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Templates are now released separately from new versions of Google Web Designer. You can find the template release notes here.

Release notes

A new version of Google Web Designer is available! 3 issues have been fixed as part of this release. Read below for additional details.

Updating Google Web Designer

Google Web Designer automatically updates upon launch if you have an internet connection. You can also download the latest version.

Version bug fixes

  • Pasting now works when editing text.
  • Fixed issue with "Unable to get property 'remove' of undefined or null reference" error when expanding the ad in Internet Explorer.
  • Carousel Gallery and Swipeable Gallery components now work correctly in Chrome.


6 new feature areas have been implemented, and 24 issues have been fixed as part of this release. Read below for additional details.

New features since version


  • You can now build AMPHTML ads using Web Designer. While you're working on AMPHTML ads, some parts of the interface will be disabled.

Ad environment conversion

  • Change the ad environment with the new File > Ad environment menu command.

Components panel

  • Double-clicking a component in the Components panel now adds it to the center of the stage.

File browse for image and video source

  • The Properties panel for images and the Video component now lets you browse your file system for source files.

Help panel

  • View help articles without leaving the Web Designer window by going to Help > Help center > Help panel.

Performance improvements

  • Fixed performance issues with the timeline, including Advanced mode scrubbing, switching to Quick mode, opening a file in Quick mode, and switching between Code view and Design view while in Quick mode.
  • Improved the performance of element modification and selection on stage when the Properties and CSS panel aren't visible and expanded.

Fixes and improvements since version

CSS panel

  • Fixed issue where the "Add property" button added an empty, non-editable property in an active media rule.
  • The Shift and Ctrl/⌘ keys now allow range selection and multi-selection for CSS panel rules in the same way that other selectable lists in the UI do.


  • [Dynamic] Text in an empty div can now be styled in the Text panel.
  • Fixed issue with the Text tool options bar and Text panel settings disappearing after undo.
  • Fixed issue with text files displaying incorrectly when opened while the Text tool is selected.


  • Fixed issue with the label name dialog appearing off-screen after scrolling the timeline.
  • Fixed issue with radial gradient backgrounds for pages not displaying in Quick mode thumbnails.
  • Fixed issue where Quick mode thumbnails didn't reflect changes in SVG shape width.
  • Fixed issue with Quick mode thumbnails showing invisible and deleted elements.
  • Fixed performance issue with editing a motion path in a file with many animated elements.
  • Fixed performance issue with scrubbing the timeline in a file with hundreds of elements.

Workspace (Panels and UI)

  • [Panels] Fixed issue with adding a new panel to a group of three tabbed panels after closing a tab.
  • [Panels] Panel menu now closes when dragging panels.
  • [Panels] Fixed hidden tab visibility issue.
  • [Options bar] Fixed issue with the More icon not showing when Web Designer launched at the minimum window size.
  • [Scrollbars] Fixed issue with scrollbars disappearing when switching between documents.


  • "NEW" indicator for templates is now translated on the start screen.
  • [Gradient editing] Fixed issue with the center point in the radial gradient editing tool not moving as expected.
  • [SVG shapes] Fixed issue with the dynamic bindings dialog including inner SVG shape elements in the list of selectable elements.
  • [Groups] Fixed image flickering issue when text is edited or elements are added or removed.
  • [Copy and paste] Fixed issue with animations not playing for a group instance copied from a document with multiple pages to a document without additional pages.
  • [Preferences dialog] Updated syntax highlighting for HTML in the code editor in the Preferences dialog.
  • Fixed issue where the gwd_webcomponents_min.js file was sent to the recycle bin upon every launch instead of getting deleted.
  • Fixed issue where outdated template files were sent to the recycle bin after an update instead of getting deleted.

Known issues

  • Timeline animation events, such as pause or loop, do not work when you directly open the source .html file in your browser. This is expected behavior, as timeline animation CSS is generated when previewing or publishing the document. Solution: use the Preview button, or publish the document locally and view the published file in your browser.
  • A black screen on launch may be caused by outdated video drivers. Try updating your video drivers. If that doesn't help, disable GPU rendering by quitting Google Web Designer and following the instructions for your operating system before relaunching:
    • Windows: Add a DWORD32 value named disable-gpu-rendering to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Web Designer\Settings in the registry. Set this value to 1.
    • Mac: Add a Boolean row to ~/Library/Preferences/ with the name disable-gpu-rendering and a value of YES, or run defaults write disable-gpu-rendering -bool true in Terminal.
    • Linux: Add a line to ~/.local/share/google-web-designer/preferences/settings.conf with the name disable-gpu-rendering and a value of true. (If the [Settings] section doesn't exist, you'll need to create it first.)
  • For a video to autoplay when an ad is re-expanded on Mac Safari, the first video source should be mp4.
  • Gradient background fill on an image only renders when scaling is set to stretch.
  • A maximum of 4 panels can be grouped/tabbed together.
  • White screen on launch if behind a web proxy. Please follow these instructions to change your proxy settings.
  • Mac Chrome, Opera, IE: Play button doesn't work in Google Web Designer preview when Autoplay preview is on. Workaround: remove localhost from the URL to use file:///
  • Linux only: file drag and drop from the file system to Google Web Designer is not working. Workaround: use File > Import assets or Add asset from the Library.
  • Downloading iCalendar .ics files is not supported on Safari desktop browser.
  • It is not possible to have more than one Map component or Street View component, or a Map and a Street View component in the same creative.
  • Linux only: if the browser (Chrome or Firefox) is launched by Google Web Designer for preview, Google Web Designer cannot be closed unless the browser is closed first.
  • Linux only: Google Web Designer sometimes loses focus and is unable to take keyboard input when switching between apps. Workaround: resize the Google Web Designer window to bring focus back to the app.
  • Linux only: if the renderer crashes and a white screen appears, set the disable-gpu-rendering to true in Google Web Designer settings. Add a row to ~/.local/share/google-web-designer/preferences/settings.conf with the name disable-gpu-rendering and a value of true. (If the [Settings] section doesn't exist, you'll need to create it first.)
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