Emoji reactions are coming to Google Docs


Google Docs supports emoji reactions, allowing you to respond to text with a simple symbol rather than a fully written comment. In an announcement post, the company says the feature supports all emoji available in the latest version, which includes gender-neutral options and more silly symbols like the melting face and biting lip.

A gif posted by Google shows how the emoji reaction feature will appear as a third option alongside “Add comment” and “Suggest edits” when you highlight text. You can also type to search the emoji catalog. Google says these answers provide “a less formal alternative to comments.”

Emoji reactions in action.
Image: Google

Emoji reactions have become a staple of modern software and are available in many messaging apps (iMessage, Facebook Messenger) and social networks (Facebook and Twitter in limited testing). Emoji reactions are coming to Google Docs as the service undergoes a major overhaul and transitions from a word processor to a remote work collaboration tool.

Other new Google Docs features announced recently include markdown support, a new pageless layout, and the ability to seamlessly write emails from a document.

Google says emoji reactions will be on by default and can’t be turned off. They’re currently rolling out to fast-release domains, but will be available to most Google Docs users after April 20. They will be available to “Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, and Enterprise Plus” subscribers, but not more basic tiers like Enterprise Essentials.


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