Collaboration is an important part of Google Docs, allowing multiple users to post changes, comments, and more. Now you can include not only text in your comments but emoji reactions as well, just like you can in messages or on social media. “The new emoji reactions feature provides a less formal alternative to comments to express your views on the content of the document,” Google said in a blog post announcing the function.
The new option appears when you highlight text in a document while in “edit” mode. From there, you’ll see a new “add reaction” smiley face icon that allows you to place emojis in the edit comment section. Google notes that the emojis used will be shared with Google’s chat, “so all preferences set in one app will be reflected in the other.” Both apps can also be used to update emoji preferences via the picker.
Google recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of Docs (along with Sheets). It has gradually enhanced the features it set up over time, with the latest update letting you draft emails in Docs and then send them using Gmail.
Emoji reactions on a Google doc might be an easy way to add feedback, but even then, it might not fly in some business environments. In any case, the feature cannot be disabled by the user and “there is no administrator control for the feature,” according to Google. The feature was officially launched yesterday, but it may take some time before it appears depending on the domain type and region.