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August 30, 2007

New Context Menus in Google Docs

Google Docs added context menus to the document manager. Now you can right-click on a file or anywhere else inside the application and choose one of the appropriate actions. The new menu has an artificial look and is extremely long if you right-click on a document. Maybe Google Docs will add other views that allow easier selection of multiple documents.

Menu #1: right-click anywhere inside the application. The menu duplicates the existing toolbar.


Menu #2: a special case is the menu for folders, which erroneously includes the option "Add to folder".


Menu #3: right-click on a file. The menu shows all the actions corresponding to the type of file you selected. The only options left out are: new file/folder and upload.


If you use Firefox and see the standard context menu, go to Tools/Options, select the Content tab, click on the Advanced button next to the JavaScript option and check "(Allow scripts to) disable or replace context menus".

Among the new features that should be included in the next versions are: table of contents, integration of Webster Dictionary and Encyclopedia Britannica, the option to search the web for selected text and exporting documents as MP3 using text-to-speech technology.

11 comments:

  1. I need Offline functionality (like in Google Reader) into Google Docs, GMail and Google Calendar. Thanks ahead!

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  2. I don't know if you have already noticed but this feature is also available on any map from Google Map.

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  3. Very nice.

    Maybe I don't use Google Docs enough, but I find the organisation of main menu items rather counter-intuitive. These new menus will help.

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  4. What web standard defines context menus in web pages? Even M$ doesn't use such crap.

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  5. oncontextmenu is not part of any web standard, but many browsers support it. Here's an example of how to build custom context menus.

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  6. Microsoft uses these menus as well, for example in Hotmail.

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  7. the post mentioned some things that should be coming in newer versions. I think that before they do any of those things, they need to focus on 'Presently' and, as aulo said, integrate with Google Gears.

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  8. I mentioned some features referenced in the source code. Some of them are already implemented, but not yet released.

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  9. however, the new UI still sucks.

    it has nothing to do with usual Google's look&feel (Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Reader, etc), but looks like some kind of Microsoft production.

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  10. Add Folder to Folder?
    I REALLY HOPE GOOGLE get this working sooner than later - why NOT have folders in folders - it's a pretty - err ... common concept

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  11. Maybe because those folders are actually labels.

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