Google adds real-time spell check, better accessibility features to Docs, Sheets and Slides

Derek Walter
23 January, 2015
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Google docs, macworld australiaGoogle is boosting the mobile versions of its Docs, Sheets and Slides apps on Android and iOS with some extra features.

Google spelled out the changes in a blog post, noting that with Docs you now get the familiar red line underneath incorrectly spelled words as you type. This should help you check for accuracy while banging away on that touch-screen keyboard.

In Sheets you can now hide rows and columns, which could be useful for making the most of the precious screen real estate on a mobile device. With Slides, you’re now able to group different objects together by dragging them around the screen.

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Move around images in the mobile versions of Google Drive apps.


The iOS versions now support Touch ID, so you can log in to Docs, Sheets or Slides with the fingerprint scanner.

Google is also supporting its own TalkBack on Android or Apple’s VoiceOver, accessibility services which will read the contents of the screen.

Why this matters: Google is in a race with Microsoft to rule productivity in the office and classroom. Google Apps are also a key part of the company’s push into education, where the company has found particular success with Chromebooks. And with kids and their parents all sporting phones and tablets, it needs to keep those new features coming to make Google’s apps the more appealing choice over Microsoft Office.

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