Google Workspace Updates Weekly Recap – 11th August 23

4 New updates

Adding bulk conversion for place chips in Google Sheets

Earlier this year, Google introduced a smart canvas feature that enables you to open a location directly in Google Maps and see a preview of the location or find directions when a Google Maps place chip is added to your Sheet. Starting this week, users can now convert links to place chips in bulk from the insert menu or cell menu.

Easily set up dropdown chips in Google Sheets with a new pre-fill feature 

If you select a range of cells then insert a dropdown chip, manually entered cell data will convert to pre-fill the dropdown values. You can then use the dropdown sidebar to easily adjust the options or add styles to the dropdowns before accepting. | Learn more about creating a dropdown list with existing data

Reorganizing the file and folder menu in Google Drive

Earlier this year, Google introduced a refreshed interface for Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. Building upon this, when right-clicking a file or folder in Drive, you will now see a new menu format. While the menu functionality remains the same, we’ve reordered and renamed menu items, and also added new sub-menus. 

Updated timeline for upgrading to the in-line threaded experience in Google Chat 

Earlier this year, Google announced that existing spaces organized by conversation topic will be upgraded to the new in-line threaded experience by Q4 2023. Google would like to provide an update on that timing: 

The upgrade will start in September 2023 and is expected to be completed by the end of Q1 2024. 

Ahead of the upgrade, Google Workspace admins, partners, and resellers will receive an email with more information about what to expect before any changes are made to their experience. For more information, please refer to our previous announcement

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