Google is rolling out a new collection of templates for its Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps to give you a running start on creating good-looking documents. The premade forms range from report and invoice templates to photo-album galleries and offer a clean, modern look. Access the new template gallery from within each app by choosing File, New, From Template.

The 30-plus Docs templates include ones for creating resumes, lesson plans, and school reports.


Sheets offers 15 templates for wedding planning, keeping a time sheet, and budgeting, for example.


Slides comes with nearly 20 presentation templates, including ones for photo albums, case studies, and a science projects. Along with new templates, Slides has 18 new themes for tailoring the look of a presentation.


Templates for the Drive apps are not new. The Google template gallery offered ones created by Google and third-party users, but the quality was mixed, and finding a style that matched your content could be challenging. Currently, you can't add your own custom templates to the new gallery.

Along with the new templates, Google made a handful of other changes to its Drive apps. The Forms app gains new themes and now lets you add your own image to a form. And Sheets has a new Explore button that will automatically generate charts and analysis based on data in your spreadsheet.

Clifford Colby follows the Mac and Android markets for He's been an editor at Peachpit Press and a handful of now-dead computer magazines, including MacWeek, MacUser, and Corporate Computing.