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Google Docs Improves Mobile Functionality

Google Docs and Sheets on-the-go is a much-needed alternative for lugging a laptop around.  As its usage surges, so do its functionalities.

Sure, there’s voice typing, tagging, and right-click-to-research, but these tools are merely a foundation.  As Google ramps up their app capabilities, they inch closer to fully functional mobile Doc and Sheet editing.

Late this January, Google unveiled new features to the Google Docs and Sheets apps.

Header & Footer Editing

For page numbers or extra notations, header and footer editing are essential, albeit not a launch feature for either app.  It’s easily accessible but does require a specific option to be activated.

After creating a new document, click the bottom right icon for edit mode.  Then simply hit the top right overflow menu and select “Print Layout”.

Google Sheets and Docs Update - Print Layout Mode

Double click your header, and voila!  The header/footer area will materialize for your customization.

Note: Print Layout resets each time you exit the app.

Google Sheets and Docs Update - Edit Headers and Footers

Unlike other text editing software, headers/footers show no divisible as you initially enter Print Layout mode.  You’ll need to double-click the whitespace at the very top/bottom of the page to toggle either area.

For even quicker editing, Google added a page number insertion function, as shown above in the bottom right.  Custom text can be formatted using all available elements for regular page text: justification, decoration, style, color, and size.

Image Manipulation

You’ll no longer need to stick with static images.  You can now resize, rotate, and border your pictures with custom line details.

Make sure you’re still in Print Layout mode and tap your picture:

Google Sheets and Docs Update - Image Resizing

Selecting the overflow menu will pop up with the newly implemented “Image options” tab for borders and text wrapping:

Google Sheets and Docs Update - Image Design

Drag and drop text also replaced the extra copy and paste step.  It can be testy on a miniature phone screen, however, and difficult to maneuver.  With a couple of practice runs, it’ll become far more intuitive.

For iOS users, page size, color, and orientation may be changed.

Eventually, Google Docs and Sheets will migrate to 100% mobile functionality, one update at a time.

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