How to draft a document using Help me write in Google Docs: A step-by-step guide

If you want to know how to draft in Google Docs using Help me write feature, here is a step-by-step guide on how to do it.

  • Published: May 18, 2023 1:27 PM IST


  • Google hosted its Google I/O 2023 on May 10.
  • Google introduced new generative AI features across its products at the conference.
  • Google Workspace’s help me write feature is currently available to trusted testers only.
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This year’s Google I/O mainly revolved around generative AI and Google is pretty much integrating generative AI across all its products including Google Workspace, which will eventually get many generative AI features across its apps.  Also Read - YouTube to soon get 30-seconds long unskippable ads on connected TVs

One of the many such generative AI features in Google Workspace is ‘Help Me Write’. This feature is currently available in Docs and Gmail in English to trusted testers in the US and will be rolled out more broadly later. Also Read - No, Google won't delete inactive YouTube accounts with videos

This feature helps users in getting started on writing. They just need to enter the topic they would like to write about, and generative AI in Google Docs and Gmail will create a draft for them, which users can refine and edit as per their need, getting more suggestions as needed. Also Read - Google now lets you send Calendar invites from Google Docs: How to use it

“Blank pages can stump the best of us. That’s why we’re embedding generative AI in Docs and Gmail to help people get started writing,” Google said in a statement.

If you find this feature interesting and want to know how to draft in Google Docs using Help Me Write, here is a step-by-step guide on how to do it. 

How to draft a document in Google Docs using Help me Write

Step 1: Open Google Docs. Help me Write will be visible at the top of the page. 

Step 2: Click on the Edit icon and write the topic you would like to write about and click Create.

Step 3: Help me write will generate a draft for you. If you like the draft, then click Insert or you can also click on View another on the left of the Insert button to command AI to generate another draft for you on the same topic. 

In addition to this, Google Docs also have Refine option in the Help me write feature, which will Formalise, Shorten, Elaborate, or Rephrase the generated draft for you. 

Step 4: After making the desired changes click Insert to get your draft on the Google Docs page.

Meanwhile, Google has recently announced that it will delete personal accounts and their content that have not been used or signed in for at least 2 years. Announcing an update to its policies, the company said it will purge the content in inactive accounts within Google Workspace. That includes your Gmail, Docs, Drive, Meet and Calendar accounts, but the policy also applies to accounts in YouTube and Google Photos. 

The previous policy, which was rolled out in 2020, said that free unlimited storage for Google Photos and data stored in accounts will be deleted for inactive accounts.

  • Published Date: May 18, 2023 1:27 PM IST
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