Just because it isn’t a built in feature, doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. With a little ingenuity, you can find a way to do almost anything you want in Google Apps. This is the art of the workaround.
Whether you want a linked table of contents for your Google Sheets or need to personalize your Docs with a custom watermark, where there is a will, there is a way. These are 4 of our favorite Google Apps workarounds that allow you to tackle the (seemingly) impossible.
1. Create a Table of Contents in Google Sheets by Inserting Hyperlinks
This is an excerpt from Building a Table of Contents in Google Sheets
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could create a table of contents that would link you to the specific tab you needed info from? Tables of contents are usually associated with books or large documents but they can also be implemented in Sheets to make finding info much quicker. Although this is not a Google feature, with this workaround you can add a table of contents to all your multi-page spreadsheets.
2. This Trick Lets You Add an Email as an Attachment to Another Email in Gmail
This is an excerpt from How to Attach an Email in Gmail
Have you ever referenced a past email while writing a Gmail message? We’ve noticed that a lot of people would like to include that email as an attachment, rather than just copy and paste the content. Because your Gmail messages are not stored as individual files, there isn’t really a way to do this natively in Google Apps. Fortunately, we found a really easy way to do this.
3. Copy and Paste HTML for Better Signatures in Google Inbox
This is an excerpt from How To Create A Beautiful Email Signature in Inbox by Gmail
Sporting a far too simple email signature creator that only allows you to create plain text signatures, Inbox certainly leaves a lot to be desired. For those of you who like multicolored signatures, containing beautiful fonts and images and still want to use Inbox by Gmail, I have finally found a solution. This little workaround allows you to have signatures with detail on par with those of standard Gmail users and you get to keep all of your correspondence within that Inbox interface you have come to love.
4. Use Google Drawings to Add a Watermark to your Google Docs
This is an excerpt from How to Add a Watermark to a Google Doc
Whether you want to ensure you get credit for the doc you worked so hard on or if you are just trying to make it look a little prettier, there are many reasons why you may want to stray from the white canvas. Although Google doesn’t yet have an official watermark tool for Google Docs, I have found a cool workaround that allows you to create one yourself using any image you want!