Formulas in spreadsheets are very popular which come handy for calculations calling values, etc. Using formulas, you can increase your production and also save time. Formulas and variables can also be used to create dynamic documents which can be easily edited by changing the variables.
In this article, I will cover a method to use Formulas and Variables in Google Docs. Formulas for Google Docs is a free and open source add-on for Google Docs that lets you define variables in the document and insert computations to produce rich text. With computations (formulas), you can create temporary placeholders in the documents which can be easily replaced by changing the variables. These formulas are not like the spreadsheet formulas and that’s because the purpose of using the formulas in the Google Docs is totally different from the spreadsheets.
How to Use Formulas, Variables in Google Docs to Replace Content
To use formulas and variables in Google Docs, visit this link and add the add-on to your Google Docs. When you click the “Add” button from the extension page, it takes you to the Google Docs and asks for the necessary permissions. Once added, you can find this add-on in the Add-ons section of Google Docs.
Formulas for Google Docs add-on gives you the following options:
- Evaluate Formulas: This option evaluates all the formulas and replaces them with appropriate content.
- Reveal Formulas: This option is opposite of the above; it reveals all the formulas used in the documents.
- Reveal Formula under the cursor: This option reveals the formulas from the selected text only.
- Highlight Computed Fields: This option highlights the content added by the formulas.
- Do not Highlight Computed Fields: This option is for reverting the content highlight.
Get this add-on for Google Docs here.
Formulas for Google Docs is a nifty tool that adds the spreadsheet-like formula capabilities to Google Docs. This is ideal for documents where you need temporary placeholders which can be easily replaced later, like invoices, greetings, documentation, etc.