Wait, what’s this Google Doc for?
Earlier this year, Google added the ability to type up your own Summary for your doc in the left sidebar where the doc outline appears.
The outline is autogenerated by your use of headings, titles, subtitles, and other items in your doc, but the summary is something that you type in manually.
There doesn’t appear to be a limit to how long it can be, but you’re unable to do any formatting within it. You can use Shift+Enter to add line breaks though.
This summary will appear in that left sidebar for all viewers and it also shows up in other places, like the details pane that you can see in Google Docs. That’s a nice way to tell people what the doc is before they open it.
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