Google Docs Gets A Refresh With Gmail-Like Features

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Google Docs announced a refresh to its sorting system today that takes a few popular design elements from Gmail to make it easier to find and view your documents.The first feature, Priority Sorting, is similar to Gmail’s Priority Inbox in that it filters documents you are likely to need and places them at the top of your search.

There are also new filters to help find documents by file type, visibility (public, private, etc.), and name.

Folders are gone too. Instead, they have been replaced by a Collections column that acts more like labels in Gmail than traditional folders.You can tag documents under multiple collections (just like Gmail) and you can share them with people you collaborate with.

A new column on the right of the screen provides a preview of highlighted documents and files. You can also view stats on each document such as collaborators and the last date it was modified. Photos can be viewed individually or in a sleek new slideshow view, reminiscent of Picasa’s Web Albums.

The refresh is rolling out to Google Docs users starting today and should appear for everyone within the next few days.

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