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New features, templates added to CWRU Google Apps

Icon containing document symbol on gray background. In late February, Google released updates for Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms to facilitate content creation. Read below to learn what updates were made to the Google tools you use at Case Western Reserve.

New voice commands for Google Docs, Sheets and Slides

Google has long allowed you to use your voice instead of the keyboard to enter text, but special formatting, such as lists and bolding, still required the click of a mouse or key. Now, Google has added voice commands to help with formatting.

To start using voice commands, open a Google Doc and choose Tools > Voice typing. Then, click the microphone icon and start speaking. Pause to dictate a voice command for formatting. For a full list of available voice commands visit support.google.com/docs/answer/4492226.

Expert-designed templates for Google Docs, Sheets and Slides

Google released several new templates for Docs, Sheets and Slides in September, and now the list is growing. From managing budgets to delivering memorable presentations, the 5 new templates aim to help you maximize your use of Google Apps.

These templates are available on the web as well as in the mobile apps for iOS and Android. Learn more about each of the templates at googleappsupdates.blogspot.com/2016/03/new-templates-in-google-docs-designed.html.

New Google Forms becomes default version

In early September, Google updated Google Forms with new templates and a streamlined interface. The “New Google Forms” was released on an opt-in basis, but now it is the version Case Western Reserve users will see by default.

The new version of Google Forms contains most of its predecessor’s features, as well as some enhancements. For example, if you create a Form, you will be able to see individual responses without opening a Google Sheet. You also may choose to be notified each time someone responds to your survey.

If you need to revert to the previous version of Google Forms, click the running man icon in the lower left corner of the screen.

Training and support

To explore these updates, log in to your CWRU Google Drive account at webdocs.case.edu. Information Technology Services (ITS) partners with lynda.com to provide the university community with video-based online training for Google Apps at no cost. Visit case.edu/its/lynda to log in to CWRU’s lynda.com portal, and then search for the topic about which you want to learn more.

For assistance with any technology product or service at Case Western Reserve, such as CWRU Google Apps, contact the ITS Service Desk at 216.368.HELP (4357) or help@case.edu.



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