What's New with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides?

December 13, 2018

New interface for Activity dashboard in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Better table management with the new vertical ruler

New controls over header and footer layout

 

New interface for Activity dashboard in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

The options and settings available won’t change, but the new interface makes it easier to find data and collaborate more effectively.

Google will start the Rollout on 11/27/18 and you can expect to see it sometime after that date.  

“View time” in the new Activity dashboard interface

 

“Viewer trend” in the new Activity dashboard interface

A comparison of the old and new Activity dashboard interfaces

Activity Dashboard, new V old

 

Better table management with the new vertical ruler

When you’re using a table, you’ll see your table structure highlighted in a vertical ruler on the left side of the screen. The vertical ruler matches the horizontal ruler.
You can use the ruler to change the height of rows in the table. When you do so, you’ll see a guide telling you the specific height of the row so you can quickly format it to the specific size you want. You can also use it to control the vertical margins in headers and footers (see more details below).

 

New controls over header and footer layout

Google added new controls which let you specify the size of the margins in your header and footer. You can control the margins using the vertical ruler feature highlighted above or by using the interface pictured below. By controlling this spacing, you can make sure your document is formatted just as you want it.