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This Google Docs Update Could Help You Track Down That New Restaurant or Job Interview

Tracking down a location could soon be as easy as checking Google Docs, thanks to a new update to the service.

The word processor now allows users to place a Google Maps “chip” (opens in a new tab) directly in their document thanks to the increasingly useful @ menu.

Going forward, Google Docs users will simply need to enter an @ symbol, then the location or address they want to include, in order to add a Google Maps aerial map view to their document.

Google Maps chips

Clicking on the location chip will then take the user directly to Google Maps, opening the app and allowing destination information to be displayed in the side panel of Google Maps. Users can also find directions to the location, as well as other information such as opening hours and peak times.

To insert a bullet in a document of their own, users can go to Insert > smart chips > Place in Google Docs.

The feature is rolling out and is open to all Google Docs and Workspace users.

The news follows a 2021 Google update that allowed users to insert a Google Maps location chip into a Google document by pasting a Maps link directly into the document.

Google Docs Maps chip

(Image credit: Google Workspace)

The update is the latest addition to Google Docs as the company seeks to make the service a better collaborative experience for users around the world.

Users of the desktop software will soon be able to add drop-down bullets and table templates to their documents, which Google says will make it easier for users to collaborate on projects. Drop-down bullets will allow Google Docs users to indicate the status of their document or add project milestones to it.

The desktop software makes it easy to add emojis to your work by allowing users to search and insert the symbols directly inline with your text.

Users will now simply need to type “@” followed by the term, emotion, subject or whatever else they need to bring up a pop-up menu of emojis. Additionally, users can also type “@:” or “:” to see a drop-down list of emojis and the ability to browse the entire emoji catalog.