How to Use Smart Chips in Google Docs

Google Docs is continuously evolving to make collaboration and document creation more efficient and dynamic. One of the latest features enhancing this experience is Smart Chips. These versatile elements allow you to integrate various types of information and actions directly into your document, making it a more powerful and interactive tool. In this blog post, I’ll guide you through what Smart Chips are, how to use them, and the benefits they bring to your workflow.

What Are Smart Chips?

Smart Chips are interactive elements that you can insert into your Google Docs to link to people, files, events, and more. They help you add context and make your documents more interactive and informative without cluttering them with excessive details.

Types of Smart Chips

  1. People: Mention team members or collaborators.
  2. Files: Link to other Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more.
  3. Events: Link to calendar events.
  4. Places: Add locations.
  5. Dates: Insert dynamic dates.

How to Insert Smart Chips

1. Inserting People Smart Chips
  • Step 1: Type “@” followed by the name or email of the person you want to mention.
  • Step 2: Select the person from the dropdown menu that appears.

This automatically creates a chip that displays the person’s name and provides quick access to contact options.

2. Inserting File Smart Chips
  • Step 1: Type “@” followed by the name of the file you want to link to or select “Insert” from the menu, then “Smart chips” and “File”.
  • Step 2: Select the file from the dropdown list or browse your Drive to find it.

This creates a chip that shows the file name and icon, allowing anyone with access to click and open the file directly.

3. Inserting Event Smart Chips
  • Step 1: Type “@” followed by the name of the event or select “Insert” from the menu, then “Smart chips” and “Event”.
  • Step 2: Choose the event from your Google Calendar.

This creates a chip linking to the event, displaying its name and date.

4. Inserting Place Smart Chips
  • Step 1: Type “@” followed by the place name.
  • Step 2: Select the place from the dropdown list.

This creates a chip with the location details.

5. Inserting Date Smart Chips
  • Step 1: Type “@” followed by the date.
  • Step 2: Choose the format or exact date from the dropdown list.

This creates a chip that shows the date, which can also be set to update automatically.

Benefits of Using Smart Chips

  • Enhanced Collaboration: Easily mention team members and link to shared files, keeping everyone on the same page.
  • Streamlined Workflow: Quickly access relevant documents, events, and contacts without leaving your document.
  • Improved Organization: Keep your document clean and organized by embedding information within Smart Chips instead of cluttering it with links and details.
  • Increased Productivity: Reduce the time spent searching for information and focus more on content creation.

Example Use Cases

  1. Project Management: Mention team members responsible for tasks, link to project plans and timelines, and embed meeting schedules.
  2. Meeting Notes: Reference participants, link to relevant documents, and insert calendar events for follow-up meetings.
  3. Reports: Add dynamic dates, link to data sources, and mention contributors.


Smart Chips in Google Docs are a fantastic addition that enhances the way we create and collaborate on documents. By embedding people, files, events, places, and dates directly into your document, you can make your work more interactive, organized, and efficient. Start using Smart Chips today and experience the benefits of a more connected and streamlined workflow.