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Google is always thinking of ways to improve your experience with its cloud-based office suite. And with every new iteration, the tools become more and more useful.
A case in point is Building Blocks. This is yet another new feature added to Docs, which gives you an assist on creating things like Meeting Notes, Email Drafts, Product Roadmaps, Review Trackers, Project Assets, and Content Trackers.
The Email Draft feature alone is worth using, as it not only allows you to take advantage of the usual Docs tools, but it also means you can compose your emails in a more comfortable environment. Instead of drafting your emails in the small compose window, you have the entire Docs window to use.
Let me show you how to make use of Google Docs Building Blocks.
How to use Google Docs Building Blocks
What you'll need: The only things you'll need for this feature are a valid Google account and a web browser. That's it. Let's use Building Blocks.
1. Open a new Google document
The first thing you want to do is log in to your Google account from your default browser. Google Docs Building Blocks works in most web browsers. The only exception is that Building Blocks doesn't seem to be available on the mobile version of Google Docs. Maybe Google will roll out the feature to the mobile version at some point. In the meantime, stick with your desktop browser.
Once you've opened Google Docs or Google Drive, create a new Google Document.
2. Choose your Building Block
At the top of the new document, you'll see three 'pills', which are Meeting motes, Email draft, and More. For our purposes, click Email draft.
3. Create your draft
After clicking Email draft, the Building Block will appear in the document. Compose the email exactly how you want.
4. Send your email
When you finish composing the email, click the blue Gmail 'M' at the top-right corner and a new popup will appear. If you're certain the email is ready, click Send and you're done.
5. Give the document a name
Here's another benefit of using Building Blocks. After sending the email, give the original document a name and it will be saved in the folder from which it was created. You can then use that document as a template for emails.