If you’ve ever wondered how to start that important Google Docs document, whether it’s an essay, a report, or a high-grossing news article, you may have already found yourself typing random words in an attempt to get the typing juices flowing.
However, it appears that typing in a particularly common word could be enough to crash Google’s word processing software after a rather embarrassing bug was detected by the company.
According to Google’s support pages, typing the rarely used word “And” a handful of times at the start of a document is enough to completely crash the program.
Google Docs crash
The flaw was discovered by Pat Needham, a poster on the Google Docs Editors Help Forum, who found that typing “And. And. And. And. And.” in a new document would cause it to crash.
Namely, Google Docs would display its usual “Something went wrong” error message, along with a pop-up saying it was “unable to upload the file.” Reloading the document seemed to cause the same issue, forcing the user to completely exit Google Docs.
Needham said he found the problem while using Google’s Chrome browser, with documents from three separate Google accounts (personal, G Suite Basic, and possibly business) all experiencing the same issue.
In a response to Needham’s comment, a Google employee said the company is aware of the issue and is working on a fix “right now.” “Thank you for reporting this issue and sharing it with us. We will keep you posted ! they added.
On TechRadar Pro’s machine, the issue now appears to have been resolved, so that’s another possible excuse for missing your deadline out the window.
The news ironically comes shortly after Google Docs rolled out a number of new writing assistance features, including synonym and sentence structure suggestions to help users improve the quality of their writing.
The service will also flag any “inappropriate” language, as well as instances where the writer would be better served using the active rather than the passive voice.