Google Docs includes a new feature from Wednesday that will let you highlight multiple text selections at once to perform formatting functions on text more efficiently.
Google detailed on its Workspace Updates Blog that users will be able to delete, copy, paste, and add other formatting to multiple sections of text at once
“It will speed up document formatting and editing by eliminating the need for repetitive editing and increasing your overall productivity,” Google said on the blog.
The update is immediate and does not require any action to start using it. However, it can take up to fifteen days for it to be available throughout the ecosystem.
The feature is available to all Google Workspace users, which means it’s likely to be most commonly used in programs like Google Docs and Google Sheets. It’s also available for G Suite Basic and Business users, Google said. It is also compatible with all operating systems including Mac, Windows and Chrome OS.
- To use the feature on a Mac, select Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift + Left/Right Arrow after highlighting their first text selection.
- To use the feature on Windows, select Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Left/Right Arrow after highlighting their first text selection.
- To use the feature on Chrome OS, select Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Left/Right Arrow after highlighting their first text selection.
After that, you can add the formatting you want as you normally would.
Multiple text selections aren’t the only new feature in Google Docs. The tech company hosted the keynote at its Google I/O developer conference two weeks ago, where it showcased a slew of new innovations. An interesting update is a TL summary; Automatically generated DR for Google Docs.
The feature uses machine learning and natural language processing that are already used in similar features found in services like Google Meet and Google Chat.
The actual TL;DR digest feature is also expected as a Google Chat update in the coming months.