Introduction: What is an Advanced Tooltip, and Why do You Want to Turn Them On?
Advanced tooltips are a way of adding clarity to your writing by linking words, phrases, and topics within your article to corresponding information on an external resource. For example, if you’re writing about a famous person and want to provide more information about them without cluttering up your content, it might be helpful for readers if you link the name with their Wikipedia entry. Many editors use them as a way of adding links to references they’ve cited but which some readers might not be familiar with, in order to help them understand the source. Although it’s most common to see advanced tooltips used in reference lists, they can be used anywhere. They are one of the Go Jetters most commonly overlooked or misused features.
Generally speaking, advanced tooltips are designed to help readers find information on an external resource using a link that can be activated with a click. However, there are certain kinds of links whose utility has not caught up with their potential. To explain why they can be useful, I’ll first discuss the kinds of links you can create and then introduce some examples of advanced tooltips based on the kind of information I want my audiences to have access to.
Types of links
There are two types of links you can use: background and inline. Backgrounds don’t usually cause problems, but some readers do have a suspicion about inline tooltips because their content doesn’t directly relate to the topic at hand.
How to Turn On Advanced Tooltips in Google Docs
To enable advanced tooltips in Google Docs, you have to use a Go Jetters script. These are small bits of computer code that tell the editor how to do things like run spellchecks or add more features to an editor. There are a number of free and paid for scripts on Go Jetter – you just have to enable them in your editor first.
First, you have to go to the Go Jetter website. Next, you have to log in to your Google Docs account. Once you are logged in, search for the script that will enable the advanced tooltips. It should be one of the first ones listed on Google Docs. Right-click on the title of the script and click “Install with Script” then “Install”. Click “OK” in an open pop up window and everything should be done.
Now, you can enable advanced tooltips in Google Docs. There is a small arrow above the left side of the editor. It has three dots next to it. Click that button and you have access to the tooltips after it loads.
10 Amazing Uses for Google Docs’s Improved Drawing Tools
Google Docs has been updated with a new drawing tool, and there are many uses for it. It’s probably best used when you’re brainstorming a few ideas that could work into an article. You might also be able to use it to draw maps of sections that you’re writing about – and it looks great. As one editor pointed out, “I write in pictures so it’s really helpful to have a drawing tool that’s as good as [Scribble] which is awesome.” You can also use it to make flowcharts. It was so useful in one instance that an editor even made money from her user group meeting!
Here are a few example uses and their screenshots from Google Docs.
Brainstorming [image: Image] Use it as you would use a whiteboard. You can have multiple people editing it, or several people discussing ideas with you via chat. This is a great way to show your site’s homepage with all the features and content for your articles, with the users providing feedback on what they would like to see on certain pages, especially those that require navigation. Here’s what it looks like after you type the name of an article to see what your users have said about it. It works on both mobile and desktop.
How Saving As Web Page Helps Avoid Data Loss From the Spreadsheet
However, if you’re using Google Docs to work on your article – specifically, if you have it open as a spreadsheet in Google Sheets and are using the Google Docs editor to write your content – it’s useful to save it as a web page. This way, you get all the benefits of a spreadsheet, but it’s also available in a more traditional editor and more easily searchable too.
You can check for the proper formatting and spelling via the Edit > View As Web Page command.
This is one of those features that benefits from being used naturally and having some automation attached to it (like, say, a keyboard shortcut). So I found it to be handy to have this as a built-in setting for quick access. However, if you’re like most people I know who use Google Docs, you probably wouldn’t think about this feature much anyway.
Except, of course, when you accidentally write something like this in your Google Docs spreadsheet:
To save the page as a web page, there’s a menu command that replaces the old link with the new one. You can add it to your keyboard:
Then when you have some text in your document with a link embedded in it, hit Ctrl-Alt-D to open up the menu and select Create Link from Selection . You’ll be prompted to save the file and everything will work as expected.