The Google Docs web app is now capable of instantly capitalizing text selections, the Mountain View-based Internet company announced on Tuesday. The new feature also works the other way around, i.e. it can be used to quickly convert large portions of text into lowercase letters. To access it, all you have to do is open a document in Google Docs, make a text selection, and hover over the Format tab in the top toolbar. From there, move your mouse cursor to "Capitalization" and you'll be presented with a new side menu allowing you to chose between changing your selection to uppercase or lowercase letters, or capitalize the first letter of every word you've selected.
The new feature was designed with the goal of facilitating the process of editing documents and saving user's time, Google said, adding how the same principle guided it to develop a number of other functionalities that were recently added to Google Docs. The ability to change text selections to uppercase and lowercase letters is being distributed through a staged rollout, the Alphabet-owned company said, meaning it may be a while before you get to take advantage of the new functionality. The blog post detailing the feature says the rollout should be completed in the coming days, so it shouldn't be long before the new option becomes available in your territory. As expected, the latest addition to Google Docs is available to users of all G Suite editions without any restrictions.
The ability to change the capitalization of text selections has been one of the most requested features of Google Docs users for years, and while it's unclear why Google took this long to release it, the fact remains that the functionality is finally rolling out now. Refer to the screenshot below to see how the newly added Google Docs menu looks in practice. Given this announcement, the latest feature will also likely end up in the Android version of Google Docs at some point in the future, though there's still no word on when exactly that might happen. Regardless, Google will likely provide an update on the matter in the coming months.