7 Google Tricks to Learn During Spring Break

7 Google Tricks to Try During Spring Break!

Who’s ready for Spring Break? I know I am! Spring Break is a great time to relax, vacation, spend time with loved ones and recharge. It is also a great time to sharpen your saw! So I have put together this quick list of Google tricks for you to try during your break. There have been some great updates to Google Apps over the last few months, and spring break is the perfect time to play and learn some new Google tricks! I kept this list short, so it doesn’t require much of your precious vacay. Below are seven new features from Google for you to test drive during your break.

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The New Google Forms

Google has officially made the new Forms the default version, and they have added a lot of the features that we have been waiting for, including Add-Ons. The new Google Forms has a purple icon instead of green. You still have the option to run back to the old version. For all the details from Google, click here. Here are some new features to check out in the new Google Forms:

1. Google Forms Templates

Go to forms.google.com and see all of the helpful templates that are there and ready to use. Be sure to click on “More,” near the top right to see ALL of the templates.
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2. Google Forms Notifications

Get Notified for every form response. The Default is set to off, but you can enable it from the Forms settings menu (3 dots on the Responses tab).

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3. View Individual Responses in the Google Forms Editor

You will now be able to view each individual response in the same format of the form. THIS IS GREAT FOR TEACHERS! A lot of teachers have been asking for this feature and using Add-Ons in Sheets to create their own. Now you can scroll through all of your students responses, page by page!

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4. Track Google Forms Responses

You will also be able to see a list of who you have sent your form to, and how many haven’t responded yet.

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5. Google Forms Add-Ons

If you are not familiar with Add-Ons, Add-Ons give you some additional functionality inside Google Forms. For instance, try the Form Limiter Add-On to shut off a Google Form after a certain number of responses, at a specific time, or when your spreadsheet contains a certain value. To see and install Add-Ons, go to the three dots in the top-right (3 dots is always a menu or more actions), and select Add-Ons. From here, you can view the gallery of Add-ons. The puzzle piece at the top of the page allows you to choose and run the add-ons that you have already installed.


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Google Docs Updates

There have also been some fun updates to Google Docs as well. Try out the two new features below.

6. New Templates in Google Docs

Google recently added, even more, templates to the Google Docs gallery of templates. These are fantastic! AND they were created by some pretty big names and businesses. To see the new templates, go to docs.google.com, and select “more” near the top-right. There are great templates for teachers and students like lesson plan templates, essay and book reports, and even some nice newsletter templates.

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7. Voice Typing in Google Docs

Voice typing in Google Docs debuted several months ago, but they have added additional functionality to it. Now, you can issue formatting commands! Voice typing is a great way to help new and emerging writers, struggling writers, and language learners. But it also great for everyone else! Most of us can talk a lot faster than we can type, so we can dictate just about anything we like in Docs. I will definitely be using this myself to save time!


I hope these new features and tips will help you take your Google skills up a notch over spring break. Remember, always to keep learning! Enjoy!

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