How to start or join a Google Meeting from Docs, Sheets, or Slides


Have you ever wanted to start a quick video call while reviewing a document? You can start or join a Google Meet directly from Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides. Then present your document or just join and keep working.

Note: To use the feature, you must be using the Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser.

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Start a Google meeting from Docs, Sheets, or Slides

You can start your own Google Meet with an open document, spreadsheet, or slideshow. Click the Google Meet button at the top right of the screen. Select “Start a new meeting.”

Start a new meeting with Google Meet

Google Meet will immediately begin placing a meeting sidebar on the right side of your document. It has the meeting link with a handy copy button to quickly paste it into an email or chat conversation for others to join.

Google Meet started in Docs

As participants request to join, you will be prompted to admit them to the meeting.

Ask to admit or deny access to the meeting

You can then see the participant tiles in the sidebar.

Google Meet in the Google Docs sidebar

Join a Google meeting from Docs, Sheets, or Slides

If someone else starts a meeting you’d like to join, you can continue working in your Google Doc, Spreadsheet, or Slide and jump right into the call. Click the Google Meet button at the top and choose “Use a meeting code.”

Option to join Google Meet using a code

Enter or paste the code or link into the box and click “Continue”.

Google Meet code or link box to join

You can then select “Ask to join” or “Ask to present this tab” to join based on your preference.

Request to join or present on Google Meet

All meeting participants appear in the sidebar on the right, just like when you start a meeting yourself.

Google meeting controls

You have a couple of options for how you want to display the meeting and the controls for the call and participants as well.

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Meeting display options

You can put the meeting in a smaller window instead of using the sidebar. Click the Picture in Picture icon at the top of the sidebar.

You will then see that the meeting is taking place in a small window that you can move wherever you want. Click the center to redock the meeting in the sidebar.

Google Meet Picture in Picture

If you prefer to keep your eyes on your document, you can move the meeting to a new browser tab. Click the popup icon at the top of the sidebar.

You can then switch between tabs to view the meeting and work on the document. Or, if you’re presenting, you can continue to do so from the other browser tab.

To return the call to the sidebar in your document tab, click the Google Meet button at the top and choose “Bring the call here.”

Indicate to bring the call here or present the tab

Meeting and call controls

You have controls at the bottom of the sidebar to turn the microphone and camera on and off, present your tab, window, or screen, and exit the call.

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You can also select the three dots to open the More Options menu for meeting details, people, call messages, captions, and other settings.

Call controls in Docs for Google Meet

Select a participant to see the controls for him. You can then pin, mute, or remove them from the call. You can also set your own mosaic.

Participant controls in Google Meet

Whether you want to display the Google Doc, Sheet, or Slide you’re viewing, or just join a meeting while you work, you’ve got an easy way to use Google Meet.