Over the holiday break, many of us found ourselves giving thanks to Google for two new features that promise to save you time and give you more room to work: drag-and-drop upload and compact controls.
Drag and Drop Uploads
Google recently rolled out a nifty drag-and-drop feature specifically for image insertion. The functionality was taken a step further last week when it was extended to the file upload page, making moving documents to the cloud even easier for Google users:
Google Docs drag-and-drop uploads
This feature is immediately available to all those using Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.
Plenty of other applications currently offer drag-and-drop uploads, but this late-in-the-game addition complements the Internet giant's push to get everything off the desktop (a.k.a. out of Microsoft Office).
Other related moves include the announcement of Google Cloud Connect, a plugin which allows users to operate the Office interface with Google Docs features. Once installed, a new ribbon will appear toward the top of the Office UI, linking the document you’re currently working on (in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) to its twin in Google Docs:
Meanwhile, the new Google Docs compact controls feature can be found in the editor. Now save screen space by hiding the title bar above the editor by choosing View -> Compact controls, or by pressing Ctrl Shift F (Cmd Shift F on Macs):
Google Docs compact controls