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Google Docs is updated: now allows you to select multiple texts at the same time

Google Docs is updated: now allows you to select multiple texts at the same time

Select multiple files in Google Docs.  (photo: Google)
Select multiple files in Google Docs. (photo: Google)

There is no doubt that Google wants to promote Google Docs, as it constantly releases updates, new features and tools to attract companies and users in general to use their platform.

Today, Google Docs has announced a new feature that will allow the user make multiple text selections at the same time and apply actions on them such as delete, copy, paste and change their format.

And it is that, these news are good for anyone looking for improve productivity, connectivity and collaboration using digital tools. Today there are many alternatives ranging from microsoft, Manzana, amazon, drop box, Preziamong many others, but it seems that this new tool is ahead of the aforementioned platforms.

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Google Docs wants to increase the productivity of its users

With the case of Google Docs, you are integrating a new feature that could be of great help to reduce the time and work involved when it comes to formatting and styling a documentespecially when they are very large.

Specifically, the company technological of Mountain View has indicated that, through a note on his blog Workspaceusers will be able to select, delete, copy, paste and reformat different sections of text at the same time.

This function can be well received by those who carry out editing, writing, transcribing content, even activities related to research and data verification. Furthermore, it is important to emphasize that The company detailed that it will gradually be extended to everyone’s accounts in the next 15 days.

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Select multiple files in Google Docs.  (photo: Google)
Select multiple files in Google Docs. (photo: Google)

“In Google Docs, you can now make multiple text selections at once and apply actions like delete, copy, paste, or format to all selections. This will make formatting and editing documents faster by eliminating the need to make repetitive changes, increasing your overall productivity.” detailed the company at its entrance.

To select multiple paragraphs of text in a document, simply select the first paragraph as usual and then press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Arrow (this for users of Windows).

For users of macOSyou have to press the keys Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift + arrow.

Google Docs.  (photo: Watch How It's Done)
Google Docs. (photo: Watch How It’s Done)

3 tricks to get the most out of Google Docs

Google Docs offers a lot of facilities for the user. Here are three of the many options available:

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1. Voice dictation

It has a dictation option that can be used to dictate content as well as transcribe audio files. This function, available in 100 languages, It can be very useful for writing texts while walking or performing other tasks. It also helps to avoid the physical and postural fatigue that can be caused by spending several hours sitting down typing.

To use this option you have to go to Tools > Voice dictation and a window will open where you just have to click to start talking or play an audio.

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Voice dictation is available in 100 languages.
Voice dictation is available in 100 languages.

2. Compare documents

There is a function that allows you to compare different documents. This can be useful if two texts have been written and saved on the same topic and want to evaluate what were the modifications made in each of these cases.

For that you have to enter one of the documents that you want to compare and then click on the top menu where it says Tools > Compare Documents.

When doing so, a dialog box will be displayed where you have to choose the document you want to contrast and to whom the differences found will be attributed.

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Compare Documents is one of the tools available in Docs
Compare Documents is one of the tools available in Docs

3. Generate question forms

It may be necessary to generate question forms to evaluate how a meeting went or, in the case of being a teacher, to review the topics that were discussed in class. For whatever reason, forms generated from Docs can be very useful.

To make them, just open a document or generate a new one and within ‘New’ choose option ‘Form’.

Forms can be created in a few steps
Forms can be created in a few steps

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