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You can now join a video call directly from Google Docs

Joining a Meet video call is now easier than ever thanks to a new feature that will allow users to join directly from Google Docs, Sheets or Slides.

Google Workspace’s update lets users join a video conference call with just one click, meaning there’s no need to search for a calendar invite or email.

Going forward, Google Docs users will see a new icon next to the “Share” button, allowing them to join a Meet video call directly from their document.

Google Docs video calls

The new taskbar will contain a full list of all video calls and meetings a user has scheduled, including dates and times, with the join button displayed once a meeting is live.

As mentioned, it will be present not only in Google Docs, but also in Sheets and Slides, giving users multiple ways to join.

Google Docs joins a Meet call

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Google says this new approach will also allow users to have the content they’re working on open and within sight during a call, rather than having to juggle multiple apps or browser windows.

The tool was first announced last month, but is now rolling out to all Google Workspace customers, as well as former G Suite Basic and Business users. It will be enabled by default, with users starting to see changes immediately.

“To help teams perform at their best in the world of hybrid working, as many of us embark on a return to the office, we’re continuing to make improvements to Google Meet to ensure video meetings are inclusive and collaborative. , regardless of location or device preference, “entering Google Workspace update the blog states.

“We hope this feature will make it easier for everyone in the meeting to collaborate in real time while having a conversation, all from the same tab.”

Google Meet is also expected to get a new picture-in-picture mode soon, which will allow Chrome users to display a floating meeting window that sits on top of other browser tabs.