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Quick Insert in Google Docs

I live in Google Docs. As a teacher I spend a lot of time creating, grading, keeping track of, making note of, and basically doing anything that needs to be typed inside of Google Docs. Docs have replaced much of my previous workflow and allows me flexibility, ease of access, and anywhere access to my items. Most of Google Docs has remained unchanged over the past few years, but Google just released a killer update that I’m excited about, quick insert.

Generally, when I’m using Google Docs and I need to insert something that I don’t commonly use, it’s a bit of a search through menus and icons to find what I am looking for. It also changes depending on the screen size of your device, which can cause more endless searching. Luckily, Google now has a quick fix for that that puts lots of commonly used items right at your fingertips.

All you need to do is type @ in a Doc (on desktop only) and you will be given a list of items that you can insert. The items that you can place in are listed below:

  • People (list of recently used email addresses)
  • Building Blocks
    • Meeting Notes
  • Files (recently accessed files)
  • Lists
    • Checklist
    • Numbered list
    • Bulleted list
  • Media
    • Image
    • Table
    • Drawing
    • Chart
  • Dates
    • Date
    • Today’s date
    • Tomorrow’s date
    • Visible date
  • Headings
    • Title
    • Subtitle
    • Heading 1
    • Heading 2
    • Heading 3
    • Normal Text
  • Page Components
    • Page numbers
    • Page count
    • Header
    • Footer
    • Footnote
    • Break
    • Watermark
  • More
    • Horizontal line
    • Table of contents
    • Bookmark
    • Equation
    • Special characters
    • Link

For me, this minimizes the amount of time I need to use looking around menus to find things. I’ve been using this new feature for a little over a day now and I have noticed a large increase in my document creating speed from this simple little change.

Nathan Nagele

I'm a husband, father, and technology education teacher. I have a passion for creating videos and instructional materials that help students highly achieve.

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