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How to Use Help Me Write on Gmail and Google Docs

by Ravi Teja KNTS
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Needless to say, manually composing emails and writing documents is boring, especially when you have to do it daily. With recent advances in AI, services like ChatGPT, Google Bard, and Bing AI can compose them within seconds. Now Google is bringing the same tech directly into Google services called “Help Me Write”. Here’s how you can access and use the Help Me Write Feature on Gmail and Google Docs today.

What’s Help Me Write Feature

You might have already seen Google suggesting the next few words to help complete the sentence on Gmail and Google Docs. Now they are using language learning AI models to complete the email or document for you using the Help Me Write feature. You just need to give a prompt by asking to write an email or article and include the necessary details for AI to compose the entire thing in seconds. Let’s understand with an example.

Once you get the result, you can just make the necessary adjustments and send it. Google also promised that it will take the data from previous emails and create an email based on that. For example, if you are contacting any customer care for a refund and composing an email through Help Me Write, then it will add details related to the refund like the ticket number or product details, etc. However, the current Help Me Write is not that advanced.

Also, as of now, the feature is under the waitlist and only available in the US. But you can try it with a VPN.

How to Join the Waitlist for Help Me Write

1. Open the Google Labs page and scroll down to the Available in Labs section. Now under the Google Workspace option, click on the Join Waitlist option.

Join Waitlist of Google Workspace

2. It opens a signup page to join Google Workspace Labs. Scroll down to the Consumer Acknowledgement section and enable the toggle beside all three checkboxes. Make sure to go through the page about the terms and conditions and privacy policy before proceeding. Once done, click on Submit.

Joining Google Workspace Labs

3. That’s it, you will be enrolled into the waiting list. The acceptance rate is high, so there is a good chance of getting off the waitlist instantly or within a few hours. Once you are off the waitlist, you will get a welcome email from Labs in Google Workspace.

Welcome to Google Workspace

Joining the waitlist for Google Workspace will not only give access to the Help Me Write feature before others, but it also gives access to other Google Workspace beta features whenever they come out.

How to Use Help Me Write Feature on Gmail

As mentioned, at the time of writing this article, this feature works only in the US. If you are out of the US and are not able to use it, try connecting to the US server with a VPN. It should work as intended.

1. Open Gmail and start composing an email. On the compose tab, click on the Help Me Write option with a pencil and star icon.

Help Me Write on Gmail

2. Now enter the prompt in the text box opened. Once done, click on the Create button.

Creating Help Me Write email on Gmail

3. Now you should be able to check out the email generated. If you are not satisfied with the result, you have the option to Recreate it.

Recreate Help Me Write on Gmail

4. Also, you can make the generated email better suitable for your needs by clicking on the Refine option and then selecting Formalize, Elaborate, and Shorten. You also have the I’m Feeling Lucky option that sometimes makes it formal or poetic or even funny randomly.

Refine Help Me Write on Gmail

5. Once you are satisfied with the result, click on the Insert option.

Insert Help Me Write email on Gmail

6. Now customize accordingly and send the email just like you always do. But instead of working from scratch, you start from a basic template.

email generated from Help Me Write on Gmail

How to Use Help Me Write Feature on Google Docs

1. Open any document on Google Docs. Now place your cursor anywhere in the document where you want to generate the content.

2. Now you should be able to find the Help Me Write option with a pencil and star icon on the left of the line.

Use Help Me Write on Google Docs

3. Enter a prompt and click on Create. Unlike Gmail, you can ask Help Me Write to write a poem, technical document, article, event plan, social media caption, song lyrics, story, etc. on Google Docs.

Create Help Me Write article on Google Docs

4. If you are not satisfied with the generated result, click on the Recreate button.

Recreate on Help Me Write on Google Docs

5. To customize further it, click on Refine and select Formalize, Shorten, Elaborate, and Rephrase.

Refine option on Help Me Write on Google Docs

6. Once done, click on the Insert option.

Inserting Help Me Write content

7. Later you can make your own edits and save the document.

Edit Help Me Write Content on Google Docs

Help Me Write Final Words

Help Me Write is an amazing feature implemented in apps where you can actually take advantage of it. Instead of copying from these AI Chatbot services, you can generate emails, articles, and scripts directly from Gmail and Google Docs.

However, the service is still not fully implemented as the emails or articles generated cannot read your existing data and build upon that. Apart from Help Me Write when you enable Workspace Labs, you should also be able to take advantage of other beta features like Duet AI when they get released.

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