A redesigned user interface for Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides designed to streamline collaboration across the Workspace tools is now rolling out.
According to Google, the refreshed user interface follows the release of Google Material Design 3, the latest version of Google’s open-source design system. The user interface is being simplified at the top of docs, sheets, and slides to help users find frequently used actions faster.
The update also includes user experience improvements in commenting background, rulers and gridlines.
While there are no changes in functionality, some features have been relocated to reduce clutter. Users can find the latest status info for the document, such as the last edit and version history, via the clock icon in the top right corner.
In Google Drive, improvements include key actions surfaced inline on files for quick access and better productivity, the ability to select multiple items at a time and undertake batch operations for frequent tasks, and new search chips to help users find files faster.
“These key visual and interactive design changes will help you get your best work done faster by emphasizing the tools within our products used most frequently,” the company says in a Workspace update blog.
The user interface improvements were first announced last month along with new experiences in smart canvas and other Google Workspace improvements.
Google began rolling out the changes to all Google Workspace customers and legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers this week. The rollouts are expected to continue through the month, with rapid release domain rollouts beginning this week and scheduled release domains beginning March 22.
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