U-M Google June Monthly Summary

July 22, 2022

The monthly U-M Google summaries inform the university community of new Google releases and previously communicated updates.


In Google Docs, you can now make multiple text selections and apply actions such as delete, copy, paste, or format to all selections at once. To make multiple text selections, triple-click the first text selection to highlight it, and then while holding down the Ctrl or Cmd key, triple-click on any other text selections. When done, you can then take action on all text selections at once.

Selecting multiple text snippets and formatting them all at once in Google Docs

Editors of new Google Sites can now add content as a full page from the following sources: custom code, other websites, and Google apps such as Maps and Docs. Previously, editors could only add these elements as part of a page. Learn more about embedding content in new Google Sites.

You can now use familiar keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + C (or Cmd + C on Mac), Ctrl + X, and Ctrl + V to cut, copy, and paste Google Drive files in your Chrome browser. Additional things to note:

  • A link to the file and its title will be captured when copying, so you can paste the file directly into a document or email.
  • Ctrl + C, Ctrl + Shift + V will create shortcuts to keep files in multiple locations organized without creating duplicate files.
  • Open files or folders in a new tab using Ctrl + Enter to view multiple files at once.

Multiple examples of using keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl + C to cut, copy, and paste files in Google Drive

In addition to seeing a file’s name, owner, modification date, and size, Google has added a column to include location information in the Search, Recent, Starred, and Trash Google Drive views on the web.

Google Drive search results with a file's location selected from the new location column

In Google Tasks, you can now mark important tasks with a star (similar to functionality that currently exists in Drive). Additionally, you’ll be able to view or sort your starred items across various task lists in the new starred view.

  • Set a custom duration for "Do Not Disturb" in Google Chat 

You can now set the duration of your "Do Not Disturb" status in Google Chat to a specific date and time. This feature is now available on the web, Android, and iOS devices. Learn more about changing your Google Chat status.

Google has refreshed the layout of email notifications sent by Google Calendar to make key event details more accessible. In addition, when you receive an email notifying you of a modification to an event, such as a time or location change, it will display both the old and updated information.

Google has updated the experience for removing participants from a meeting in Google Meet. Now, when a host or co-host removes a participant from a call, they will be prompted with additional actions. Specifically, they can opt to: 

  • Remove the user from the call
  • Fill out an additional abuse report 
  • Block the user from rejoining (Only use the “block” functionality when absolutely necessary)

Learn more about adding or removing people from a Google Meet video call.

Picture-in-picture mode and multi-pinning are now available in Google Meet in Chrome web browsers. You’ll be able to see up to four video tiles of meeting attendees in a floating window on top of other applications. Additionally, you can now pin multiple video feeds. Learn more about multi-tasking with picture-in-picture mode in Meet.

Entering Picture in Picture mode while using Google Meet in the Chrome web browser to navigate to different tabs while still paying attention to the meeting

You can now print personal and Google Chat spaces Task lists on the web. Learn more about printing your Google Tasks

In 2019, Google released the ability to edit Microsoft Office files in Docs, Sheets, and Slides and sync Docs, Sheets, and Slides for offline use. Google has now announced the ability to sync your opened Microsoft Office files offline via Google Drive on your desktop. (Note: This change only applies to files that have already been opened in Office editing mode.) Learn more about enabling offline access in Google Drive.

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