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Do you remember when Google Docs Word Processing In Google Docs? 5 Important Tips To Keep In Mind Word Processing In Google Docs? 5 Important Tips To Keep In Mind For the majority of my life, Microsoft Word was the word processing tool to use if you were going to do any serious work. Sure, there were alternatives like Corel WordPerfect and later on OpenOffice,... Read More was known as Writely?

Yeah, that was a really long time ago, but since then, the Google Docs platform has gone from strength to strength. Google is constantly adding new features to its word processing suite, which consists of Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Drawings, and Apps Script. Each added feature rounds up its creative capabilities.

So, you would be seriously mistaken if you thought that Google Documents was bare-bones, and not for professionals How Google Docs Can Help You Come Across As A Professional How Google Docs Can Help You Come Across As A Professional Google Docs has a huge, free repository of ready templates that you can use for almost any professional scenario. Let's take a look at five common documents needed in the workplace. Read More . In fact, with the aid of add-ons Google Docs Adds-Ons For Students: These 5 Will Help You Write A Paper Google Docs Adds-Ons For Students: These 5 Will Help You Write A Paper Word-processing for students has long been the domain of Microsoft Word, but the recent release of add-ons is making Google Docs an appealing free option. Read More , voice typing How Voice Typing Is the New Best Feature of Google Docs How Voice Typing Is the New Best Feature of Google Docs Voice recognition has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years. Earlier this week, Google finally introduced voice typing into Google Docs. But is it any good? Let's find out! Read More , and templates 24 Google Docs Templates That Will Make Your Life Easier 24 Google Docs Templates That Will Make Your Life Easier Templates can save you lots of time. We compiled 24 time-saving Google Docs templates for work, health, home, and travel. Get on with your projects, rather than struggling with putting together documents. Read More , you can turn your Google office suite into a veritable online word-processing powerhouse Google Docs vs. Microsoft Word: The Death Match for Research Writing Google Docs vs. Microsoft Word: The Death Match for Research Writing Online solutions are becoming the norm. We decided to see how Microsoft Word stacks up against Google Docs. Which one will do the better research paper? Read More .

Here are some that will help you use some of that power to make your documents look stylish and beautiful.

Paragraph Styles+

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If you’re writing a large document (such as your letter to Santa Claus), then you will know the importance of having headers to break things up. And Paragraph Styles+ gives you the flexibility to make your own headers, according to the styles you prefer. No longer are you dictated to by Google Docs about size. Size matters and it’s up to you to decide how big your headers will get.

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As you can see from the screenshot above, you can specify which font, font size, style, and uppercase/lowercase you would prefer. You can save multiple header styles, so when it is time to choose one, you simply highlight the text, open up the sidebar, and click on the header you want.

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Paragraph Styles+ also helps you make a table of contents for that absolute mega-buster letter to Santa Claus. The one where you ask for a pony and a Ferrari for Christmas.

Listify

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Spreadsheets How To Import Data From Other Google Spreadsheets How To Import Data From Other Google Spreadsheets Most users only use a small fraction of Google Spreadsheet's potential. Do you know how to get information from one Google Spreadsheet into another? Here's a cell function to do the job. Read More are a great invention for laying out huge amounts of information and seeing it all organized. I mean, without spreadsheets Perform Amazing Feats With These Useful Google Spreadsheet Functions Perform Amazing Feats With These Useful Google Spreadsheet Functions I am ashamed to admit that I've only recently decided to start experimenting with Google Spreadsheets, and what I've discovered is that whatever allure or power Excel had over me due to the amazing things... Read More , I would never be able to get an overview of my David Hasselhoff picture collection. But sometimes you just want a little bit more oomph in your tables, and Listify aims to please in that department.

Listify turns your spreadsheet into a “beautiful searchable listing”. So I took this spreadsheet and turned it into this, in literally seconds. Just go to the website, enter in your spreadsheet link, and watch it do its magic.

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Translate

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Now this is the one I love a lot. Being a British expatriate living in exile in Germany, I do a lot of translation Travelling With Google Translate? 4 Tips To Improve Your Experience Travelling With Google Translate? 4 Tips To Improve Your Experience If you plan on travelling to a foreign country anytime soon, Google Translate can really help you, but it has its limitations. Here's how to best make use of this wonderful app. Read More between English and German. Sometimes though, my knowledge of German escapes me (is there a German equivalent for “I have a sense of humor?“). So it is really handy to have Google Translate 10 Uses Of Google Translate To Cross The Great Language Divide 10 Uses Of Google Translate To Cross The Great Language Divide Language is such a cultural totem that its translation doesn’t cover all the corners. When we talk of machine translation, the name without surprises that comes to mind is of Google Translate. Perhaps, most of... Read More sitting in the corner ready and waiting to help me out with my linguistic entanglements.

Just highlight the text in the document, choose the language of that highlighted text, choose the language you want it translated into, and click “Translate“. As you can see, the number of provided languages is not too many at the moment – only 5 – but this will hopefully go up in the future. I am hoping for a female language translator, so when the wife says, “do I look fat in this dress?“, I will know what she is really saying.

Mindmeister

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I personally don’t like mindmaps 4 Great Web-Based Mindmapping Tools To Enhance Your Creativity 4 Great Web-Based Mindmapping Tools To Enhance Your Creativity Mindmaps are a wonderful resource for brainstorming, planning, and managing ideas in a way that increases your productivity and enhances your creativity. But what if you want to create a mindmap without pen or paper? Read More , but I know people who do. So this one is for all you crazy mindmappers out there.

It’s quite simple. Just highlight your bulleted to-do list, and click on the Mindmeister add-on. It will then turn your tasks into a nice looking mindmap. Mindmaps can make a dull list look more interesting, and it is one of the better tools that help you brainstorm an unwieldy document project.

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Change Case

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This is a small uncomplicated no-frills add-on, but one that is probably going to be insanely useful in your word processing adventures. How many times have you received a document from someone, and there were all uppercase words, all lowercase, no words with capital letters, and so forth? Then you had to sit there and laboriously change each one while cursing the name of the deviant who did this to you.

Labor and curse no more. If this happens, highlight the wrecked text and choose to change them. A few clicks and everything is corrected to the right case all at once. Isn’t life grand?

Remove Line Breaks

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Nothing makes me more demented than copy/pasting from a document into another document, and seeing the resulting text look like two chickens have danced over it. PDF files are notorious for this. You take what looks like perfectly formatted text and when you move it to a Word file, it immediately scatters like a shotgun blast. As you can see below. Cue more laborious sentence reconstruction.

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But with Remove Line Breaks, it will take any text you highlight and put it all back together again.

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Extensis Fonts

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Google Fonts is a veritable fountain of memorable fonts. But it is more set up for embedding into websites Spruce Up Your Website With These 12 Beautiful Google Web Fonts Spruce Up Your Website With These 12 Beautiful Google Web Fonts Over the past decade, I've started a number of personal blogs that I never really followed through with, but some of my fondest memories rest on theme design and font tweaks. There’s something satisfying when... Read More , than it is for document formatting. This is where Extensis Fonts steps in to fill the gap. By installing their Documents add-on, you can call up the entire list of fonts, highlight the text in the document, and then scroll up and down the font list, trying out different ones.

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Again, this has turned out to be one of my favorite add-ons. If you are in any way design-minded, you will appreciate having such a large repository of fonts at your fingertips. Delete the ones you have installed on your operating system, and use these ones instead. Your computer will run faster as a result.

Open Clipart

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As well as loads of fonts, you are also going to need loads of images. Open Clipart provides images you can use, despite rumors of its demise at the hands of Microsoft Clip Art Is Gone! Here's How To Find Free Images Instead Clip Art Is Gone! Here's How To Find Free Images Instead Microsoft killed clip art and replaced it with Bing Image Search, which in Office filters for Creative Commons images. It's one of many resources and you can still find clip art elsewhere. Read More . Although being “clipart”, you are not exactly going to be getting a crisp high-definition reproduction of the Mona Lisa. These are basic images, but nevertheless rather good ones which will brighten up an otherwise boring document.

The sidebar for this add-on has a search box included. Simply put in your keywords, and if you see something you like, just click on it for it to be added to your document. You can decide how it goes around your text, as well as how big the margin should be.

Doc Tools

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This one partially repeats the previously mentioned Change Case add-on in that you can change words to uppercase, lowercase, capitals, etc. However, it also adds more very useful features to its toolbox which makes this one seriously worth considering. Again, they are small things, but once you start using them, you’ll wonder how you managed without them.

You can increase and decrease the text size, highlight text (then remove the highlighter if you want), sort lists from A to Z (or in reverse), and change numbers into their word equivalents (or the other way around).

Better Word Count

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Finally, yes I know there is a Word count option in the Tools menu, but it is such a pain in the butt to go all the way up there and start clicking around. A better way is a constantly updating word count (and character count), which you can see in the sidebar. No extra clicking required. If you need to know how many words you have done, just look to your right.

Which Google Documents Add-Ons Do You Love?

The nice thing about Google Documents 10 Google Docs Tips that Take Seconds & Save You Time 10 Google Docs Tips that Take Seconds & Save You Time When you dive down into the depths of the Drive, the right feature can help you create professional looking documents. Our speed tips will help you do it that much faster. Read More is that it is a constant work-in-progress. Third-party developers are working hand-in-hand with Google all the time to come up with new and innovative ideas. This shows that there are more options than Microsoft Office or any of the other word processing suites which you can install.

Do you find Google Docs natural enough for creating stylish documents? Let us into your expert tips and tools that help you do so. 

  1. Pam Hill
    November 14, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Just a little feedback for your site. All of the ads for other posts make it difficult to read your articles. I'm finding that I have to put your posts in Pocket before I can read them.

  2. Kelsey Tidwell
    October 11, 2016 at 3:24 am

    Heh I remember opening a feature request ticket with Google several years back over the word count feature. I guess it made them angry when I suggested they should do it like Microsoft Word and Libra Office, and you see what we got. :)

    Love Better Word Count (but I still don't see why they couldn't have done it like you know who).

  3. Accu
    September 17, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Very useful! Thanks

  4. Ilona Terescenco
    July 29, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Fabulous! I shall ”play” with all of them:))! Thank you a lot for sharing! Best wishes from Romania!

  5. Gautch
    July 27, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    I've been using "Sort by color" and "Power Tools".

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