Google updates Sheets, Slides and Docs for iOS with doc copying, accessibility improvements

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Thursday, Google issued updates to its trio of cloud-powered productivity apps in the App Store: Sheets, Slides and Docs. These apps let you create, edit and collaborate with others on spreadsheets, documents and presentations and now include the ability to make a copy of a document, a feature previously reserved for the web UI.

Moreover, a new accessibility settings menu appears within Slides and Sheets when VoiceOver is enabled in Settings.

In addition to these new features, Sheets, Slides and Docs also include bug fixes and performance improvements and now let you copy document sharing links to the device’s clipboard.

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Visually impaired people who use Google Docs on the web will be happy to learn that web-based apps now include a feature that helps blind users get started with the service using the NVDA screen reader for Windows.

In addition, the Internet giant recently implemented customization in terms of how headers and footers appear on the first pages of your documents.

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As seen above and below, having different headers and footers on the first pages of a document comes in handy in a number of circumstances, like following academic formatting guidelines, starting page numbering on the second page, making a title page without headers or footers and what not.

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A new checkbox appears after inserting a header or footer in a document. Tick it to set a different header and footer on the first page. To customize how and where page numbers start, use a new Insert > Page Number menu item.

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These updates are now live for the majority of users and will be rolling out to Google Apps for Education and Google Apps for Work customers in the coming weeks.

Lastly, Docs and Slides web apps as of recently include basic image editing features for cropping out your photos, making borders, applying color filters and more, as the animated GIF above illustrates.

Download Sheets, Slides and Docs free in the App Store.