5 holiday treats from Writer

All through the year, we’ve been fortunate enough to interact with users like you who gave us specific, constructive feedback to help evolve Writer for the better. We couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you! ?

In the spirit of the holiday season, and as a token of gratitude for your support, we picked and implemented some of the most requested features on our Community right now. We hope you like these holiday treats!

1. Insert spreadsheets to documents

Use our powerful number-crunching tool for your annual reports and projects. Writer joins hands with Sheet to bring you the option to create spreadsheets within documents. Insert, edit, and format spreadsheets, or work with advanced formulas—just as you would normally do in Zoho Sheet—without leaving your current page.

Spreadsheets in Writer documents
To insert spreadsheets, go to Insert > Table > Insert New Spreadsheet

With this update, you now have the option to display data in documents as a fully-featured spreadsheet as well as a simple embedded table.


2. Sort a table

Your traditional tables are getting updates, too! You can now easily sort data in a table alphabetically, numerically, or by date. This is especially helpful if your tables flow across multiple pages.

A demo of how Table Sorting works in Zoho Writer

Additionally, you can tell Writer to keep the first row as a header, making it easier to read the table data, no matter how far down you scroll.


3. Easier access to writing preferences

Zia, your AI-powered writing assistant, has also been learning new tricks this year. We understand each writing style is unique, and want to take personal preferences into account while providing smart suggestions from Zia.

For this reason, we’ve now added a quick shortcut menu for writing preferences on the bottom panel. This new menu will be home to your writing reports and granular writing controls, including informal writing, word choices, spelling, grammar, and more.


4. Locate and organize symbols better

Looking for a particular symbol or emoji in Writer just got so much more easier. Search using a keyword, and Writer will help you find all the relevant options.

Searching symbols related to "Division" in Writer with the new symbol search option


5. Add line numbering to code blocks

Ever since we introduced it, developers across the world have been using Code Snippets in Writer to document their code and share it with their team. Today, we’re making it even easier to present, discuss, and collaborate on your code. Code snippets in Writer can now display line numbers within the blocks.

Line numbering for Code Blocks in Writer


That’s all for now. Is there a feature you’d like us to add to Writer? Let us know in the comments below.

Wishing you an incredible holiday season ahead! ❄

—the Zoho Writer team


Make Zoho do more for you: You can now use Writer, along with Sheet and Show, as part of our cloud office suite and other collaboration tools by signing up for Zoho Workplace or Zoho One.

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6 Replies to 5 holiday treats from Writer

  1. Brilliant addition to Writer features. As I had suggested on numerous occasions, I would love to have dynamic tables from Zoho Creator Subform (like we do with CRM). It would make document automation so much easier for bespoke applications on Creator.

  2. I would love it if you guys made an app version/better offline version available for a desktop/laptop, because I use Writer all the time for all my documents and I love using it, but I forget to download my main docs offline across my different devices, and if I don't have Writer open on my browser when I go offline, I can't access them. It really frustrates me and it can interfere with my work flow. Otherwise, great program, love the design and the appearance, love writing with it.

    1. Hello Samantha, Thank you so much for the detailed feedback. We're working on a new macOS/Windows/Linux app that comes with Offline standard. Can you drop us a mail at support@zohowriter.com so that we could give you early access? Thanks much again! Happy holidays! =]

  3. Hey Rakeeb, Very cool updates. Our team is really excited about the progress that Writer is making- we'll definitely be using them :)

    1. Hey there, Tom! Thank you so much. So nice to see your comment. Wishing you and your team a very happy holiday, and new year in advance! :)

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