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 old ...
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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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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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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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Resize table columns in Google Docs like AutoFit Contents in Microsoft Word

In Microsoft Word, you can resize column widths automatically using AutoFit Contents from the Layout ribbon's AutoFit pulldown menu. This resizes the selected table such that column widths are no ...
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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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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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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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“You have reached your limit of named versions” when naming a version

I didn't realize this, but Google Sheets (and I'm guessing Google Docs) as well seems have a limit on the number of named versions you can save? The bigger issue is that I'm not able to find any ...
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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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“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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Content control or invisible placeholders

Related to this question dated 5 years ago and where it is stated that "Google Docs doesn't have invisible placeholders at this time, but it has bookmarks." MS Word has 'content controls' ...
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google Script insert as HTML

If I have the string: var text = "Altman, R. (1992). Sound space. In R. Altman (Ed.), <em>Sound Theory Sound Practice</em> (pp. 46–64). New York: Routledge."; How can I insert ...
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Google file/folder in multiple location editing from different folders

I was wondering if I had a doc A that was saved in two separate folder locations, if there was a way for me to edit the document in one folder and the edits would also show in the other saved doc A in ...
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How to automatically convert some text into url's?

i'm wondering is in Google Docs possibility to automatically convert some text into url's? For example, i'd like to convert all words "Google" into Google for this moment i found some ...
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Format Chinese number as numbered list in Google Docs

I would like to use Chinese numbers as numbered list in Google Docs, similar to unanswered question Numbered list with Cyrillic letters, But I can't find any useful options in Format > Bullets &...
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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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Numbered list with Cyrillic letters

In Google Docs, I would like to have a numbered list using Cyrillic letters, such as: а б в г д The regular choices for numbered lists offer the options of Arabic numerals, Latin lowercase,...
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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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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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Search Revision History in Google Docs?

Changes are automatically saved in a Google Docs. However, a typical search across Google Docs does not include the revisions. Similarly, these forum discussions sought an answer to the same problem:...
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How can I get a custom outline numbering template in Google Docs?

I've seen a few questions around about what I thought was outline numbering, but instead was about headings. I'm specifically talking outline number formatting. I wish to make an outline in the ...
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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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How can I link to revision history overview of a (word) document on Google Docs?

Is it possible to link directly to the revision history of a document in google docs, in particular a word document? I need to link to the revision overview, not a specific revision. I tried to ...
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Is there a way to see just what was sent in a Google Docs collaboration invitation e-mail?

Suppose someone does the following in Google Docs: Create a Google Doc (or other type of document) with some content. Click the Share button to share it with another person. Click Advanced in the ...

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