Google this evening has announced a trio of updates to its Drive suite of apps. First off, Google Docs has been updated to add the ability to merge the cells of a table. In order to merge cells in Docs, simply highlight the cells to be merged, then right-click and choose the “Merge cells” option from the pop-up menu.

Earlier this year, Google Slides was updated with with new image editing options, and now many of those options have made their way to Google Docs as well. With today’s update, Google Docs users on the web now have the ability to adjust the color, transparency, brightness, and contrast of their images. These settings are accessible by either right clicking on an image, or choosing the “Format” option in the toolbar and selecting “Image Options.”

Finally, Google Slides on the web received a minor update this evening. Users of the presentation creation software can now add slide numbers to their shows. To do this, simply choose the “Insert” option from the toolbar and click “Slide Numbers.” Users can either apply numbers to all slides or selected slides.

All of these new features are available today on the web clients of Google Docs and Google Slides.

As we head towards the end of 2014, there are still a few more updates to Docs, Sheets, and Slides that can help you make your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations more beautiful and useful.In Docs, you can already customize tables with different colors and line thicknesses, and now you can also merge cells together to get your table just right.

Plus, you can now customize images right inside your document by recoloring them, changing the transparency, brightness, and more.

In Slides, you can now add slide numbers to help guide you and your audience through presentations.

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