I just used Google Docs to write a blog post referencing my book, Educational Duct Tape, and while proofreading it I noticed I totally forgot to italicize the book title each time I referenced it. I could fix one of them and use the paint format tool to apply that fix to all of them . . . or I could fix one of them, copy it, and then paste it in place of the other ones or . . .
💡I could use the new multiple text selection option in Google Docs.
You can now highlight a set of text–or double click a single word–and then hold down control, or command on a Mac, while highlighting other text or double-clicking other words, and they’ll all be selected!
I can now use this to select multiple instances of the phrase Educational Duct Tape and make them all be italicized! You can also do this to delete multiple chunks of text at once or even copy them.
The copy option is weird, because it just copies those words and then you paste just those words. It’s interesting.
You can also use it with pasting. For example, if I want to add the book’s subtitle – An EdTech Integration Mindset – each time the title is referenced, I can copy the full title with the subtitle, select all instances of the title, and click paste, and it’ll paste it in each place! Pretty cool stuff.
This feature should be active in all Google accounts at this point.
[GIF Source: https://workspaceupdates.googleblog.com/2022/05/multiple-text-selections-in-google-docs.html]
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