Questions tagged [google-docs]

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Is there a manual hyphenation in Google Docs (word break)?

Is there a way how to set manual word breaks with a hyphenation character in Google Docs? I do not mean setting a manual - but an invisible character. I searched the help and forums but just found ...
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How do I open a webpage in Google Docs?

I would like to open this page (with its images) from a URL and edit a copy in Google Docs. The URL does not require authentication. How do I do this? Saving it creates an HTML file plus a folder, ...
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How to Add RTL Tables to a Google Document

As I'm trying to format google doc tables and in reference to this thread I was able to add some formatting to the header row, to the table data and was able to create a doc in a landscape layout. ...
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How to stop Google Docs from accidentally switching user accounts

I have been using Google Docs and Google Sheets for years together with the co-director of our company - switching between her account and my account when needed. Within the last couple of months I've ...
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Pasting from Google Docs into WordPress adding unnecessary formatting

Simply copying and pasting from google docs into wordpress adds tons of this: <span style="font-weight: 400px"> throughout the wordpress post/page.
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How to change the language setting of a Google Doc?

In Google Docs, I imported a Word document and converted it to a Google doc. The spell checker didn't recognize English words such as "Monday" and "February". I assume that the document isn't using ...
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Embed Google Spreadsheet table Withing Google Document when data contains dates

I found a great script here that will add a Google Sheet table to my Google Doc. function onOpen() { DocumentApp.getUi() .createMenu('Custom') .addItem('Update Data', '...
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Google Docs self-user cursor

Apologies for the confusing title, I'm not entirely sure how to describe the thing I'm having a problem with. I was signed into Google Docs yesterday to work on a paper. I've just signed in again ...
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How to disable Edit suggestions from users in Google docs

I've written a doc and I keep getting Edit suggestions from readers on it it's unreadable. How do I turn comments off?
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How do I toggle overtype mode on a Mac in Google Docs?

On a PC, I would use the Insert key. How do I achieve this on a Mac, which doesn't have that key?
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Increase size of subscript in Google Docs

Is there a way to increase the size of subscripts (and superscripts) in Google Docs? In Microsoft Word, the subscripts are pretty legible, but I have difficulty reading them in Google Docs.
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Different Header/Footer on Different Pages

How do I make this: Pages 2–14: Header A + Footnote Pages 15–25: Header B + Footnote Pages 26–30: Header C + Footnote And so on. I’m trying to write a story and have lots of chapters, and I want to ...
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Date and time keyboard shortcut for Google Docs document (not sheets)

I am trying to find out if I can set up a keyboard shortcut to print/type in the current date and time in a Google Docs document (not sheets). Anyone? The best I could find is an Add-on Text Factory ...
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How to automatically convert all Microsoft Office file attachments in Gmail to Google Docs?

My Gmail has thousands of emails. Each email will have several attachments as Microsoft Office files (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx). Currently, I want to automatically convert all Microsoft ...
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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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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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How can I create an XMind mind map from a Google Docs list?

I have an (numbered) list in a Google Doc that I would like to represent in a diagram. I understand that several mind map creation tools support the transformation of outlines and bulleted or numbered ...
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How to add an automatic “last edited” timestamp and the user who edited entry to Google Docs?

Is there a way to insert an automatic "last edited" timestamp in the footer of a Google Document? I would like to make sure that time stamp is on the document when I print. I figure out how to enter ...
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Is there a limit on the length of a Google doc I can save as a Word doc?

I have a 600-page document on Google Docs which I would like to save on my desktop as a Word doc, as a back-up. I go to "File" then "download as" then "Microsoft Word" which is the common way of ...
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How to merge Google documents with PDF files automatically?

I am trying to merge different file sources into one Google doc, in a programmatic way. That means I should use Google scripting. So far I do not have problems inserting text files, images, MS Word or ...
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Recent Google Docs gone after uninstalling & reinstalling the app

I uninstalled Google Docs on my android phone yesterday evening to make space for updating WhatsApp, then reinstalled Google Docs half an hour later. Didn't think anything of it as it all backs up ...
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How to automatically size tables to the entire width of a Google Doc?

When I insert a table into Google Docs (say 2x3), something magical happens: ... whenever I delete any of the three columns (say "c" in this case), the table automatically resizes the columns to span ...
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Synchronize headers and footers across multiple documents

We have a number of templates in Google Docs that all use the exact same header and footer. Every time we update the header and footer, we have to manually go through each template and update its ...
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How to make SUMIF not default to 0 but to blank in Google Sheets?

My goal is to sum values in a row if they are present and leave the cell empty it there are no values. I used a formula: =SUMIF(A1:C1; "<>"; A1:C1) - but Google Sheets inserts a default value 0 -...
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URL to create a new Google document from a template

Can you use a URL to create a new Google Document/Spreadsheet/Presentation from a template? Related questions (but don't answer this specific problem): URL to create a new Google document Craft URL ...
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how to insert url parameter into a google docs document like a template doc?

i have a google docs (like a basic letter). in this document i place strings like %parameter1% %parameter2% and %parameter3%. is there a way to share this document and replace the strings %% by the ...
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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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Google Drive vs Google Docs in doc conversion

I've noticed that downloading a shared file from Google Docs allows you to convert it to another file format, but not when from Google Drive. Is it possible to do the same from Google Drive as well? ...
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How do I have one page in portrait and the rest in landscape in Google Docs?

I am working on a school project and I need one page in portrait and the rest in the landscape. I would rather not have multiple documents though. Any suggestions?
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Find and Replace Alternative

I have a Google Doc that our company uses as a template with a variable being referred to several times on different pages. This is the same variable and so its value is the same on each page. If I ...
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Using Google Docs in full screen mode without using file menu

How can I reach the full screen mode of Google Documents without clicking View->Full Screen? Is there a different URL perhaps that I can use or any other methods to get Google Docs to show the ...
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How to add text to Google Docs with VBscript?

I searched everywhere, but I could not find a close solution. I want to send (write) text to my Google Document with VBscript (script.vbs) code from my computer. Please offer a solution. With lua code,...
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Refresh preview image of hyperink in Google Docs

I've got a nice resume going in Google Docs, with a hyperlink to my GitHub account. For years the account showed a silly profile photo, now I've updated it to something more professional. But the ...
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How to number lines in formatted code in Google Docs

There is a few questions regarding inserting and appropriately formatting code in Google Docs (here and here for example). Indeed there is a very useful Google-Docs add-on called Code Blocks which ...
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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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Automating Find & Replace to change font colour [duplicate]

I write about the card game bridge, so I need to automate this formatting all the time: Find all "♣" and color the text green (#00b700). Find all "♦" and color the text orange (#ff8100). Find all "♥" ...
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How can I automate Find & Replace to change font colours in Google Docs?

How can I automate a find & replace function to change the font colour of all suit symbols document wide? I write bridge articles (card game), and I need to automate this formatting constantly: ...
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Inserting non-printing Unicode control chars in Google Docs

How can I insert a Unicode non-printing character in Google Docs? for example left-to-right-mark LRM Unicode U+200E. I can see a menu option for inserting special characters for Unicode scripts, but ...
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Reference dynamic text from another document within Google Docs

I want to create a document that has ten pages in it (ten pages, each page a new set of unique information). I want that document to pull from ten unique, single page documents that users can update. ...
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How to insert links to headings in Google Docs without brute force (incremental completion and narrowing)

Problem Statement This is specifically for Google Docs, not any other google products: I need to quickly add links to other headings inside the same Google Document, much more efficiently than what ...
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Does Google Sheets/Docs have a desktop client?

Other web apps like Trello and Airtable have desktop versions of the app via electron.js. Is there a similar solution (provided by Google or 3rd party) for Google Sheets or any other G suite apps?
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Shade Google Docs background of editor?

When working in Google Docs, I can barely see the edge of the page when I am in Print layout mode. Is there a way to change the background, the region OFF the page, so I can see the edge of the page ...
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Insert text box in a Google Docs document

I am trying to make something like this text box that has a colored background (gray around my code in this example) in Google Docs. I would like to put some gray box around my code without any ...
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In Google, is there an embedded plagiarism checker?

Is there a way to use a plagiarism checker in Google? I am writing a research project and I do not want to have an issue with this.
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Is it possible to embed text or content from one Google Doc to another?

Say I have a paragraph written in Document A: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, ...
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How to get inserted HTML to render in Google Docs?

I found this question, which seems to suggest I can just paste in my HTML, but when I try that it just looks like HTML, it does not render. Below is what I am pasting in: <pre style="background:...
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Software that would convert Google documents to .docx

Is there a way to convert a Document that you create in Google Docs to .docx or .odt? Edit: To be more specific, I am looking for a software that would be able to archive this.
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Google Docs - Keyboard shortcut to correct a misspelled word?

In Google Docs, if a misspelled word is present in a document, a red underline is displayed under that word, as is typical in text-composition applications. When the caret (insertion point) is ...
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Why has Google Docs' grammar check suddenly become so wonky?

I've used Google Docs for journalling for the past year, and never really noticed issues. Recently however, I've noticed that it's been bringing up blue lines under the strangest things. Of course, I ...
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How to open Google docs in new tab in Firefox

When I click a Gdrive item in Firefox it always opens in the current tab. How do I get it to open in another tab. When I click on any other URL it opens in a new tab why not Google docs? In Chrome ...

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