New Google Docs suggestions will try to fix your bad writing style





Google is also leveraging AI to help Google Docs users write more efficiently. Part of Google’s Workspace suite, the app provides helpful suggestions to improve writing style, ensure inclusivity, and avoid unnecessary words through a feature called assistive writing suggestions.

“These new features provide a variety of stylistic and writing suggestions as you compose documents,” Google said of the rollout of the assistive writing feature. “Suggestions appear as you type and help you when opportunities arise to avoid repetitive or unnecessary words, helping to diversify your writing and ensure you’re using the most effective word for the situation.”

The internet search giant said that as you write, you’ll see suggestions for alternative wording, the use of active voice, making sentence structures more concise, using more inclusive language and potentially inappropriate words. When Google sees possible changes that can be made to your document, the area is indicated by a purple squiggly line.

Google Docs will suggest better tone and style where it sees fit to enhance your writing.

“You’ll see suggestions when there are opportunities to structure a sentence with an active voice or when a sentence can be more concise, allowing you to make more impact,” explains Google in a detailed blog post. “Potentially discriminatory or inappropriate language will be highlighted, along with suggestions to make your writing more inclusive and appropriate for your audience.”

The latest features are an extension of existing tools designed to fix basic spelling and grammar errors.

Unfortunately, however, not all users can take advantage of Google’s latest tools designed to take your writing to the next level. Google stated that the tone and style tool will only be available to Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, and Education Plus subscribers of the company’s Workspace plans. This means that this particular feature is not available for Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Enterprise Essentials, Education Fundamentals, Frontline, and Nonprofits, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers.

Similarly, the word alert tool is only available to Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Standard, Education Plus, Teaching, and Learning Up subscribers. This feature is not available for Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Enterprise Essentials, Frontline, and Nonprofits, as well as for G Suite Basic and Business customers.

It’s a bit of a shame that Google’s latest tools — designed to help people write more inclusively — won’t be available to every Google Docs user. If you want access to tools that can help you with your writing style and tone, you can install third-party extensions that serve a similar purpose, such as Grammarly.

Google noted that the new tools have already been rolled out, although it could take a few weeks for users with compatible plans to show up.

The latest update to Google Docs follows Google’s recent announcement to bring better collaboration to its online suite through a more thoughtful integration with the Google Meet video conferencing platform.

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