Sidebars are only available in Google text documents and in form creation UIs. This feature has been introduced quite recently and offers a wide array of possible applications.

We used a very basic example of this in Chapter 2, Create and Manipulate Forms, to show a sample of the last form responses, but we can make it a lot more useful and attractive if we wish.

An impressive example was published a few months ago by a Google engineer on GitHub (

Cursor Inspector is a script that shows the content and properties of the selected text in a sidebar in a document. From there on, we can imagine all sorts of developments: automatic data insertion in text, contextual ...

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