Google Docs Introduces ‘@’ Button for Smart Chips, Enhancing Collaboration and Simplicity
Google Docs just dropped a cool update that’s all about making your work life simpler and more collaborative. Brace yourself for a smoother ride through your documents, thanks to the latest upgrade in the world of the Google Docs word processor.
Well, if you’re diving into your existing Google Doc and hit a blank line, keep an eye out for a snazzy new ” @” button. Clicking on it unleashes a wave of possibilities. You can now easily select, search, and insert what Google Docs calls “smart chips.” Picture this as a bag of tricks including people, dates, timers, file chips, building blocks, calendar events, groups, and more.
This update builds on a cool feature they introduced back in October 2023. Remember those nifty buttons that popped up when you opened a new Google Doc, offering shortcuts for throwing in pre-formatted content like meeting notes and email drafts? They’re taking it up a notch.
A “more” menu now lets you choose from a bunch of smart chip inputs, covering everything from people and tasks to dates, custom text blocks, tables, and beyond.
This fancy feature is rolling out to all Google Workspace customers and folks with personal Google Accounts. Rapid release domains are getting the VIP treatment first. It’s on by default, no admin permissions needed, and Google wants you to know—there’s no turning it off. They’re keeping it simple and straightforward.
This update is part of Google’s ongoing efforts to amp up collaboration in Docs. And hey, speaking of cool additions, they recently threw in an eSignature tool for Google Workspace Individual users. Now you can set up signature fields right in Google Docs, making it a breeze to handle digital signatures on crucial docs like contracts.