Google Workspace power tips: Tap into cross-app productivity | Laptop News

Google Workspace is an expansive suite of business and productivity apps. Its core apps — Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Gmail, and Meet — are worth mastering individually. They also have features that integrate with other Workspace apps. Knowing how these apps can work together can save time and broaden how you and your co-workers use Workspace.

In this article we’ll guide you through a series of useful Workspace cross-app features, from turning a Gmail message into a task in Google Tasks to collaborating on a Docs document in Google Spaces. This list isn’t comprehensive; we’ve focused on features that we find the most helpful, especially for collaboration.

We’ve written these tips primarily for people with paid Google Workspace accounts using the apps in a web browser, but most work similarly in the mobile apps and for users with free Google accounts.

1. Tap into Google Contacts for fast document sharing

The first thing you should do is go through your contacts and update any information about your co-workers and other collaborators. Many collaborative features of Workspace apps integrate with your contacts.

For example, if you want to share a document in your Google Drive with someone, you can do so more easily if they are already in your contacts. In the Drive sharing interface, you just start typing their name, and the rest of it will automatically be filled out by Drive for you to insert. The same is true when you share a document from within another Workspace app like Docs, Sheets, or Slides.

2. Start an email, event, chat, or video call from Contacts

If a person in your contacts is in your Workspace organization or has a Google user account (through Gmail), their contact page will show icons that you can click or tap to…

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