Questions tagged [google-docs]

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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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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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URL to create a new Google document

What is the current URL to create a new Google Document please? Since Google last updated their Docs the old URL does not work.
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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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How to create user-defined key bindings or shortcuts to run App Scripts in Google Docs

This question specifically applies to Google Documents, not Google Spreadsheets (but if the answer applies to both, all the better). Google Documents has built-in Keyboard shortcuts for Google Docs. ...
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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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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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Google Docs Viewer returning no content

I have a basic page that previews documents in our repository with http://docs.google.com/viewer?url= For instance http://docs.google.com/viewer?url=https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/...
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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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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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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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Current date as a variable in Google Docs?

Is it possible to add (insert) a variable for the current date into a Google Docs that would automatically update each time I open the document? Some criteria: The date position should be variable, ...
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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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Prevent people from downloading / copying / making a copy of data in Google doc

Is there a way to share a Google Document in view-only mode with someone but prevent them from downloading it, copying and pasting the data, printing it, or going to File > Make a copy? I ...
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Can I convert a MS Word document to a Google Document format using GAS?

I know how to convert a Microsoft Word document to Google Documents format manually (right click, open with Google Drive). But is there any way to do this using Google Apps Script? I have looked ...
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Google drive keyboard shortcuts not working with non-US keyboard

Some important keyboard shortcuts in Google Drive and Google Docs seem not to work on a non-US keyboard, at least on Macs. For example, I have a French keyboard and in Google Drive, hitting "/" opens ...
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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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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 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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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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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 there a way to create a link to a particular position inside a Google Doc?

If I have shared a Google Doc with someone so we both can edit it, is there a way I can send that purpose a URL that, when clicked, takes that person to the Google Doc and scrolls down to a particular ...
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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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How do I convert from a Google document to PDF without downloading it?

I'd like to convert from a Google document to PDF and have it just appear in Google Drive, without having to choose "download as" and then re-upload. There's an "email as attachment" option where you ...
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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 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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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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How can I create custom keyboard shortcuts in Google Docs?

When studying biology and mechanisms, it's very useful to take notes with arrows that illustrate a stepwise process: A --> B --> C and up/down arrows to denote increase/decrease. This is very ...
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How to convert a Microsoft Word document to Google Docs format without having to download and re-upload again?

I currently have several Microsoft Word documents that are sitting on my Google Drive and were uploaded over the past few months. I understand that it is possible to convert Microsoft Word documents ...
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Automatic date in Google Docs

Is there a way in Google Docs to automatically update the date in a header of the page, so that whenever I print the document it will have today's date?
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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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How can I embed a chart from a Google Spreadsheets in a Google Doc?

I would like to embed the chart from a Google Docs spreadsheet into a Google Docs Document, so changes to the original will be reflected in the embedded version. I found a way to embed a static image ...
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How can I share the entire contents from one Google Drive account as a folder in another user's Google Drive?

For example, I have a Google Drive account for my business and a Google Drive account for myself. Some of the folders in both accounts have the same names (e.g., accounts, pics, documents etc.), ...
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Can I see how many times my Google doc has been viewed?

I've recently posted a Google Document on a forum and I'd like to know how many people saw and when. I could see how people were opening and closing the doc live, with those user icons popping up next ...
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Google Docs thumbnails do not update, can I force an update?

I am working with Google Docs. I make copies of existing documents using the option File - Make a copy.... The document gets copied and I work on the copy and change the copy. When I close it and ...
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Is there a way to insert Keyboard Glyphs in Google Docs?

Here on the StackExchange framework we have a nice feature, which is apparently called "Keyboard Glyphs" (cf. https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5527/keyboard-glyphs): CTRL+Z Is there a way (...
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A keyboard shortcut to create a blank document from the docs.google.com/document/u/0 webpage

I have gone through the Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Docs page — didn't find what I was looking for there — and have added the AutoControl Shortcut Manager extension to Chrome. After a brief review ...
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Finding a Google Doc that was accessed through a link

I found a useful Google Doc online, but I accidentally deleted the document from my Google Drive, and now I can't find it anywhere. The Doc doesn't show up in Trash, it doesn't show that I ever opened ...
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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 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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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 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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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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Import Google Docs document revision history into a Git repository?

I'd like to view the revision history of a Google Docs document using more flexible tools like Git, and possibly migrate some content from Google Docs into a Git project. Google Docs has an API with ...
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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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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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Convert all headings X into headings X + 1 or heading X - 1 in Google Documents

Is a way to convert all headings X into headings X + 1 or heading X - 1 in Google Documents? E.g. I have a Google document with 100 headings 2: is there any way to convert them into headings 1 or 3 ...
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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 ...