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Add auto-updating image to Google Docs from Google Drive

I have several images in a Google Drive folder. I have added them to a Google Docs I'm working on (via Google Drive option). I often have to modify the images (keeping the same titles and path). I'd ...
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Google Docs mathematics equations reference numbers

I am creating a document with multiple equations and I want to reference these equations in later parts of the document. Is there any easy way to do this in Google Docs, preferable automatically?
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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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Create table of contents in Google Docs from only specific heading types

If I have a Google Docs document with various heading values, can I create table of contents from only specific heading values? The reason I'd like to do this is to create a to-do list that updates ...
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Refer to numbered item in Google Document

Is there a way to refer (dynamically) to a numbered item in a Google Doc? For example, say I have a list: Item one Item two Item three and I wish to refer to item 2. in a normal paragraph, but in ...
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How to duplicate a graph in Google Docs and use a separate source/link of data

When I copy and paste a graph in Google Docs, it makes 2 graphs, linked to the same spreadsheet. I'm looking to make 100 identically-styled graphs and quickly modify each one by editing the data in ...
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Completely disable spell checker

I realize that, in the browser version of Google Documents, you can disable (or at least hide) the spell checker in the View options. However, the mobile application has no View option. Where can I ...
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Jump to suggested edits

I received some suggestions how to improve my document: I was able to find one, but not the other two. Clicking the timestamp has no effect. How can I jump to a suggested edit in order to review it?
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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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Can I change the default Google Docs suggestion mode text format so suggestion text is highlighted yellow?

I am using suggestions mode to make changes to a large google doc. When I have finished making my suggestions, I will need to print off the document for a group review meeting to go through the ...
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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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How to compare two Google Document versions that are not successive?

How to compare two Google Document versions that are not successive? I know that is possible to compare a version with its immediate previous version. But, I wonder if it’s possible to compare two ...
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Bolding equations in Google Docs (rather than LaTeX)?

I started writing a lengthy theoretical physics paper in Google Docs using the basic equation editor (I was advised not to use LaTeX for this undergrad project). I know about the add-on that converts ...
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Is it possible to make letters upright (non-italic) in equations in Google Docs?

On this forum answer on Google Docs it is mentioned that commands such as \mathrm{} should be possible. Just like in regular LaTeX (or MathJax). I cannot make this command work on my page, though. ...
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How do I apply my styles to an entire Google Doc

I have evolved my default Google Docs styles over time, and would now like to apply them to some older docs that use older (and sometimes various versions) of them. How do I apply the current ...
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How to format Table of contents automatically in Google Docs?

I know I can create Table of contents (TOC) based on the Header titles in the body of the page. This is great as every time I add a new header, I just click on the refresh button on the TOC and the ...
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Moving Google Docs bookmarks

I've noticed what must be a bug in Google Docs and can't figure out a feasible workaround. If you want to move (cut and paste) a section that contains a bookmark, most of the time the bookmark ID ...
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For Google Docs tables, how can we make an incomplete row have no bottom or top border (to show that it is incomplete on screen and on paper)?

When we use Google Docs and create a table, sometimes a cell can span across two pages. So for example, I can write a few lines (with Enter (line breaks)), and then, either on screen or on paper, the ...
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HTML math format for uploading to Google Drive?

When I upload an HTML document with math to Google Drive and convert to a Google document, is there a math format which Google will convert to it's own math format? So far I have tried LaTeX math as ...
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What's the full range of supported Google Docs LaTeX macros?

Google Docs has an equation editor that has a fair number of options for symbols and functions available from the dropdown menu. All of these are also available through LaTeX macros that are ...
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Top Margin for Header and Footer Placement

How do you change the top and bottom margins for a document and then for headers and footers?
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How do I fix copy/paste in Google Documents?

At the beginning of this week, I noticed that I can no longer properly copy and paste into or out of a Google Document. I find that if I highlight more than one paragraph and press Edit / Copy or ctrl ...
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Spacing between the top of the page and the start of the content

I have a drawing within the header of my document. I've set all of the margins to 0" and I've tried to add the drawing: However despite any movement of the drawing, removal of line spacing, etc. I ...
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Google Drive Synced with Errors. On Ubuntu, can I recover my offline version of the file before it synced?

So I finished a bunch of work offline, and then I synced it... and it did not go well after: It merged without deleting a bunch of parts as you can see there, and Page 7 is gone completely: The ...
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Specify image size?

I have a document that has two images in it to demonstrate what I am talking about in the document. Both images needed to be shrunk from their original size, I would like them to be the same size but ...
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How to do lossless exporting?

I have several documents created using Google Docs. They are not plain text documents, but documents with images, tables, etc, etc. How can I export this Google Document to my computer, such that I ...
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Automatic image numbering in Google Documents

I have a Google Document in which I insert several images. Underneath each images, there is this a caption: Image 7: some description. I'd like the image number to increment automatically on the ...
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Show/hide fields (if empty --> don't show)

we are working on a project to atomize our offer process. We have multiple insurance products which can be chosen and are then passed on through zapier to Google Docs. Obviously not every customer ...
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How to edit/remove hidden section in Google Docs

I have a Google Doc where it has two hidden sections, "Issued by" and "Representative". Their headers are visible in the automatically-generated table of contents. However, the sections themselves are ...
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MacOS How to do ⌘+\ shortcut?

I'm new to MacOS and need to work on Google Doc, I often use the 'Clear Formatting' KeyBoard Shortcut which is ALT+SPACE on Windows. But ⌘+SPACE doesn't work on Google Doc and an alternative seems to ...
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How to manually add a point to document outline in Google Documents?

Google Docs has not automatically added put all my headings into the document outline (this may be because the heading that is not included is right after the title). Is there a way to manually add a ...
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Footnotes in Google Docs

I need to add some footnotes in a Google Doc page. I know how to add a single footnote (Insert=>Footnote), but I have the following problems 1) The inserted footnote size is 10. I need to change it ...
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Google Docs amalgamated history diff: Is it really once only?

If several edits have been made since the last time I viewed a document, Google Docs gives a link at the top of the document that takes you to a special view showing ALL of these changes. However, if ...
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How to make a list like 1.1, 1.2 with Google Docs?

I tried everything and this just doesn't seem to be possible anymore? It can do 1.1 Text 2.1 Text but not 1.1 Text 1.2 Text
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Is it possible to use tab stops in the header of a Google Doc?

I learned from a previous question how to use tab stops to left- and right-align separate strings of text on the same line in a Google Doc. I'd like to do that in a header. Is it possible? I've added ...
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“Accept change” and “reject change” keyboard shortcuts in Google Docs

Do these not exist? I found it so handy using Lyx for a project recently, to be able to quickly keyboard-navigate and accept/reject, with no mouse involvement. For one thing, Google Docs' navigation ...
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Export of Google Docs Automatic substitution items to text file?

Google Docs has the ability to add items to the automatic substitution list in a nice way with the UI. I would like to take advantage of my list to be able to obtain a .csv or other text file with all ...
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Recurring signature block in Google Docs

I need to often input a signature block in documents made in Google Docs. This particular signature block has a line for an official's signature, with his title immediately under that line. In Word, ...
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Hold position relative to content in a rapidly changing Google Docs document with many editors

I'm trying to edit a big Google Doc with many editors all typing at once. When people above me type and add or remove text, the document reflows, and the part I am trying to edit moves from page to ...
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How to find all Google Docs (or Sheets) with comments?

In Google Docs/Sheets, when making a copy of a file, the comments don't get copied over. There is a plugin (Copy Comments) that makes a copy-with-comments for Docs, but it's one document at a time, ...
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Prevent an automatic row from being created when a table extends beyond a page Google Docs

I've been working with Google Docs lately, and I often want to create a table: Sometimes my table falls between two pages, and annoyingly, Google puts horizontal lines in the table as though I had ...
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How to make Gmail automatically convert typed-in or pasted URLs into links

It used to be the case a long time ago that when you type in a URL into a Gmail compose window, and after typing in the last character (or immediately after pasting it in from the clipboard), and ...
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How to match width of a group of columns in a Google Docs table

I'd like to make a group of columns in a table in Google Docs. Is there any way to do this? Something like the Distribute Columns Equally menu item in Microsoft Word? So far the best I've been able ...
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Making Google Docs into its own application on Mac

I've been trying to figure this out all afternoon... My dream is that I want to be able to open Google Docs on my Mac as if it's an application. Chrome's setting's has a built-in "Add to ...
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Update link text after heading has changed in Google Docs

In my document I've added several links that point to headings within the document as internal references. However, when these headings change, I need to also update the link text. Is there an ...
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How do I use two languages simultaneously in Google Docs?

I am working on a document that involves two languages simultaneously. In Open Office I have created a 2-column table, with the left-hand column set to English and the right-hand column set to the ...
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Computing the percent of authorship in a Google document?

I have a Google document where 4 people contributed. Is there any way to get a sense of how much each of them committed, like TortoiseSVN does for SVN repositories?
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Shift Google Documents header up/down one level

Let's say I formatted a document this way: 1. Title (style: title 1) 1.1 Subtitle (style: title 2) 1.2 Subtitle (style: title 2) And I want to insert an extra level between Title and ...
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Automatically create a calendar document using Google Drive and Google Apps Script

Is it possible to use Google Apps Script to 'automatically' create a calendar document in Google Drive with the following document features. Traditional calendar table Accurate month and year ...
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A Google Docs that automatically integrates content from lots of other Google Docs

I have shared several Google Docs with particular users and each updates his document on a regular basis. I would like to have a Google Docs that pulls all the content from these individual documents. ...