Google has begun implementing the new Material Design 3 user interface (UI) for Google Drive, Documents, Sheets, and Slides. The update intends to streamline the user interface, reduce complexity, and improve collaboration.
The redesigned user interface for Google Drive displays file lists and grids within a white container with rounded boundaries. The section headings have been made more prominent, and line separators have been eliminated. Additionally, the new design includes filters for file types, last modified, and individuals. The left sidebar features a pill-shaped indicator that highlights the currently viewed section, with the “New” icon just above. Google has added functionality that enables users to disclose shortcuts to share, download, rename, and open the menu by hovering over a file in the list view.
New Google Drive Interface
Google Documents, Sheets, and Slides’ user interfaces now include a pill-shaped toolbar with a light blue background. The suggestions button and remarks have a light blue background, while the top bar contains a blue sharing pill and container-less buttons on the right.
New Google Docs Design
The new design will be rolled out over the next fifteen days, with all users receiving it by March 25. The update will be accessible to all Workspace and personal users, as well as those on the G Suite Basic and Business programmes from the past. According to Google, the redesign will provide a simpler, more streamlined UI that emphasises the most popular tools within the products, allowing users to work more efficiently with the tools they already know and appreciate.
Material Design 3 UI for Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides resembles the new look of Gmail, reflecting Google’s efforts to streamline central collaboration journeys across its products. Google’s goal with this update is to make it simpler for users to collaborate and work more efficiently, while maintaining a familiar and user-friendly interface.