Google Slides Update Integrates Keep, Apps Script and More New Features

Capture ideas in Keep, bring them to life in Slides, customize Slides, automate workflows with Apps Script, use linked and sync Slides, more.

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A collection of exciting new features in Google Slides, including new G Suite integrations, partner applications and customization options begin rolling out to all customers globally on the web today.

Among, these update is also a support for Google Apps Script, that enable you to use Apps Script for Slides to programmatically create and modify Slides, plus customize menus, dialog boxes and sidebars in the user interface.

To learn more about how you can automate your workflows using Apps Script, watch this video below:

Here is a look at the latest updates:

Capture ideas in Keep, bring them to Slides using a new drag-and-drop integration between Google Keep and Slides. Simply select notes from Keep, or sort with #labels and drag them into Slides, and the Slides will automatically add a title and description into the presentation.

See this GIF animation, showing Keep and Slides integration:

Google Keep integrates with Slides

Now, instead of manually copying slides between presentations, you can link and sync slides from multiple presentations with just a click. So, you can can maintain a single source and easily update linked slides to match the source.

In this animatted GIF, you can see new link and sync feature:

Link and sync Slides

Google also added seven new add-ons to Slides, designed by companies like Adobe and Shutterstock—right in Slides. These new integrations help build rich presentations, like, you can add full-bleed images, use advanced image editing tools or include diagrams from outside of G Suite program.

  • Adobe Stock add-on let teams use Visual Search to find relevant stock images with an uploaded image versus a text search, and add images from its gallery without leaving Slides.
  • Shutterstock Editor let teams browse its entire royalty-free images library, and sign into Shutterstock to license content, directly in Slides. Select an image, then apply customization options like filters, text, logos and more.

For more additional add-ons, just tap "Add-ons" in the Slides menu bar to get started adding even more powerful capabilities available from Balsamiq, Lucidchart, Pear Deck, Noun Project and Unsplash.

With this update, you can even Insert Diagrams, or ready-to-use visualizations, or select Grid view to view all slides at once as thumbnails.

Finally, you can also tailor presentations to different audiences with 'Skip slide' feature. Just choose to skip select slides without fully deleting then when you present from your phone or laptop.

The latest Jamboard update release enable to present jams to a meeting directly from a phone, as well as you can now easly create and share on the go. The update also enhanced the experience to join a live jam session on a nearby board, and improved the overall mobile UI.

To present a jam from a phone, simply tap the overflow menu in upper right corner when viewing jams, and then select "Present to meeting." Then, enter meeting ID, tap "Join," and then "Present." While presenting, tap laser pointer icon in the header and using finger highlight the key areas of jam. Swipe left or right to present different jams to the meeting.

Create custom headers and footers in Google Sheets

  • To create professional-looking spreadsheets, it's often critical that you can append them with certain information—for instance, your company's name, a confidentiality notice, and any other important details.
  • Also, going forward, Google is allowing users to create custom headers and footers in Google Sheets documents with text of your choosing.

    In addition, it's also possible to select from pre-defined options, such as (for date, time, etc.) and move those options around within the header and footer. Simply choose "EDIT CUSTOM FIELDS" from the Print settings menu to get started.

    Additionally, this launch also introduces saved print settings — just modify the settings once, and they'll be retained the next time you—or a collaborator—opens that same spreadsheet.

    Create custom header and footer in Sheets

    Though it's not an official G Suite service, Data Studio available globally as free makes it easy of data visualization and analysis.

    With multiple data connectors in Google Data Studio, including CloudSQL, BigQuery, Google Sheets, and many other Google services, you can easily create dashboards from many different types of data and share them with everyone in your organization.

    And you can even mix and match data sources within a single report.

    Data Studio also offers integration with a wide variety of non-Google data sources, including a connector to SQL databases that will let you access first-party data.

    Since, its uses same infrastructure as Google Docs, you can easily edit reports together, in real time.

    A new set of tools for better assisting admins with managing former employees' calendar events, so you can streamline your company's employee exit workflows is launched as well. This service is available to Super Admins and to admins who have Data Transfer privilege.

    When you delete a user, you can choose to transfer their future events to a new owner and optionally, release resources that these events occupy. To change ownership of an employee's events via user deletion flow, navigate to Apps -> G Suite -> Calendar -> Manage User Data, or via the Data Transfer API.

    Google Calendar User Deletion

    If you choose not to transfer events upon user deletion, it's recommended that you opt in to have Calendar automatically cancel future events for all deleted employees, 21 days after the deletion. This will ensure that no unmanaged future events remain in the calendars of guests and resources.

    To opt in for automatic cancellation, navigate to Apps -> G Suite -> Calendar -> Manage User Data.

    At any other time (e.g. after a user's suspension), you can manually initiate event transfer, event cancellation or resource release of future events, by navigating to Apps -> G Suite -> Calendar -> Manage User Data.

    Google Calendar User Data Management