Google continues to improve its Workspace apps by introducing a new feature called the “enhanced tool finder,” aiming to streamline the user experience.
Enhanced Tool Finder
Google is rolling out a new feature called the “enhanced tool finder” for its Workspace apps, including Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. This addition will help users easily locate frequently used tools without the need to navigate through various menus and toolbars.
New Search Bar with a Sleek Design
The enhanced tool finder appears as a search bar with a magnifying glass icon and a “Menus” label at the top-left of the app’s toolbar. Its pill-shaped design is consistent with the recent Material Design 3 overhaul.
The search bar will automatically display commonly used suggestions tailored to the specific Workspace app, such as “Page setup” in Docs, “Insert rows/columns” in Sheets, and “Edit theme” in Slides.
Search for Tools by Name or Description
Users can search for specific tools by name or enter a description. For instance, searching for “who last viewed this document” will bring up the Activity dashboard. The new tool finder now houses the “find & replace” tool, pinned below any search results.
Tapping on the search bar will display previous queries, and keyboard shortcuts will appear beside applicable tools in search results, encouraging users to memorize them for frequent use.
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Improved Productivity and User Experience
The enhanced tool finder aims to boost productivity and user experience across Google Workspace apps. By offering quick access to commonly used tools and streamlining the search process, users can save time and focus on their work.
Quote from Google Workspace User
A long-time Google Workspace user shares their excitement about the update:
“I’m thrilled about the enhanced tool finder! It’ll make my workflow much smoother and more efficient. I can’t wait to see this feature in my Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.”
Continued Improvement of Google Workspace
This update demonstrates Google’s commitment to continuously improving its Workspace suite, ensuring that users have the best tools available to boost their productivity and simplify their work processes. As Google continues to innovate, users can expect even more enhancements and features in the future.
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Easier Access to Search Features
Before this update, users could find features and tools in Google Workspace apps by accessing the Help menu and selecting Search. This update simplifies the search process and provides suggested prompts.
The enhanced tool finder will roll out gradually, with Google’s release timeline indicating it should reach Workspace and personal Google accounts by May 25th.
The enhanced tool finder is a testament to Google’s commitment to enhancing productivity and user experience in its Workspace apps. By simplifying the process of searching for tools and features, users can focus on their tasks and efficiently utilize the powerful capabilities of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
As the new feature rolls out gradually, it is expected to reach all Workspace and personal Google accounts by May 25th, further cementing Google’s position as a leader in productivity tools.
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