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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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Is it possible to delete the revision history in a Google Spreadsheet or Doc?

Is it possible to delete the revision history in a Google Spreadsheet / Doc? I've added some information into a shared Google Doc that I own that I don't want in there, I've deleted the data, but ...
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How can I align a table so that text floats around it in Google Docs?

I have some text in a Google Document, and I want to have a small table beside this text. The problem is that the table takes the whole row, so I can't have any text left of the table. Is it even ...
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Specify a default document template in Google Docs

Is there any way in Google Docs to specify a default document template that all my new documents are based on? Like most of the metric world, I don't use the legal paper size. I also generally don't ...
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How do I create pull quotes in Google Docs?

Can I install an app to make pull quotes in Google Drive? Or can I somehow create them using clever tricks?
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Insert>Equation does not recognise LaTeX “shortcuts” as per Google Docs help guide

In Google Docs, when I choose from the menu Insert>Equation, it displays literally shortcuts such as "\frac". For example, the following: \frac {a}{b} Should display a fraction with a over b. But ...
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How do I vertically center the text in the header of a Google document?

I'm using Google Docs, and I put some text in a header, and it is showing up very close to the top of the page. I want to position the text so that is vertically centered between the top of the page ...
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Can I print the Print Date or Save Date in Google Documents?

I've created a word processing document that will be used by many people (a style sheet for writers), and will also be updated periodically. I suspect that well have some who print the document out ...
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URL to open Google doc in “Suggesting” Mode

Is there a URL convention that allows me to share a Google doc so that when it is opened it is in “Suggesting” Mode but still allows the user to change to “Edit” Mode? I know that I can share a ...
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URL to create a new Google document from a template

Can you use a URL to create a new Google Document/Spreadsheet/Presentation from a template? Related questions (but don't answer this specific problem): URL to create a new Google document Craft URL ...
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How to put one picture partially overlapping another in Google Docs?

In Word, I can do things like this I cannot find a corresponding option in Google Docs. Is it possible?
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How to reset Google Docs to default settings for all documents

How can I reset all Google Docs formatting, heading, and paragraph style settings back to the default settings for all documents?
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In Google Docs, can I hide other users' cursor/selection?

One of my coworkers left Google Docs open with everything selected, so the entire document is pink. Can I turn off the user cursors/selection highlighting?
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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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How do I not show my real name when commenting in a Google Doc, while signed in to my Gmail account?

I have a Gmail account and it has my real name on it. I don't know how to keep everyone from seeing my real name if they visit my account. I also do not know how to keep people from seeing my name ...
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How can I share common formatting between Google Documents?

I have a folder of about 20 Lesson Plans in Google Documents. Although I used an initial template with a bunch of custom formatting for Heading 1, Heading 2, etc. I now want to tweak the styles. Is ...
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Editing LibreOffice .odt in Google Docs?

Is there any way to edit an .odt file directly in Google Docs which was created with LibreOffice Writer and uploaded to Google Drive whilst preserving the ODT format and not converting it to Google ...
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Can I use other font weights in Google Documents?

How can I use other font weights (such as Book 300 for Open Sans) in my documents? Adding Open Sans only allows me to use Normal 400, for example.
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Does Google Docs support variables?

Similar to Microsoft Word DocProperties where you're able to use update a DocProperty value as metadata, and its value gets update in the whole document. Does Google Docs have something similar? (I'...
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How do I remove a misspelling I accidentally added to spell checker in Google Documents?

I misspelled a word and accidentally added it to the spell checker dictionary in Google Documents. How can I remove it? When I google the problem I see many results and questions from 2010 and 2011, ...
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How can I hide my name on a shared Google Doc?

Just realized my name is clear as day on my documents that I'm sharing with strangers. Meanwhile they all show up as "Anonymous %animal%". How do I make it so my name doesn't show up?
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How to set tab to generate 4 spaces every time it's pressed in Google Docs?

Is it possible to set the default tab to four spaces in Google Docs? I'm gonna take an interview with Google and supposed to code in Docs, but the tab is much more than the usual 4 spaces, which makes ...
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How to paste source code in Google docs without creating bunch of new paragraphs?

When I paste source code in Google docs document, every line of the source is on a new paragraph. That creates unnatural spacing between lines. I can manually fix this by tediously removing each ...
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How to see the message that I sent while sharing the Google Docs

I shared a Google Docs with few of my contacts. While sharing the file, I had an option to send a message. I added a message but I want to check what I sent. How can I see that message?
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How do you search Google Docs by date?

I often need to search for documents by date (created or last modified) in Google Docs. For example, forgetting where I put it (and the name/content), so needing to search all my Google Docs for files ...
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TeX in Google Docs

I would like to type bra-keted expression into the document. How do I do that?
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How to automatically refresh a filter view in Google Sheets when new data comes in via Google Forms?

I have a filter view in Google Sheets that does not refresh when new data comes in via Google Forms. To refresh the filter view, I can remove the filter and apply it again, or even just click "OK" in ...
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Using the Google Documents equation editor, how can I enter the binomial coefficient?

It does not appear that you can enter the binomial coefficient or the choose-function of combinatorics. I'm trying to use the parenthesis in the third drop-down menu in the equation editor, but they ...
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Change the page color of a Google doc?

Is it possible to make the page black? (I'd then color the text white/colored.) I love the Atom text editor by the people at Github, so this is taking a cue from them.
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Google Docs: table of contents & exporting as PDF

I have a google document in which I used the built-in "generate table of contents" function to add a table of contents. It works perfectly in the browser/online. But my problem came after I exported ...
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Is there a way to link emails from Google Sheets?

I'm trying to find a way to link to an email from my Google Sheets. We use our spreadsheet as a way to track bugs, issues, to-dos, and milestone timelines (we've tried other apps, this works best). It ...
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Tracking views, downloads of shared Google Docs?

If a person has shared a Google Docs with me can they see if I have viewed or downloaded that document?
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How do I add a link in a Google Sheets to a specific paragraph or header in a Google Docs?

How do I add a link in a Google Sheets to a specific paragraph or header in a Google Docs?
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How to create a new paragraph within a list item?

I am maintaining a Google docs document that contains questions and answers for programming tests in our university. It's public, so you can see it. The problem I have is that every item is a list ...
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If Google Drive doesn't count Google documents against storage space, can other formats be embedded or transferred to Google documents?

According to this Google documents (Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Photos, etc.) don't count towards storage used on Google Drive. Does this mean if you copy and past an image or video into a Google ...
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Select words that are not adjacent in Google Docs?

Is there a way to select words that are not all together like you can with the Ctrl key in Word? Sorry if this is obvious, but I haven't been able to find an answer elsewhere.
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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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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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Why are my edits and presence anonymous in Google document when I'm signed in?

I edited a Google spreadsheet document, while logged with my Google account. After looking into revision history, I could see that the revision is not under my name but under "All anonymous users". I ...
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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 change the default line spacing for Google Docs?

For every new Google Docs I would like to change the line spacing to 1.5.
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Google Docs - Keyboard shortcut to correct a misspelled word?

In Google Docs, if a misspelled word is present in a document, a red underline is displayed under that word, as is typical in text-composition applications. When the caret (insertion point) is ...
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What is the shortcut key to toggle between Suggesting and Editing modes in Google Docs?

When copying content into Docs, for collaborative editing, there are some changes that I would like to get confirmation on (in Suggesting mode) and others that I want to make silently (in Editing mode)...
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How to hide text in Google Docs?

I would like to share a Google Docs to other people but certain sections in the document are not complete, so I would like to hide them such that when they view or even edit the document they cannot ...
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Place cell data from Sheets into Docs

I'm trying to populate an invoice. I have a Google Spreadsheets that calculates hours per project, and I want to bring that into a Google Docs. Despite much searching, I have found no way to do this. ...
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Embed Draw.io drawing in a Google Doc

Is there any way to do this, apart from exporting to png or some other format and then importing into Google Doc?
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How to move a column in Google Documents?

I know how to do this in Google Spreadsheets, but it seems there's no data moving support for tables in Google Documents at all. (I can't even select in columns) Does anyone know how to do it?
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Why do unwanted changes occur when uploading Word doc to Google Docs?

I'm uploading a Word document to Google Docs. However, when I upload it, all the text boxes that have been carefully positioned in the Word doc all mash up to the top. Is there any reason for this? ...
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Google Apps Script: copy document comments?

I'm working on the following script, which is supposed to look at the current document, grab its comments, make a copy, and copy the comments to the new document. However, I seem stuck. I'm not ...