Thursday, 29 May 2014

Add a shortcut to the Google Docs Template Gallery

The Google Docs Template Gallery has thousands of templates that can be used in Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms. You can use templates from the public gallery, or from the gallery specifically for your school or university’s domain.

However, accessing the gallery can be a bit of a pain. You first have to open a new Google Doc, Sheet, Slide or Form, and then use the File > New menu to open a template. It really is a couple of steps longer than it needs to be.

The good news is that you can streamline this process by adding a shortcut straight to the Create menu in Google Drive. This means in just two clicks you can be browsing for a template.

Follow the steps below to set up your shortcut:
1. Click the Create button in Google Drive.
2. Click Connect more apps.
3. Type template in the search box (top right) and press Enter.
4. Decide on either the ‘Drive Template Gallery’ or ‘Create from Template - Drive’ app.
Note: Both apps have the same functionality.
5. Click Connect to install the app.

Once the app is installed, simply click the Create button and the ‘From template’ shortcut to access the Template Gallery. The first time you use it, you will be required to grant access to allow the app to integrate with your Google Drive account.

Note: If your domain administrator has disabled Drive apps for your domain, you will be unable to use this tweak.

You can learn more about the Template Gallery in the Google Drive help centre.



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