by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 2, 2014)
I don't know about you, but there have been lots of times as I've been typing along that I need to do a bit more research about whatever it is I'm typing. Researching information is easy on Google, and Docs provides a great tie-in to the search engine within the Docs interface.
The normal way I search for information is probably the same way you do—I open a new browser tab and use the Google toolbar to enter the term or keyword I need to research. If I get ambitious and don't want to suffer the humiliation of mistyping something, I'll often even copy the term from the document and paste it into the toolbar.
There's a faster way, though. The next time you need to do your research, follow these steps:
At this point, Docs displays the Research pane at the right side of the screen. Within it you'll find Google's top search results for whatever term or keyword you selected in step 1.
Move your mouse pointer over any of the results in the Research pane and you'll note something interesting. Below each result there are three buttons that appear:
Pretty slick, huh? Using the Research pane to show search results is much faster than my traditional approach of manually opening a browser tab and searching.
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