Make the Most of Duet AI in Google Docs

Duet AI can counsel and rewrite textual content, repair errors and suggest methods to enhance wording.

Duet AI and Google Docs.
Illustration: Andy Wolber/TechRepublic

Google made Duet AI generally available in late August 2023. The options add generative synthetic intelligence capabilities into varied Google Workspace apps, together with Gmail, Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, Google Chat and Google Meet. Duet AI is an add-on out there to many editions of Google Workspace.

In Google Docs, Duet AI can create, modify and proofread textual content. If Duet AI has been added to your Google account, strive the next options in Google Docs on the net.

Leap to:

generate textual content with Assist Me Write in Google Docs

1. Choose the Assist Me Write button to the left of the textual content.

2. Enter directions that describe the textual content you search. Maintain your immediate particular but transient – a brief sentence or two.

3. Select the Create button when prepared.

4. After just a few moments, Duet AI will show both:

a. Response textual content or

b. The message “We’re nonetheless studying and might’t assist with that. Strive one other request.” When this seems, edit your entry and take a look at once more.

5. Optionally, you could:

  • Choose the Refine button, which gives entry to a Retry possibility together with all of the options coated within the subsequent part, too. Whenever you make any of those refinements, remember that the system replaces the preliminary response textual content. As a result of the short-term textual content will get changed, it could make sense to Insert generated textual content, then refine it from throughout the Google Doc, relatively than throughout the Assist Me Write window.
  • Click on the preliminary immediate and modify it to generate totally different textual content.

6. In the event you discover the response helpful, choose Insert (Determine A) so as to add the textual content into your Google Doc.

Determine A

Google Duet AI Help me write.
Choose the Assist Me Write icon, enter a quick immediate, then overview the response. You might edit your immediate, refine the end result or insert the textual content. Picture: Andy Wolber/TechRepublic

Assist Me Write responses are usually transient and should draw from doc content material. In testing, responses generated contained fewer than 400 phrases, so Assist Me Write would possibly greatest be used for starter concepts and drafts. (There’s a cause the function is named Assist Me Write relatively than Write It For Me.) Moreover, Duet AI typically references doc content material within the response, which may tilt the textual content towards relevancy, however on the threat of redundancy.

rewrite textual content with Duet AI in Google Docs

1. Choose textual content inside a Google Doc. Typically, you’ll need to choose a sentence or extra.

2. Choose the Assist Me Rewrite button; it’s the similar icon that serves because the Assist Me Rewrite button when no textual content has been chosen.

3. Select a menu possibility (Determine B):

  • Tone: Formal or Tone: Informal to tweak phrase selections as described.
  • Summarize to distill the important thing factors.
  • Bulletize to restructure as bullet factors.
  • Elaborate to broaden textual content. That is particularly helpful for a phrase or sentence or two.
  • Shorten to condense to core ideas.
  • Rephrase to discover various wordings.
  • Customized so as to add your personal rewrite method. This allows you to enter a process you need Duet AI to try. For instance, you would possibly strive Make It A Poem, Make It Like Shakespeare or Make It Extra Encouraging. Whereas not each possibility works effectively, the customized possibility allows you to discover inventive tweaks to your textual content.

Determine B

Google Duet AI Docs Rewrite.
Choose textual content, then choose the Assist Me Rewrite icon. You might select varied methods to behave on the chosen textual content. Picture: Andy Wolber/TechRepublic

4. The system will show the chosen modification.

5. You might then select from three choices:

  • Insert so as to add the generated textual content beneath your initially chosen part.
  • Change to take away the initially chosen part and use the generated textual content as an alternative.
  • Refine which lets you choose a rewrite menu possibility, as above, once more.

proofread textual content with Duet AI in Google Docs

As soon as your draft is prepared for overview, use Duet AI Proofread to establish potential errors and counsel enhancements. Spelling and grammar detection work a lot as they’ve traditionally in Google Docs. The Duet AI Proofread function may overview:

  • Wording to counsel totally different phrases.
  • Energetic Voice to switch passive voice with energetic voice.
  • Conciseness to get rid of extraneous phrases.
  • Sentence Cut up to simplify sentence constructions.

1. Choose Instruments | Proofread | Proofread This Doc. Alternatively, choose the proofread icon — a capital letter A with a checkmark beneath it — from the menu.

2. The proofread aspect panel will show to the suitable of your Google Doc (Determine C).

Determine C

Google Duet Ai Docs Proofread.
Choose the Proofread icon after which overview the ideas within the aspect panel. You might settle for or reject every suggestion. Picture: Andy Wolber/TechRepublic

3. For every recognized challenge, you could select from these choices (Determine C):

  • Settle for the change both by choosing the checkmark or the modified phrase or phrase in blue.
  • Reject the change by choosing the X.
  • Entry the three-dot extra menu to show off a class of ideas or give suggestions to the event crew.

Give Duet AI context and steerage

Duet AI works greatest with a little bit of context and steerage. For instance, after I drafted the sections written above, a “Assist me write” immediate of “Write an introductory paragraph to the remainder of the article” returned the next correct and simple paragraphs (eager observers will discover Duet AI makes use of the Oxford comma):

Duet AI is a strong software that may enable you along with your writing in Google Docs. It may well enable you generate textual content, rewrite textual content, and proofread your work. On this article, we’ll cowl methods to use Duet AI for every of those duties.

We are going to begin by overlaying methods to generate textual content with Duet AI. It is a nice strategy to get began on a writing undertaking or to give you concepts. We are going to then cowl methods to rewrite textual content with Duet AI. This may be useful if you wish to enhance the tone, fashion, or readability of your writing. Lastly, we’ll cowl methods to proofread your work with Duet AI. This can assist you catch errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

We hope that this text will enable you get essentially the most out of Duet AI in Google Docs.

Experiment with Duet AI

If in case you have entry to Duet AI, strive it. Draft some textual content — just a few bullet factors, traces, sentences and even a number of paragraphs — then choose Assist Me Write and immediate it to generate textual content. Choose some textual content and discover rewrite choices, or enter your personal customized inventive twist for a variety of refinements. And earlier than you share your doc with different individuals, have Duet AI Proofread overview every part to establish errors and counsel edits.

Point out or message me on Mastodon (@awolber) to let me know what your expertise with Duet AI in Google Docs has been. Which of the three units of options — Proofread, Assist me write or rewrite — do you utilize most frequently? Which do you discover most useful?