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Google Updates Docs with New Version Control, Customizable Templates

Google has updated Google Docs, Sheets and Slides with improved version control, workflow customization and more.

With the new update, users can name different versions of a document under "version history" (previously "revision history"). Users can also choose to only see previous versions that have been named. Users can see what documents will look like without suggested edits or comments, accept or reject all suggested edits at once, suggest changes from an Android or iOS device and compare documents and review deadlines using the Litera Change-Pro or Workshare add-ons.

The company has also added new customizable templates with integrated add-ons, as well as the ability to create your own.

"These templates allow you to customize and deploy tools specific to your organization's workflows," according to a Google blog post about the update. "We've launched five examples of this in the general template gallery, like the new mutual non-disclosure agreement (NDA) template from LegalZoom and DocuSign. With this template, businesses can quickly create an NDA and collect signatures using the DocuSign Add-on for Docs. Bonus: it also automatically detects the required signature fields on the template, which saves even more time when you request signatures. This is just one of a few new templates — we've also worked with Lucidchart, PandaDoc, EasyBib and Supermetrics to help you save time and maximize efficiency throughout your team's workflows."

Users can also build their own templates with built in add-ons.

G Suite for Business and Enterprise users can now use Google Cloud Search via the "explore" feature, allowing them to find information from across all G Suite apps, including Gmail, Calendar and Sites.

For more information, visit blog.google.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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