Google has announced the Docs "universal @ menu" as a way for adding everything from tables, images, to formatting by typing "@".
This feature is an expansion of existing 'smart chips' integrations. Google earlier this year launched smart chips, a new @ tag tool for linking information from other Workspace apps to a Docs file. It's Google's bid to change the word-processing experience.
Smart chips started with a people focus, but expanded to include smart chips for files and events. It gave Docs users the ability to add information from other Workspace apps, including Gmail/Workspace email address, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Calendar. Typing "@" brings up a list of recommended people, files and meetings to be integrated into a document.
"We've added a universal insertion menu to easily add things like tables and images, in addition to smart chips, directly in Google Docs. Simply type "@", and you'll see a list of recommended files, people, meetings, as well as different content elements and formats to insert into your work. You can also search all available components," Google says in a Workspace updates blogpost.
Google's demo GIF shows how typing @ now brings up a list of categories that can be inserted into a document, including people, templates, files by name, and various list formats.
It is the latest addition to Google Workspace 'Smart Canvas' collaboration layer for Docs, which it rolled out in May.