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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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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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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 search Google Drive for Docs and Sheets?

I have been using Google Drive for several years. At this moment, I have a very robust folder structure there, with many files of various types, altogether more than 13 GB. Now I need to search my ...
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How can I make multiple non-contiguous text selections in Google Docs?

Is there a keyboard shortcut or other method for Google Docs that is equivalent to Ctrl+click in MS Word which allows you to select several parts of the text that are not adjacent to each other? I ...
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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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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 ...
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Can I split cells within a table?

I have a table where each row might have one, two or three columns. For example, here is a similar table I made in LibreOffice Writer, using the split cell functionality: As far as I can tell, Google ...
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How do I add current date to a document footer automatically in Google Docs?

I want to add the current date to a document footer automatically in Google Docs. All I found was this script: /** * The onOpen function runs automatically when the Google Docs document is * ...
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How to upload a new revision / version to an existing word document in Google Docs

How to upload a new revision / version to an existing Word document in Google Docs. I am able to see an "Import a new version" for a spreadsheet (xlsx) but not for a Word file (docx). Any pointers?
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Send readers of Google document to “Viewing” mode instead of “Suggesting” mode

Is there any way to send the readers of a Google document to "Viewing" mode instead of the default "Suggesting" mode using a public URL? With the current behavior it is an administrative burden for ...
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How to add custom paragraph styles for Google Drive text documents

Currently, in Google Drive when editing a text document, there are 6 styles available: Normal text Title Subtitle Heading 1 Heading 2 Heading 3 These are not nearly enough for my style of writing. ...
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Hide spelling and grammar error in Google Drive document

I am using Google Drive to create and edit a new document. How can I hide spelling and grammar errors in that document? I.e make the red lines below my words disappear
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Is there a Google Docs (or Sheets) API to scroll the view?

If I want to scroll to a particular paragraph in Google Docs, or a particular cell in Google spreadsheets, is there a way to do that via Google Apps Script?
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Google Docs: How to change the color of bullets in bulleted lists?

Is there a way to make a "sticky" change to the color of the bullet used in bulleted lists? I would like to have a bullet color that is different from the text color, and that persists – at least for ...
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Is it possible to add a creative commons embed to a Google Doc?

I've written some basic training manuals using Google docs, and would like to release them under a creative commons license. I plan to use the Google drive "Publish" feature to release it to the web, ...
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Copy image from Google Sheets to Google Docs

There's an image in a Google Shets that I would like to insert into a Google Docs. How can I transfer the image from the Sheets to the document? I can right-click on the image and select "Copy", ...
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Is there anything like a symlink in Google Docs?

For instance, I'd like to share my resume (in 3 formats) with a recruiter. I'd also like those links to be valid at all times but also be up to date if I upload a new PDF / DOCX / ODT file to Google ...
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How can I save a Google Docs image to my local hard drive?

Is it possible to save an image used in a Google Docs document to my local hard drive?
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Textbox via Drawing blurry / Alternative element for absolute positioning?

I'd like to create an invoice in Docs. My information should be on the upper right corner - on every page. The element used for this shouldn't have 'a flow', so that it doesn't influence the header's ...
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How do I suppress Google Documents' display of a hard page break as white space on the previous page

When I insert a hard page break in a Google document, the last line on the page before the break acquires an inch of whitespace at the end, apparently representing the page break itself. If I type ...
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How to disable highlighting commented text in Google Docs?

Any time you add a comment in Google Docs (Google Drive), the text selected becomes highlighted: If you don't select any text, you either will not be able to leave a comment or the nearest word will ...
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Is there a way to create bookmarks using text? (something like Wikimedia markup)

Using Google Docs, when I click Insert > Bookmark I create a bookmark (duh!) in that place of the document, kind of a <a name="here">cursor</a>. I have a few of these bookmarks in a ...
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Using Macros in Google Documents - is it possible?

I want to be able to have some macros, while writing in a Google Document. The idea is to replace the Quick Parts in Word - so I can have the same functionality in a Google Document. Any ideas?
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Margins that differ for the Headers and Footers from the body of the document

Is there away, inside of Google Documents, of creating a header/footer that has no margins, but to give the body a set of margins? I've set the margins to be 0 for placing a drawing in the header, but ...
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Update footer date, don't clear the contents

This lovely bit of code for a Google Doc template I use, does exactly what I need it to do except it clears all of the content in my footer instead of just the date. Is there any way to get just the ...
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Is it possible to set Google Drive to open Google Docs above a certain age in Viewing Mode automatically?

Sometimes, I like to go back into my old school files and read the terrible essays I wrote in high school. However, on occasion, I will accidentally hit a key while reading, and this changes the edit ...
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Automatic date in Google Docs

Is there a way in Google Docs to automatically update the date in a header of the page, so that whenever I print the document it will have today's date?
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Google Docs: Can I “include” other docs dynamically?

I have a document broken up into sections for easy editing. Is there a way to have a "master" document that includes these sections automatically?
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Editing in Google Docs returns “Oops. A server error occurred. Please press 'Reload' in your browser”

When I work in Google Documents, I get the following error every time I edit something: Oops. A server error occurred. Please press 'Reload' in your browser This happens every 30 seconds and is ...
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How do I use keyboard shortcuts on German keyboard?

I am trying to use keyboard shortcuts in Google Docs with a German keyboard. In Google Docs keyboard shortcuts are made for American keyboards. For example: "Increase Indent" needs Ctrl+]. On an ...
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Adding custom hotkeys for Google Docs

I am interested in adding a hotkey to change the color of a text. I edit, so switching text from black to red is something I do often, but I have to go click on text color each and every time in ...
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Is it possible to insert text from a Google spreadsheet into a text box in a Google document?

I need to insert text into a template that contains multiple text boxes in a variety of orientations. I can do that by inserting a text box from Google Drawings into a Google Doc and formatting it to ...
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How to embed pictures from Google Docs in new interface?

Previously it was possible to get rendered bitmap URL from Google doc picture. But now they created a new degraded interface where I can't find such an option. I can only "share" image, but I want to ...
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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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Exiting 'Print Layout' when viewing a read-only Google Doc

I'm creating some instructional material and sharing it with coworkers via Google Docs. I have Ownership and Edit rights on these documents while my co-workers have Read access. The document is ...
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Create address labels from Gmail contacts in Google Docs?

Is there a way to create address labels in Google Docs based on my Gmail contacts (even better would be a group of contacts I made)? Essentially allowing me to easily create all my address labels for ...
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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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mailto: link with multiple recipients in a Google Docs Document

I'd like to create a hyperlink in my Google Document that will pop up the "new email" dialog of Outlook and populate the TO: line with multiple recipients. If this were a regular HTML page or a ...
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What is the hotkey for adding rows in Google Docs?

After 1/2 hour of googling to no avail, I am ready to ask this here: As the title says, what is the hotkey for adding/removing rows in an already existing table in Google Docs? It seems excessively ...
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How do you make an en dash in Google Docs?

How do you make an en dash in Google Docs?
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Where did the Google Sets feature go? [closed]

Where did Google Sets go? I can't find it. Did it move to another Google app or within one of the options inside Google Docs?
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How can I embed a chart from a Google Spreadsheets in a Google Doc?

I would like to embed the chart from a Google Docs spreadsheet into a Google Docs Document, so changes to the original will be reflected in the embedded version. I found a way to embed a static image ...
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How to open local documents directly in Google Docs?

I read this article on Lifehacker on how to make a shortcut to open an empty Google Doc right from the desktop. I would like to be able to open my file browser and just click on a document and have ...
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Is it possible to embed a Google sheet's in a non google-site website?

I'm creating an internal site for my users and I don't want to be constricted by the limitations of hosting a site through Google sites. But I also want to be able to embed Google documents and ...
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Do a user's access permissions to a document change if they are removed from the Google Group?

If we have a Google Document and share it with a Google Group, then remove 1 user from that Google Group, will the user who was removed still have access to the Google Document (either as a copy ...