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Everything Teachers Need to Know about Explore for Google Docs and Sheets

November 3, 2016
Explore is a new interesting feature that Google introduced few weeks ago to empower Drive users with a wide variety of new functionalities. In today’s post we are sharing with you (especially those who haven’t seen them yet) a review of the main things you can do with Explore on both Google Docs and Google Sheets. Check them out below and as always share with us your feedback.

1- Explore for Google Docs
Here are some of the new features Explore brought to Google Sheets

1- Access suggested content
As you type in content in your document, Explore will display a panel with suggested content that can help you with the writing of your document. This content includes:

Topics:
This tab features a number of suggested topics related to the content of your document. To access any topic click on its title.


Images: 
The tab provides you with a set of images related to your content which you can add to your document. Added images come with a footnote at the bottom of the document.



Related research: 
In this section you will be able to view research directly related to the topic of your document.


2- Conduct quick searches within your document
Another excellent feature from Explore is the ability for document editors to quickly search their documents. They can type a search query in the search bar and choose whether they want to search their Drive or the entire web.



2- Explore for Google Sheets
Here are some of the new features Explore brought to Google Sheets.

1- Answers to questions
This is only available in English. When you type in data in your sheets, you can use Explore to access quick answers to questions about your data. For instance, in the spreadsheet you created are two columns one for the name of the students and the other for their scores. Examples of the questions you can ask Explore to answer include: what is the total of column B? Which student has the top/least score?. You can also click on suggested questions from Explore to see examples of answers.



Here is how to use this feature:

  • ‘Open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
  • In the bottom right, click Explore Explore.
  • Under "Answers," type your question in the box and press Enter.
  • To see example answers, click the suggested questions under the text box.’


2- Charts and analysis
Based on the data you typed in your spreadsheet, Explore provides you with charts and analysis showing trends and patterns in your data. You can also get insights for specific portion of your data by selecting only specific cells. When you hover over any part of the chart you will see the corresponding data on which it was based.



3- Insert charts into your spreadsheets
You can also easily add generated charts and formulae from Explore window right into your spreadsheet. You simply drag and drop  the chart or formula wherever you want in your spreadsheet. To edit a chart, hover your mouse over the chart and click on edit button.


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