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Google Chat could be the answer to one of your most pressing productivity issues

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You can now transform messages into tasks in Google Chat.

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By turning conversations into personal projects, a new Google Chat feature aims to help users never forget a project.

A new feature is coming to Google Chat that will allow users to create a new task instantly from individual or group messages.

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When hovering over a message in a Google Chat window, the new “Add to Tasks” option will display alongside the present ability to add a reaction emoji or forward a message to your inbox.

Tasks in Google Chat

“This feature makes it easier to keep on top of assignments that arise from chat interactions with coworkers,” according to the official Google Workspace Update blog (opens in new tab). “After you’ve made a personal task, you may give it a due date and a description, then return to the conversation swiftly.”

A task can be viewed once it’s been created in Google Tasks, the quick-access side panel, and even Google Calendar if it has a due date.

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All Google Workspace clients, as well as older G Suite Basic and Business customers, will be able to access the feature starting today on Android and Web.

According to the company, it is working on bringing Add to Tasks to iOS and expects it to be ready in the coming months.

The change is the latest to Google Chat as the firm strives to make it as useful as possible for employees all over the world.

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Google Chat users will soon see notice banners warning them about questionable messages that may contain links to phishing sites or malware downloads, according to the company.

The new function will be available on both mobile and web clients, according to Google, and will assist “guard against bad actors” and “keep data safe.”

Google Chat’s Idle state, signified by an orange icon, was just reintroduced, making it easy to determine who of your colleagues is online.

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