Google Docs <ul><li>Google Docs is part of the Web 2.0 “cloud” of available sharing software. </li></ul><ul><li>You can create a document in Word and upload it to Google Docs or you can create it directly in Google Docs. </li></ul><ul><li>This is helpful if your computer is not equipped with the Microsoft Office programs. It still allows you to create documents for sharing with others. </li></ul>
<ul><ul><li>To get started, type https://docs.google.com/ into your browser </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You may be asked to sign in. If this is the case, you will need to use a Gmail account. You can easily create one in under 5 minutes by clicking on the Gmail link. </li></ul></ul>
Click on the drop-down arrow next to Create New and choose Document The next two choices are online versions of PowerPoint and Excel, which we won’t be working with today.
Notice the toolbars are very much the same. Type in some text and try formatting it. The icons on the toolbars are recognizable because of your familiarity with Word.
Click File-Rename. You will notice that it tries to save your document the same as the first line of type. Rename this to Practice One.
Notice your document now has a title Try out some of the formatting features – you will see that they work the same way. There are not as many features as Microsoft Word; Google Docs will allow you to do only the most basic work.
Once your document has been named, you can continue to make changes to it. Just remember to click “Save” as you work. (either the “Save” icon or File-Save) Once your work is finished, you have several options for sharing your work. Click on Share on the right side of the page. Try different methods of sharing to see what works best for you.