Google Docs is getting support for emoji responses, so you can respond to text with a simple symbol rather than a full-written comment. In an announcement post, the company says the feature will support all available emoji in the latest release, including gender-neutral options and crazier symbols like a melting face and biting lip.
A gif released by Google shows how the emoji comment feature will appear as a third option next to “Add comment” and “Suggest edits” when you highlight text. You can also type to search the emoji catalog. Google says these comments provide “a less formal alternative to comments.”
Emoji reactions have become a staple of modern software and are available in numerous messaging apps (iMessage, Facebook Messenger) and social networks (Facebook and Twitter as part of a limited test). Emoji Reactions are coming to Google Docs as the service undergoes a major overhaul, expanding from a word processor to more of a remote collaboration tool.
Other new Google Docs features recently announced include support for price cuts, a new pageless layout, and the ability to seamlessly compose emails from within a document.
Google says that emoji reactions are enabled by default and cannot be disabled. They’re rolling out now for quick release domains, but will be available to most Google Docs users after April 20. They are available to “Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard and Enterprise Plus” subscribers, but not for more basic tiers such as Enterprise Essentials.