Extending Docs

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 13, 2014)

Google Docs provides tools that allow you to easily perform basic word processing tasks. For instance, you can set margins, format paragraphs and characters, add graphics and tables, and print documents (among other basic tasks). There are many, many other things that Docs could do, however, but for which there are no built-in tools.

This is where add-ons come into play. Docs allows you to extend what the program will do through the use of add-ons. If you take a look at the Docs menu, you'll notice an Add-Ons option, near the right end of the menu. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Add-Ons menu option.

Click Add-Ons and then choose the Get Add-Ons option and you'll see a dialog box showing an assortment of add-ons you can use to add features to the program. (Don't be surprised if the contents of the Add-Ons dialog box changes over time; the display of actual add-ons seems rather fluid. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. The Add-Ons dialog box.

Hover your mouse pointer over any of the add-ons and you can see a short description of the add-on. (Hovering also shows a download link and an indicator if there is a cost associated with the add-on.)

How an add-on affects your use of Docs depends, of course, on how the add-on was written and what it does. It is not unusual for add-ons to modify the menus or add menu options, though they may also add tools to the toolbar. The only way to be sure of what an add-on does is to try it out!

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Using Excel for Timing

Excel allows you to store times in a worksheet. If you want to use Excel to time certain events, there are a couple of ...

Discover More

Reversing All the Paragraphs in a Document

Documents consist of a series of paragraphs, arranged in the order in which you need them. What if you need to reverse ...

Discover More

Automatically Determining a Due Date

When you are doing a mail merge in Word, you may need to calculate a date sometime in the future. Word doesn't include an ...

Discover More
More DriveTips

Adding a Table of Contents

A table of contents is a great organizational tool, especially for longer documents. When you decide you want to add a ...

Discover More

Renaming a Document

Need to change the name of an existing document? There are two ways you can do it, using either Docs or Drive.

Discover More

Researching Using Google's Resources

Got a need to search the web for more information on something you are writing about? It should be no surprise that Docs, ...

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is nine more than 0?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)