📣 Guess what’s here? Emoji Reactions in Google Docs!
Smiley face! Face with open mouth! Thinking face! Face with tears of joy! Pile of poo! We all love emojis and now we can use them in lieu of comments in Google Docs.
Now if you highlight some text you’ll see 3 options on the right side of the screen: add comment, add emoji reaction, and suggested edits. Other people who have editing or commenting access can then click on the same emoji to upvote (now it’ll show the same emoji with a 2 next to it) or they can highlight the text and add a different emoji.
You can add multiple emojis to the same spot as well. If you click an emoji reaction that you’ve already added, it’ll make that reaction go away, or if there is more than one of it, it’ll reduce the number by one. When you hover the cursor over them, you can see who the emojis are from. They can also be resolved just like comments. These emojis also appear in the comments menu in the top right corner, near the share button.
Emoji reactions are just like comments – they can only be added or viewed if you have editing or commenting access. People who are only viewers will neither see the emoji reactions nor be able to add reactions of their own.
I love that Google made it possible to add ANY emoji, not just a handful, like thumbs up or smiley faces. Plus, when appropriate, there are different skin tones and gender options, including gender-neutral emoji.
(This update is available in ALL Google accounts including free ones.)