I can manually turn a URL into a hyperlink as I did on the first two, but how can I make Google Docs ...
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How to upload a new revision / version to an existing word document in Google Docs

How to upload a new revision / version to an existing Word document in Google Docs. I am able to see an "Import a new version" for a spreadsheet (xlsx) but not for a Word file (docx). Any pointers?
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A faster way to access Strikethrough on Google Docs

I use a document on Google Docs as a simple to do list. I hate it that I have to access the Strikethrough command via a menu. Is there a hidden keystroke to toggle Strikethrough or perhaps a way ...
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How can I find the creation date of a document in Google Docs?

I'd like to know when a document has been created, but Google Docs doesn't seem to display that information anywhere. I tried looking at the revisions, but all it displays is a relative time (2 months ...
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Is there a way to link emails from Google Sheets?

I'm trying to find a way to link to an email from my Google Sheets. We use our spreadsheet as a way to track bugs, issues, to-dos, and milestone timelines (we've tried other apps, this works best). It ...
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Using the Google Documents equation editor, how can I enter the binomial coefficient?

It does not appear that you can enter the binomial coefficient or the choose-function of combinatorics. I'm trying to use the parenthesis in the third drop-down menu in the equation editor, but they ...
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Gmail & Google Docs: Paste just the text, not the formatting (Firefox, Safari)

When I use Gmail and Google Docs (With Firefox 3.6.6), I often cut text from another HTML or PDF document. When I paste this text into the document body, Gmail and Google doc will paste the text and ...
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Custom footers in Google Docs

Is there a way to use custom footers per page in Google Docs? Due to legal requirements our document needs to have the revision number on each page. As the pages are updated the revision number for ...
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Create address labels from Gmail contacts in Google Docs?

Is there a way to create address labels in Google Docs based on my Gmail contacts (even better would be a group of contacts I made)? Essentially allowing me to easily create all my address labels for ...
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Embed Google Spreadsheet in Google Document

Is it possible to embed a Google Spreadsheet into a Google Document à la Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word? How about a chart from a Spreadsheet?
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Google Docs document in Hebrew and English?

Is there any way to have Hebrew and English in the same document in Google Docs? So far, everything I have found about multiple languages seems to assume that you want the user interface (menus, etc) ...
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In Google Docs, how can I search for paragraph marks?

In MS Word, I do a search for ^p Is there a similar search string that I could use in Google Docs to find paragraph marks? I do that kind of search, by the way, to replace 3 paragraph marks with 2.
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Is there a way to send a document to Google Docs instead of downloading it to your drive?

I want to send a document to Google Docs instead of downloading it to my PC and then uploading it to Google Docs. Is there an easy way to do it (I'm using Chrome)?
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How can I get code syntax highlighting in Google Docs?

Is there way to switch on syntax highlighting in Google Docs? Personally I use it for editing and collaborating on C++ files, but PHP or SQL syntax highlighting also would be interesting.