Google is rolling out an update to Google Docs that brings a bunch of platform improvements when you import PDF documents. Improvements focus on importing images, text styles and formatting, and layout conversion.
According to Google, the Google Docs update improves the wrapping of images and text when you import PDF files. Thus, you can transparently modify the content of the text associated with the image.
In addition, the update preserves various characteristics of the original file, including underline, strikethrough, background color, and fonts. The main advantage of keeping the formatting is that you no longer have to manually make the edits to bring the imported file closer to the source PDF file.
Google Docs also got support for multi-column layouts, custom page sizes, tables with borders, and improved content ordering. You’ll notice them the next time you import PDFs into Google Docs. All of these formatting options should come in handy for users who regularly import PDFs.
To convert PDF files and photos to text, go to drive.google.com on your computer and:
- Right-click on the file you want to convert
- Click on the option “Open with Google Docs”
- The image file will be converted to a Google Doc file
The changes are currently being implemented for Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard and Enterprise Plus customers, as well as for G Suite Basic, Business, Education, Enterprise for Education customers. and Nonprofits. Deployment began on November 30 and feature visibility could take up to three days.
Unfortunately, Google does not mention the availability of these enhancements for personal Google Accounts. However, the software giant can be expected to push this handy addition for users with personal Google accounts in the future.