Find Facts Using the New Research Pane Inside Google Docs

The new research pane feature brings the web's wealth of information to you as you're writing documents in the Google Docs. The new research pane can be accessed from the Tools menu by right clicking on a selected word that you want to learn more about, or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+R on Windows or Cmd+Alt+R on […]

The new research pane feature brings the web's wealth of information to you as you're writing documents in the Google Docs.

The new research pane can be accessed from the Tools menu by right clicking on a selected word that you want to learn more about, or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+R on Windows or Cmd+Alt+R on Mac. You can also select one or more words from the document, right click and select "Research" from the menu.

"The research pane taps into Google Search directly from Google documents, so whether you want to add a cool destination to your itinerary for an upcoming trip or you're looking for the perfect presidential quote for a political science paper, you don't even have to open a new tab," posted Sarveshwar Duddu, Software Engineer.

Research Pane in Google Docs

The sidebar includes the top Google search results, image search results, facts, maps, reviews and famous quotes. From the research pane, you can search for whatever info you need to help you write your document. With just a couple clicks you can look up maps, quotes, images, and much more. When you mouse over a Web search results, you can preview it, insert a link or cite it. For example, you can select "Google" from a document, press Ctrl+Alt+R, mouse over the top result and click "insert link" to add a link to Google's homepage.

Google Docs Research Pane getting started menuGoogle Docs Research Pane: Search Results

"If you find something you like, you can add it by clicking the insert button or, for images, by dragging them directly into your document. If appropriate we'll automatically add a footnote citation so there's a record of where you found the info," Duddu adds.

Click the icon from the search box to restrict the results to images and quotes. Google also has a specialized search engine for quotes and you can also add them to your document.

Google Docs Research Pane: Restrict results

Search for a famous person, a place, a concept or any other entity and Google will display a list of attributes above the search results.

Google Docs Research Pane: Search famous people

Also, the following features are now available to domains Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education - following the Scheduled Release track:

  • Sites: Keyboard shortcuts in Sites editor
  • Docs: Migration of documents to the newer documents editor
  • Drive: The rollout of the "opt-in" phase of Google Drive to scheduled track domains. The "opt-in" phase consists of the following:
    • Users can visit drive.google.com where they can opt-in to Drive.
    • As part of opting in, they will be shown an interstitial which includes this video.
    • If an opted in user visits docs.google.com, the user will be redirected to drive.google.com.
    • The "Documents" navigation item will change to "Drive."

And, the following features are intended for release to these domains on May 22nd:

  • Docs: Comments and discussions available to Government domains.
  • Gmail: Graduation of three labs: Message translation, Smart Mute and Title Tweaks.