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While users could edit documents and spreadsheets through Google Drive before, Google is now carving that functionality out and splitting it into two separate apps: Docs and Sheets.

Drive is still used to store, view, and organize your files, but Docs and Sheets will do the editing and have improved offline support so that you can create documents and spreadsheets without an Internet connection, and they will simply sync up the next time you get a connection. Google says that the a Slides app is coming soon.

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Upon opening the app, you’ll see a list of your most recently edited documents, which Google hopes will cut down on the time it takes you to scroll through your files to find what you were last working on. There’s no word yet on how Google Docs and Sheets will get along with QuickOffice, Google’s other document and spreadsheet editing app.

You can download these news apps on Google Play (Docs, Sheets) or the Apple App Store (Docs, Sheets).

Just getting started with Google Drive? You may want to check out our article on how to use Google Drive to capture your great ideas and never lose them How To Use Google Drive To Capture Your Great Ideas & Never Lose Them How To Use Google Drive To Capture Your Great Ideas & Never Lose Them Move over Evernote -- here's how you can use Google Drive to keep and grow your ideas. With the Google tools at your fingertips, put them all to good use for nurturing your ideas. Read More .

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Now, if you have a brilliant idea for a best-selling novel while traipsing through the Amazonian rainforest (or you know, something more probable, like during flight takeoff)… no problem. You can jot down your idea in the Docs app on your phone, even when you’re offline. — Google Blog

What do you think of this change? Is it necessary to split up these functionalities, or should Google have left it alone? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Google Blog via Mashable

  1. Transom Grist
    May 4, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Google - continually making it harder for customers in hopes of collecting more personal data from them.

  2. mae
    May 4, 2014 at 6:40 am

    I waited for this feature to come. at last !

  3. Caroline W
    May 3, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Hi Justin... I think this is fantastic. I use google docs sometimes to write up a short story for my blog because, unlike every other free office word processor I've used, I don't lose any formatting when copy/pasting into the WordPress writer. Literally, a few minutes ago, I uploaded to docs a story I must re-do, and now knowing I can use just that facility on my droids is great and welcome news to me because, I personally, have no use whatsoever for a full office suite. I also like gdocs a great deal, I don't know why... maybe its uncomplicated UI and features (though I still have no clue what the paint-roller thing does), I just like using it. So this news get's a double thumbs-up from me :) How uncanny I came to visit MUO just after using docs!!

    • Justin D
      May 8, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      Yeah, I love Google Docs too! Love the simplicity. :)

      PS: Find out what the Paint Format tool does here: https://support.google.com/drive/answer/1638558

      From Google Support:

      "Google documents lets you copy the formatting you’ve applied to a specific section of text to another section using the paint format tool. If you’re familiar with the paint format tool in Google spreadsheets, this works in a similar manner.

      To use this tool, select the text that's formatted in the way that you want to copy. Then, click the paint roller icon in your toolbar, and select the text to which you want to apply the formatting. The formatting from the original text will be copied to the selected text.

      To change the formatting in multiple places within your document, double-click the paint roller icon. You'll enter a mode that lets you highlight multiple text selections, and apply the same formatting to each selection. When you're done applying formatting to these selections, click the paint roller icon again.

      You can also use the paint format tool with keyboard shortcuts. Ctrl+Option+C will copy the formatting of the text you've selected, and Ctrl+Option+V will apply any copy that formatting to a different text selection."

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