Google Docs Adds Features Including Making Many Crawlable By Search Engines

Sep 21, 2009 • 7:54 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Googler, Marie in the Google Docs Help forum announced a major 'feature' coming to Google Docs that will make your documents more discoverable in Google's search engine. She explained that some Google Docs will soon be crawlable and found in the Google search results.

What are the criteria for these docs to be shown in the Google index? They have to be "explicitly published using the 'Publish as web page' or 'Publish/embed' option, and which are linked to from a publicly crawled webpage." Want to make sure your docs are not visible? Here is how:

  • Go to the 'Share tab'
  • For documents and spreadsheets, choose 'Publish as web page'. For presentations choose 'Publish/embed'
  • Click on the button that says 'Stop publishing'

That is not the only new thing coming to Google Docs. On Friday, Marie also announced "back to school" features including:

  • An equation editor, which you'll find under the 'Insert' menu.
  • The ability to print footnotes as endnotes so that you have the choice to see your citations in different ways when writing papers.
  • Expanded the capabilities of our dictionary with more definitions and the ability to translate individual words or phrases between 11 languages.

Forum discussion at several Google Docs Help Forums, WebmasterWorld and DigitalPoint Forums.

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