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March 12, 2014

New Add-Ons Give Google Docs Users More Options

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Google has given Docs and Spreadsheets within Drive a little boost courtesy of its developer partners.

The company is launching a number of add-ons—new tools created by its partners to give users more features when working with documents and spreadsheets.

“To help take some of that work off your shoulders, today we’re launching add-ons—new tools created by developer partners that give you even more features in your documents and spreadsheets,” Google product manager Saurabh Gupta wrote in a blog post.

To use the new add-ons, from either Docs or Pages, select ‘Get add-ons’ from the add-ons menu at the top of the page.


Upon installing an add-on, it will become available across all documents or spreadsheets and it can be used immediately.

Some of the new add-ons include:

• Avery Label Merge — This allows the user to import addresses or names from Sheets into Docs for printing. Once the user chooses the type of Avery labels he or she wishes to print, the document will be formatted to match the layout of his or her label pack.


• The EasyBib Bibliography Creator — This tool helps the user to cite books, journals, and websites in MLA, APA, and Chicago style by entering in titles, journal article names and websites right inside the document.


• Merge by Mailchimp — This add-on provides customized e-mails from Google Docs. Merge tags can be used to pull data from a spreadsheet into the document of choice. Once the data is merged, hit send and the personalized e-mails will be delivered.


Letter Feed Workflows — This tool routes documents to the right people. The recipient can ‘approve’ the document by clicking the button right inside the document or spreadsheet. The sender is notified as soon as it’s approved, and can then publish the final version with a single click.


UberConference — This tool enables users to create a conference call with all editors of a Google Doc.





Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.