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Templates and components

Templates and component fixes may be released separately from new versions of Google Web Designer:

Release notes

A new version of Google Web Designer is available! 2 issues have been fixed in 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.

Fixes and improvements in version

  • Fixed issue with animations not playing in Internet Explorer.
  • Fixed issue with reordering columns in the Library panel.

New features in version

Code view improvements

  • Design view panels and toolbars are now automatically hidden to give you a wider area for viewing your code.
  • The new Files panel lets you browse and open other files in your project folder.
  • Use the minimap for a high-level overview of your code and for quick navigation.
  • Collapse and expand code blocks.
  • Code completion suggestions display automatically as you type.

Events panel layout

  • The Events panel now displays information in resizable columns.
  • You can reorder events by dragging them to a new position in the list.

Focal points for responsive images

  • Set a focal point to keep a key part of your image always visible in case resizing the image may crop it.

Focal point for responsive images

Interactive video

  • The Video component now lets you add hotspots that appear over your video.
  • Set cue points to seek or trigger events at specific times during video playback.

Interactive video: how to create cue points and hotspots

Keyframe rules editing in CSS panel

  • You can now see and directly edit CSS animation keyframe rules while in Design view.

Editing keyframe rules in CSS panel

New templates in version

2 templates have been added to the Dynamic remarketing for Google Ads template category:

  • Responsive Dynamic Remarketing Travel Block Details
  • Responsive Dynamic Remarketing Travel Pennant Details

Other notable changes

  • Document tabs now display long file names.
  • The Ad Validator shows a warning about the upcoming Google Fusion Tables turndown for the Maps component.

Fixes & improvements in version

Components & runtime

  • [Star Ratings] Fixed rendering issue with the Star Ratings component.
  • [YouTube] Show title property removed because the showinfo parameter has been deprecated.
  • Fixed issue with the Properties panel not updating to show custom component properties.


  • [Publish to Display & Video 360] Fixed issue where the Creative name field was enabled before an Advertiser was selected.
  • [Publish to Display & Video 360] The Publish button in the Publish dialog is now disabled after the association is removed and settings are cleared.

Timeline & animation

  • Fixed issue with wrapping and unwrapping element not updating animation selectors.
  • Fixed crash after selecting a keyframe then using Shift + dragging to select other keyframes.

Workspace (panels and user interface)

  • Fixed issue with error when saving a workspace with empty name.
  • Document tab overflow dropdown now displays the full filename.


  • The Ad Validator now shows the correct size limit for ads created with the App Promo Install template.
  • Fixed crash when opening files containing certain image URLs.
  • Fixed issue where dynamic data bindings weren't saved for descendants of elements with text fitting applied.
  • [Publish to Display & Video 360] Fixed issue where the Creative field was enabled before an Advertiser was selected.
  • [AMP] Inline style rules can now be viewed and edited in the CSS panel.
  • [AMP] Motion paths are now available in AMPHTML ads.

Known issues

  • References to custom Google Web Designer elements (gwd-image, gwd-video, gwd-audio, gwd-iframe, gwd-page, and gwd-pagedeck) may not work as expected. Learn how you can update your references.
  • 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.
  • Image files without a file extension with a period in the file name don't import into the Library. Workaround: add the file extension (such as .png) to the file name.
  • 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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