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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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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 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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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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Pageless Google Doc using parameters?

As you know, there's a pageless mode in Google Docs that allows you to remove the borders of a document. https://support.google.com/docs/answer/11528737 I want that because I'm embedding documents in ...
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I want space between text paragraphs, but not list items

I want a blank line between my text paragraphs but not between items in lists. I know I can do the former with Format > Line spacing > Add space after paragraph and then Update normal text to ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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Open all Google Docs in view mode by default regardless of each doc's settings?

Is there a way to set my Google [Workspace] account so that any time I open a link someone has sent me to a Google Doc (or Sheet, Slides, etc.), it always opens in View mode, regardless of the ...
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Google Docs: Auto-numbering / Updating Exhibits and Figures

If I have 10 different .jpg photos (each an exhibit) I would like label each figure. For example: Figure 1: Photo of Left handed smoke shifter As each figure object is added to the document, the ...
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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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Google Docs: changing formatting of normal text without affecting automatically affecting headings

Applying a change to the indentation of normal formatting (e.g. first line indent) in google docs results in an automatic change to the indentation settings of all the other styles. It seems they have ...
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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 turn off the auto-bold when writing # (pound, hash) in Google Docs

Whenever I use the # symbol, the whole line in Google Docs is changed to bold. How can I stop this? I cannot find the feature under Tools > Preferences. And I'd like to keep the "Automatic ...
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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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All the pages are invisible

I have a google doc where I have about 40 pages. But now everything is blank. The doc scrolls but I dont see any pages. Any idea what's going on?
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Do Google Docs notify users of suggested edits or comments if they no longer have access to the document?

Do Google Docs notify users of suggested edits or comments if they no longer have access to the document? E.g. I have a document shared. Someone makes suggested edits or comments on that document. I ...
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How to add more space between the text and its underline in Google Doc?

Underline is being added to Links automatically when I work on Google documents. However, it makes texts not easy to read. Is there any way that lets me pull it down a bit?
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Mark checkbox "completed" in Google Docs checklist using keyboard

I see that the checkboxes in Google Docs' checklists can be marked completed by clicking with a mouse. Is there a way for me to mark them completed using only the keyboard?
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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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Export full revision history of Google Doc

Is there a way to export the entire revision history of a Google Doc? I am imagining the output being something like a spreadsheet that, for each edit, lists the date of the edit, the user who made ...
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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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Offline version history in Google Docs

I have a document that I'd like to edit offline (e.g. on a long airplane flight). I would like a way to restore changes that I'd made while offline, in the event that I accidentally delete a portion ...
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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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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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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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