You can now rotate text easily in the cells of Google Sheets. This feature can be particularly handy if you need to fit long header titles into narrow columns, or when you simply want to spruce up the presentation of your data.
For many who use use open-source office suites such as LibreOffice and OpenOffice, the ODP format is the first choice for presentations. Following today’s announced update, you can download your Google Slides presentations in this file format.
Some time ago I posted about the Table of Contents tool built in to Google Docs.
At the time, and ever since, there’s been a demand from users for a simple way to include page numbering in the auto-generated Table of Contents. Happily, Google have now included this ability.
Google has overhauled the Recent view for files in Drive on the web.
The previous options Last modified, Last modified by me and Last opened by me have now disappeared, replaced by a dynamically-generated list based on how you’ve interacted with drive.
Some time ago I posted about templates, and how to use them in Google Drive. Google has now introduced a new template gallery for the desktop versions of Docs, Sheets and Slides, offering a new interface design and lots of new template designs.
When you copy and paste some content in a Google Sheet, the formatting of the pasted content is maintained by default (unless you’re using the Paste special function). Google has now added an extra feature that allows you to instead paste just the values contained in the content, or just the format of the pasted content.
Many of you will already know that you can use Google’s official Android Device Manager to locate your phone when you’ve misplaced it somewhere. To do so, go to the Device Manager at
Various previous posts have dealt with cell formatting in Google Sheets..
Google has now upgraded this feature so it’s now possible to select a portion of the text within a cell and to apply formatting to only those characters, instead of to the entire cell. This new feature is available both on the web and in the Sheets app for Android.
Sometimes you need to leave your computer, perhaps at short notice, and you’ve already built up a number of open tabs. If you don’t have Google Chrome configured to carry on where you left off when opening a new session, then closing the browser will lose those tabs and force you to remember and re-open them later to continue working.
This is another simple tip that most Chrome users will already know about.
When you have multiple tabs opened, you can detach a single tab as a separate instance of the Google Chrome browser. This allows you to group related web pages or apps and run each group in a separate browser instance – maybe on a separate desktop workspace, or even on a separate monitor. To ‘extract’ a tab in this way, just drag the tab away from the tab bar: