If you've used Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides recently, you may have noticed a new look and feel to the interface. In September 2021, Google rolled out an updated UI for its productivity suite, with changes to navigation, features, and customization options. In this blog post, we'll provide a comprehensive overview of what's new in Google's UI for Drive, Docs, and more.
One of the most noticeable changes in the new UI is the updated navigation bar, which appears in Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. The new navigation bar is streamlined and modern, with icons for each type of file and folders grouped together. This makes it easier to find and access the files you need, especially if you have a lot of files in your Drive.
Another change to navigation is the addition of a search bar that appears at the top of the screen in all Google apps. This makes it easier to search for files without having to navigate to a specific folder first.
Google has added several new features to Drive, Docs, and other apps with the updated UI. One of the most useful new features is the ability to create and edit documents offline in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. This means that you can continue working on your files even if you're not connected to the internet.
Google has also introduced a new feature called Smart Canvas, which adds a variety of tools to Docs and other apps to help with productivity and collaboration. Smart Canvas includes features like templates for different types of documents, a task list tool, and the ability to add Google Meet calls directly to documents.
The new UI also includes a variety of customization options to help you personalize your experience. One of the most requested customization options is dark mode, which Google has now added to its apps. With dark mode, the background of the apps turns dark and the text turns light, which can be easier on the eyes in low-light conditions.
Google has also added the ability to change the density of the UI, which affects how much information is displayed on the screen at once. You can choose between comfortable, cozy, and compact, depending on your preferences.
As with any major UI update, Google has received a lot of feedback from users on the new UI. Some users have praised the updated navigation and new features, while others have criticized the changes or requested additional customization options.
Google has responded to user feedback by making some changes to the UI, such as adding the ability to turn off the "new features" prompts that appear when you open Docs or other apps. Google has also promised to continue listening to user feedback and making improvements to the UI over time.
Overall, the updated UI for Google Drive, Docs, and other apps brings a modern, streamlined look and feel to the productivity suite. The new navigation, features, and customization options are designed to help users be more productive and collaborate more easily. As with any major change, there have been some criticisms and concerns, but Google is actively listening to feedback and making improvements. If you haven't checked out the new UI yet, it's worth taking a look to see how it can improve your productivity and workflow.