Questions tagged [google-docs]

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How can I find the creation date of a document in Google Docs?

I'd like to know when a document has been created, but Google Docs doesn't seem to display that information anywhere. I tried looking at the revisions, but all it displays is a relative time (2 months ...
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Can I prevent Google from tracking which links I follow in downloaded PDFs?

I want to create a PDF document using Google Docs/Drive that includes links, but without Google tracking clicks on those links. Downloading a Google Drive document (File > Download as) in any other ...
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Easy way to convert text lines into table rows?

I have a piece of text with many lines. What's the easiest way to convert these lines into rows of a Google Docs table? (Sure, I could create a table manually and 1-by-1 copy/paste each line into ...
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Is it possible to format small-caps in Google Documents?

I have found the need to format text in small caps (with minuscule letters looking like capitals, but still maintaining their size) in Google Docs. I have looked over, under, and in the Docs option ...
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How can I convert a table in a Google Docs document to a spreadsheet?

I've tried selecting the table in the document, copying it, and pasting into a new spreadsheet, but this results in a one-column spreadsheet with all of the columns flattened into one. I don't see a ...
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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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Change paragraph spacing

I would like to change the amount of space that is added when I do Format → Line spacing → Add space before paragraph. It is possible to change this in Microsoft Word. Is there a way to do this in ...
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Using different headers and footer in the same Google document

I've a Google document and it has one header throughout. On a couple of the pages I want to use a different header and footer. For instance: pages 1-14 I want Header + Footer A pages 15-20 I want ...
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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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Reduce font size in Google Documents

I created a document with Google Docs. Now I want to reduce the fontsize by 1pt. There are several fontsizes in the documents, so I can't just apply a different size to the whole document. In MS ...
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How do you join two tables together in Google Docs?

It used to be that you could edit HTML and join your tables. I have about a hundred dynamic documents with tables that need to be joined and split routinely. Each of these tables has seven columns and ...
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How do I change Google Docs default quotation symbols

Default quotation symbols in Google Docs are curly ones “”. I would like to use command line quotes like "". I can't find any solution except: Insert -> Special Characters -> Punctuation -> ...
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Text folding in Google Docs

Can I hide some pieces of text under something clickable and open them up when mouse is clicked?
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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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Make a copy of a Google Document with all the original comments

When you go to File > Make a copy in Google Drive it opens up a popup where you can rename the new copy. There is a piece of the small print below that says comments will not be copied to the new ...
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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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Can't download/export a large Google Docs document as PDF (what are the limits on Google Drive?)

TL;DR I have a very large Google Docs document which can not be exported to PDF*, but I can download it in all the other supported formats, which unfortunately do not fit my needs. What are the ...
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How to use EndNote instead of FootNote on Google Docs?

I am looking for a way to put my footnotes at the end of the document (as "EndNote") (or at the end of a chapter), or even to hide them. Since there is no web-viewing mode, the footnotes are shown ...
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Tagging a Google docs revision

Is it possible to "tag" a Google doc revision? Similar to tagging a revision in a source control system. I'd like to continue working on a document, however I'd like to log which revision of the ...
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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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Require User to sign in order to edit a document on Google Drive

I have a document shared publicly (anyone with the link can edit). Is there a way of requiring signing-in in order to make any edits? The motivation is to know who is editing instead of "Anonymous ...
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In Google Docs can the entire background colour for a piece of text be changed?

I know there's highlighting the background of text, but this only applies to the background around the text. Can the entire background be changed in colour so it doesn't look all choppy? I need ...
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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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How to save a Google Docs to PDF

I generally use Google Docs to create my documents and most of the time, I have to export it to PDF. The problem is that sometimes I need to save this PDF in Google Drive. So far, I do: Download the ...
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Can Google Docs show hidden characters?

Is it possible to show hidden characters on a Google Doc? If not, how does one request such a feature?
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Perform basic maths on contents of Google Document (not spreadsheet)

In Microsoft Word, it is possible to use very simple formula e.g. =SUM(ABOVE) to display the total of a column or =SUM(LEFT) etc. Is it possible to do something similar in Google Docs? Obviously this ...
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How do I download all Google Docs in a folder as PDF?

I have a Google Drive filled with Docs, Slides, and Sheets. The new Google Drive interface no longer supports choosing the file format for bulk downloads, and just gives me a bunch of useless ...
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How do I delete many documents at once from Google Docs (not Google Drive)?

This has been asked and answered before, but the answers are for the old interface (predating Google Drive), so I'm asking again. I have about a hundred docs in my Google Docs view, most of which are ...
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Google Document web-layout view mode similarly in Microsoft's Word

I want to view the document under web-layout view mode the same way as we can do in Microsoft Word. How can I do that?
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How to insert code in Google Drive documents [duplicate]

I use Google Drive Docs as my note taking tool and it is awesome since I can use it when I am offline, but I have a problem: I can't add source code in documents there. I know this question is ...
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Nested tables in Google Docs

Since there is no option to merge table cells in Google docs, creating a new table inside a cell could be a possible work around for this. When I insert a table inside a table cell, blank lines are ...
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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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Can you link directly to a new copy of a Google Docs or Sheets?

Is it possible to craft a URL (or bookmarklet) so that when clicked it opens a fresh "copy" of an existing Google Docs or Sheets? Apparently it used to be possible by appending &newcopy=true to ...
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Add page break in table in Google Docs

Is there a way to force a page break in a Google Docs table? I've got a table that is going to extend across multiple pages and I'd like to choose where the break happens (I want to keep a row ...
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How to make hundreds of URLs clickable in Google Docs

I am migrating documents to Google Docs that contain many URLs. If I hit Enter after each one, the link becomes clickable. But I'm looking for a way to convert all URLs (text starting with http:// or ...
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In Google Docs, how can I search for paragraph marks?

In MS Word, I do a search for ^p Is there a similar search string that I could use in Google Docs to find paragraph marks? I do that kind of search, by the way, to replace 3 paragraph marks with 2.
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How to customize the toolbar in Google Docs?

Is it still impossible to customize the toolbar with extra buttons? Specifically, I'd like to add the strikethrough one (especially with how horrendous the keystroke for it is), but a general solution ...
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How do I remove the template chooser from Google Docs?

At the top of Google Docs, there is a big banner labeled “Template Chooser” that fills half my laptop screen with templates and encouragements to create new documents. I have more than enough ...
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Google Docs Chrome extension - what does it do / why does it exist?

In some Chrome instances, several extensions (apps?) called Google Docs, Google Sheets, etc. are installed (I've seen various subsets of these across different Chrome instances). What are these for / ...
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How to upload a file into Google Docs, given a URL

I want to edit a web document that I see open in my browser. What can I do? I have discovered that I can use the viewer, like this: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/...
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How to use text from capturing groups in Google Docs regex replace?

I'm trying to match certain text and then replace with the text plus some extra characters. Minimal example text: #10 Oranges. These are citrus fruits Desired output: #10 Oranges. These are citrus ...
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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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Is this an easter egg of Google Docs?

So today is Friday for me and I notice something - https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/?tgif=d tgif- Thank God it's Friday Is it an easter egg or some kind of actual parameter?
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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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Google Docs reference to specific number of numbered list

I am creating a long list with many (>50) references to previous list numbers in Google Docs. Here is a simplified example: Do A Go to B Wash C Pick up D Clean E Repeat Step 2 Buy F If I delete "1. ...
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How to extend word underline to end of line with Google Docs

I am trying to create a header where the underline completely extends horizontally to the end of the document, but I cannot find out how to do this.
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What file format or coding standard is a Google Document in?

So if Microsoft Word uses .docx (formerly .doc), what 'format' is a Google document in? How does it all work? Does it just use the HTML standard to make up the document on the page you're working on?...
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How can I create an anchor link in a Google Docs document?

Let's take the following example document: How can I create an anchor link for the heading "How to boost sales" to share this document position with another user?
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How to remove automatic negative indent from Google Documents?

When I write a paragraph in Google Documents, they get a very distinctive negative indent on the first line. I don't want that. I want my paragraphs to have no indent at all. How do I get that? Here ...
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How do I remove a tab stop in Google Documents?

I mistakenly added too many tab stops to the ruler in my Google Document, and it's not obvious how to remove them. How do I remove a tab stop from a Google Document?