July 5, 2022

What you need to know

  • Google Docs is rolling out with a new feature to make editing easier.
  • Users can now select multiple sections of text and apply the same formatting to each selection.
  • The feature is available to all Workspace and Legacy G Suite customers.

Google Docs continues to be one of the best productivity apps on the web and definitely allows us to get our work done with ease. However, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect, and Google is constantly looking for ways to improve it. This latest feature adds a helpful new text selection feature that should make editing a bit faster.

Google announced on its Workspace blog that Docs users are now able to make multiple text selections within a document. The most useful part of the announcement is that this will enable users to delete, copy, paste, and format each selection simultaneously.

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The method to select multiple items in Google Docs is different depending on the operating system you’re using. For the best laptops running Windows or Chrome OS, select the first section of text and use Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Left/right arrow to make the next selection. For MacOS users the combination is Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift + Left/right arrow. From there, you can make your edit or format the selected text.