Gemini in the side panel of Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Drive is rolling out now

We’re pleased to announce the general availability of Gemini in the side panel of Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive. Through the side panel, Gemini can assist you with summarizing, analyzing, and generating content by utilizing insights gathered from your emails, documents, and more—all without switching applications or tabs. The updated interface automatically summarizes the content you’re working on and provides contextually relevant prompts to help you get started.

Who’s impacted

End users

Why you’d use it

The side panel will use Google’s most capable models including the Gemini 1.5 Pro model with a longer context window and more advanced reasoning, allowing you to harness the power of Gemini directly from your most used Google Workspace apps. Here are a few examples of when you’d use it:
  • Docs: Gemini in Docs side panel can help you write and refine your content, summarize information, help you brainstorm, create content based off of other files, and more.

Gemini in Docs side panel


  • Slides: Gemini in Slides side panel can help you generate new slides, generate custom images, summarize presentations and more.


Using Gemini in Slides side panel


  • Sheets: Gemini in Sheets side panel can help you track and organize data. In the side panel, you can quickly create tables, generate formulas and ask how to accomplish certain tasks in Sheets.


Using Gemini in Sheets side panel



  • Drive: Gemini in Drive side panel can summarize one or multiple documents,  get quick facts about a project, or deep dive on a topic without needing to find and click through numerous documents. 

    Using Gemini in Drive side panel

Additional details

We’re also introducing Gemini in the Gmail side panel, which you can leverage to summarize email threads, draft an email, suggest responses to an email thread, and more. For more information, see our announcement on the Workspace Updates blog.

Getting started

  • Admins: There is no admin control for this feature.
  • End users: You can access the Gemini in the side panel by clicking on “Ask Gemini” (spark button) in the top right corner of Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive on the web. Visit the Help Center to learn more about collaborating with Gemini in Google Drive, as well as Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Rollout pace


Available for Google Workspace customers with:
  • Gemini Business and Enterprise add-on
  • Gemini Education and Education Premium add-on
  • Google One AI Premium

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