CTS's Christmas Tip of the Week - Explore Button

Explore docs, sheets and more with one click

Bring a bit of machine learning merriment to your work

This is one of those WOW features that has been around for a long time but is very much underused. It will save you heaps of time and will make you look like a data wizard with data visualisations that will blow your audience away, all with just a few clicks of a button. This is a feature you will want to share with friends, family and colleagues!

 

The Explore tool uses machine learning to try and predict the things you need as you compose and create. The more information available, the smarter it gets. The tool is available in Docs, Slides, Sheets, even Google Maps, and you can access it in two ways:

 

  1. Go to Tools > Explore
  2. Explore icon in the bottom right of your page

 

Explore also works in Docs, Sheets, and Google Maps on mobile devices with easy access using the star icon at the bottom of your file or the Explore button on Google Maps. On Google Maps, the Explore tool allows you to see areas of interest, the best local restaurants, things to do in your area, and it links to Google reviews meaning you can also filter to best rated.

 

The Explore features vary across the different applications but we will cover a couple of examples of how you might use it in Docs and Sheets.

 

For Google Docs, its insightful suggestions include tips for formatting, links to other documents, and the search bar within the Explore tool allows you to search the web for information or images without leaving the page. 

Explore in Docs

 

In Google Sheets, depending on the data in the sheet, you can use the Explore
tool to:

  • See which data a chart is based on
  • Ask questions about your data
  • Add a chart or graph
  • Add a pivot table

The video below gives a great demonstration of how you can make the most of
this feature.

Explore in Sheets

 

So if you have little knowledge or confidence in using charts or you just want to save yourself some time then go give this feature a try, you won’t regret it!

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