In its ongoing commitment to refining the user experience, Google Workspace is taking presentations to the next level. Since its inception in 2006, Google has continually evolved its suite of productivity applications, including Docs, Sheets, and now Slides. The latest enhancement introduces a dynamic pen tool, designed to empower presenters with a more interactive and engaging approach.
With the new pen and eraser features, presenters can now emphasize key points effortlessly, fostering clearer communication. Four distinct pen colors – blue, red, green, and black – enable seamless customization. Paired with the existing laser pointer tool, this addition ensures crystal-clear communication, leaving no room for ambiguity. Rollout of this feature is set to commence on August 10 for rapid release domains, followed by scheduled release domains after August 23. Notably, this enhancement extends to both Google Workspace customers and users with personal Google accounts.
Activation of the pen tool during presentations is intuitive. While in slideshow mode, a simple mouse-over to the three-dot menu located at the screen’s lower left corner reveals the option to “Turn on the pen”. Instantly, the pen color picker and eraser icons materialize, enabling presenters to annotate their slides with ease.
This innovation follows recent updates, such as generative AI integration into Google Docs, Google Slides, and Gmail, further streamlining user interactions. Additionally, an earlier enhancement in April empowered Slides users to seamlessly integrate music, voice tracks, and audio files into presentations.
Gone are the days of struggling to direct attention to specific elements on the screen during meetings. With Google Workspace’s new markup tool, presenters can effortlessly guide their audience’s focus, eliminating ambiguity and enhancing engagement. This thoughtful addition epitomizes Google’s commitment to refining the digital workspace experience for users worldwide.