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How to Offer Real Time Feedback Using Google Docs

Google Docs is the go-to tool for quick and easy collaborative work. Writing, editing, and revising is an easy task on the platform for those looking for a straight-forward tool for coordinated projects. Feedback is crucial when working and collaborating with others, having a tool to help facilitate that communication is important for all companies. 

Google Docs is an application that helps users organize notes, write documents, and create edits. The popular app can be accessed through Google Drive and is a helpful tool due to its wide accessibility among users. The productivity application allows a number of users on each document and can be shared among large groups of people. 

Google Docs also allows individuals to access and edit a document at the same time prior to it being finished or published. Using Google Docs to collaborate is a more efficient approach than traditional ways of communicating word documents through email.

How to Edit in Google Docs: Collaborative Feedback Tools

Sharing Documents

Before you can even begin leaving edits on a document, it’s important to note the sharing tools needed to allow individuals to access documents. Google Docs allows users to share their documents with as many people as they want, and best of all, not all of the recipient’s needs to have a Gmail account to access and edit documents. The application also gives document owners a ‘shareable link’ to send to co-workers and team members.

How to Share Files in Google Docs

Text Strikethrough

When editing a document, a popular tool to use is a text ‘strikethrough’ or what is essentially crossing out a word or a number of words and sentences. This tool is helpful when editing the sequence of sentences in a larger document or suggesting changes and revisions to one’s writing. Strikethrough in Google Docs is a great collaborative tool to use when editing.

Keyboard Shortcut: ⌘ + Shift + x

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Textbox Commentary

Textboxes are the most popular editing tool used in Google Docs. Textboxes are easy to add and can help add commentary to the written document. Adding notes about suggestions, revisions, and examples can be helpful when providing feedback. Adding textboxes can help facilitate clear expectations and opinions when editing. 

When adding text boxes, users also have the ability to add comments underneath the textboxes and can therefore have smaller conversations about individual edits and suggestions. Adding commentary using the app’s textboxes is an efficient tool to receive and give immediate feedback. 

Keyboard Shortcut: ⌘ + Option + m

How to Insert Textboxes or ‘Commentary’ in Google Docs

Revision History

Another helpful tool offered is a detailed history of each document. All edits and comments are noted in the revision history along with all changes to the document. Because Google Docs repeatedly auto-saves all versions of a document, users and editors can compare and contrast past versions of writing. Seeing different version histories can allow writers to revert their document to past versions if needed. 

Collaborate Using Google Docs

Google Docs can be used for a number of different tasks and projects. Almost all projects on the application can also be collaborative due to the number of multi-tasking tools offered by the app. Whether you’re checking your document’s page count, edit history, or word count, team members and co-workers alike can use the app to plan, edit, and write a variety of documents needed in any work environment.

Google Docs’ feedback and collaborative features should be a part of any writers and company’s toolbox. Editing and feedback is an important aspect of any writing process and having the instruments to do so efficiently and productively makes the process even easier. 

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