Google Docs Finally Gets a Feature Word Has Had Since the 1990s
Google Docs is a fantastic service for word processing without downloading any software to your computer. You can access your documents from anywhere with a web browser. Whether you’re looking to read something over or make meaningful edits, Google Docs can handle just about anything you throw at it.
But it’s far from a perfect tool. Google Docs lacked an essential feature that Microsoft Word offered since the 1990s. As baffling as it might be, Google Docs users could not put text on top of an image. Until now.
Putting an Image Behind Text in Google Docs
It’s hard to believe, but Google Docs really couldn’t handle this fundamental task before a recent Google update. Images and text didn’t play nice in Google Docs, so you could not put a photo on top of text or text on top of an image.
Users have invested countless hours trying to find workarounds to get this basic feature up and running in Google’s word processor, but it seems that few found any real success.
Thankfully, those days are behind us. Google announced in a post on Workspace Updates that it brought the much-needed feature to its cloud-based document service.
Notably, Google isn’t just making it so that your images and text work together. The company is also making sure that the formatting remains when importing or exporting documents to other word processing programs. That means that spending time formatting your images and text won’t be a waste of time when someone opens your shared file in Microsoft Word.
Here’s what Google said about the update:
You can now position an image in front of or behind text in Google Docs. Additionally, this formatting will be preserved when importing or exporting documents from Microsoft Word.
It’s a simple change, but it does exactly what you expect it to do.
To use the new feature, you need to look within the image options sidebar and in the image toolbar when clicking directly on an image and then access the new options for positioning a picture in front of or below the text.
Google Docs Is Partying Like It’s 1999
It’s fun to laugh at the fact that this feature was missing from Google Docs, but it’s still exciting to see that Google isn’t too proud to admit that the critical feature was missing.
If this was something preventing you from switching to Google’s free document app, maybe it’s time to give Docs another chance.
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May 25, 2021 at 06:22AM