Google Docs | Placeholder (Smart) Chips

09 Apr, 2024
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Most users of Google Docs are already familiar with the smart chip functionality where it is possible to use the @-sign to edit function fields such as: add date, people, files, places, polls, etc.
These fields then immediately contain concrete data, like the date, the name of a person or the link to a file.

With Google’s new addition, it becomes possible to add a replaceable chip in a document. This can be very useful when other people are editing the document, and they need to add the actual content of the smart chip.

The available replaceable smart chips are date, person, file, calendar appointment and place. As soon as someone hovers or clicks on a chip, a search menu opens that includes results filtered to the chip type.

Google Docs Placeholder smart chips


NB: Placeholder chips are only editable on the web, but can be viewed on web and mobile.

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Ernst-Jan van Gils
From his role as a change consultant, Ernst-Jan likes to help individuals and teams with the cloud-first workplace. Human change in IT projects is often underestimated. It is not the organization that changes, but the people in the organization that change. It is therefore important to optimally support the people in the organization in change processes.

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