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How do I add new styles to Google docs?

Google docs has a nice set of styles such as "Normal text" and "Header 1". How do I add my own? I want to add a style called "code" for text that is programming code.
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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.
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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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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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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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How to view the parent folder of a Google Document?

Often I have the direct link to a Google Document (mine or an organizational shared one) and want to find documents that are stored within the same folder. To do so, I would need to determine the ...
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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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Is there a way to insert today’s date into a Google Docs?

I've looked under insert > ...? but couldn't find anything. Can this be done via an inbuilt function or a custom script?
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How do I add a caption to an image in Google Documents?

When inserting an image into a Google Document, text can be made to wrap around the image by clicking on it and choosing the "Wrap Text" option. How can I also add a caption to the image, with text ...
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Putting page numbers in a table of contents in Google Docs

I want to create a table of contents in a Google Docs document where the page numbers are automatically referenced. Is it possible to put page numbers in a table of contents like this?
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How do you left-align and right-align items on the same line in a Google Document?

I want to have something written in the top-left corner and top-right corners of my document. So I want some text aligned to the right, some to the left, at the same height. I could do it with ...
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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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Can I install custom fonts in Google Docs

I want to know if I can use my custom fonts in Google Docs or any other Google Drive products.
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How to create an em dash in Google Documents?

In most word processing applications, entering two sequential dashes is enough to create an em dash. Not in Google Documents: It'd be nice if those two hyphens joined together — wouldn't it? (...
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How to center a table in Google Docs?

Centering data within a table cell or cells in Google Docs is straightforward and easy (i.e., highlight and center). How would I center an entire table?
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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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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 get header numbering in Google Docs?

Is there a way to automatically number headings in Google Docs? It used to be possible with CSS but this feature isn't supported anymore in the new Google Docs version.
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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 to change the default style of text links in Google Docs

I want to format the default style for text links—currently the color is blue & are underlined. Is this possible? And if yes, how can I do it?
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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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How to hide page number on first page?

I have setup a document with page numbers within the footnote. Now I want to hide the number for the first page as it is the document's cover sheet.
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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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Is there a way to use Font Awesome icons in Google Docs?

I often design UIs in Google Docs (b/c it's really easy to share and let people comment). I can't find a list of image (.png, etc.) versions of Font Awesome icons.
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How can I change the font in Google Docs just with keyboards shortcuts?

Question I have Google Docs open in the Google Chrome browser on a Mac. Now I select a piece of text and want to change it's font just with keyboard shortcuts -- without using the mouse. Example ...
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Can I format the Google Docs Table of Contents to only include certain headers?

I would like to have the Table of Contents only include Heading 1 and not any of the others. Is there a way to set the table to contents to NOT include certain headings?
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How to “group together” each paragraph in Google Docs (or “protect it” so that it goes together on the same page)?

Short question: In Google Docs, can I make a paragraph not span 2 pages? That is, the same paragraph will show on one page only. Details: In Google Docs, to edit my resume (CV), I was going to add "...
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How to lock a Google Docs?

I would like to lock an important Docs in Google Drive, so that modification I made in fly-by-mistakes don't get saved. I am the owner of the document. Is this possible? Or is there a feature ...
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How do I change my nickname or display name on Google Docs?

How do I set a different display name to show on in the revision history of a Google Docs document? When I look at the revision history of a shared document that I've edited, all my edits are showing ...
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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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Is Google Docs' Revision History a stable long-term audit trail?

Are all our changes logged, safe, saved, secure and downloadable? Has Google Docs committed to it all being seeable, shareable, protected and preserved? Remembering what was said is important. 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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Google Docs PDF export has extra blank pages at the end of the document

I use G Suite at work. I want a stand-alone PDF version of the Docs document I am editing. When I export a 4-page document, I end up with a 6-page PDF. The 5th and 6th pages are blank. Why? Anyone ...
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Show resolved comments on Google Docs in context without re-opening them?

I have a Google Docs document when there were a lot of comments. These comments have been resolved, however, I still need to see them in context. You could re-open them, but I don't really want to do ...
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Multiple references to the same footnote in a Google doc

How do I add multiple references to the same footnote in Google Docs? When adding footnotes the usual way (selecting Insert > Footnote in the menu), a new footnote is created every time. But if I ...
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How do I mail merge from Google Spreadsheet to a Google Document?

With Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word, it is easy to merge rows from a spreadsheet into pages in a Word file. This was traditionally used to make paper mailings. How can I do the same with Google ...
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How do I create background image in Google docs

How do I create an image behind text in Google docs (the text editor part)?
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Change background color of single page in Google Document

I would like to know how to change the background color of the cover page of a multi-page Google Document.
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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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How can I link to revision history on Google Docs?

When I load revision history in Google Docs, it does not change the URL. Is it possible to link to a history entry in Google Docs?
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In copy/paste, Google Docs says “These actions are unavailable via the Edit menu, but you can still use Ctrl C” etc?

When selecting copy/paste from the right-click menu, why does Google Docs pop up a dialog to say: Copying and Pasting in Google Docs with the message: These actions are unavailable via the Edit ...
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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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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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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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Spell checker for Google Docs for languages other than English

Recently I became a huge fan of Google Docs despite all the deficiencies. But there's one thing that really repels me from writing anything in language other than English, namely poor spell checker. ...
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How to reset a Google document sharing link

I have set the sharing permission for a file in Google Drive to Anyone who has the link can view. However, while I still want to be able to share this file, I want to generate a new link and revoke ...
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How to remove the header from a Google document once added

Once you add a header to a Google document, it offsets the top of the document even if empty, and receives click events. How can you then remove the header? I am aware that you can reduce the header'...
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Can I be notified if a Google Drive (Sheets or Docs) document is changed?

I have a couple of documents in Google Sheets/Docs that, whenever they are changed by people they are shared with, I'd like to be notified (don't care if the difference of the change is sent, just "...
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How can I insert a cross-reference to a figure in Google Docs?

Similar to the cross-reference feature of Word, how can I insert a cross-reference to a figure in Google Docs?
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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 ...