Friday, May 27, 2022

An Easy Way to Get Started Using Dropdown Menus in Google Docs


Recently, Google Docs added a new Dropdown menu feature. It can be easily accessed by typing the "@" symbol. The first time you try it, it will be at the top of the menu that appears. After the first time, it will be located at the bottom. Scroll down to access the feature. It can also be found via the Insert menu on the top toolbar. 

When you select Dropdown, you will be prompted to create a new dropdown or use a previous one. You will be given the options to use their preset options as well. 

When creating your own Dropdown, by default, you can create 4 options, but you have the ability to color code them and add or subtract options. 

Below is an example of what this feature can look like. In the example, I have written a narrative with Dropdown menus inserted at strategic points. This can be a comprehension exercise for students to show knowledge of the characters in a story. The Dropdown will show one of the options, but if the student thinks the option is incorrect, they can click it to change the name to the correct answer. 

Below you can see the three sample Dropdowns and the available options.

This is just one simple way to begin using the new Google Docs Dropdown feature. How might you use this feature in your role? If you have any questions and would like a follow up, contact me via Gmail or Chat at

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