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Google docs tips and tricks

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These are some great pointers about using Google Docs

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Google docs tips and tricks

  1. 1. 1. Video storageSometimes one doesnt want to upload a videoto YouTube for everyone to see. Well, you canupload it (providing it isnt too big) to GoogleDocs and then share the link or even embed itsomewhere.
  2. 2. A video is uploading to Google Docs
  3. 3. This is how it looks in Google Docs
  4. 4. It plays like this within Google Docs. Can be shared.
  5. 5. 2. File storageYou can upload various documents all created inMicrosoft Word to Google Docs and they willautomatically be given a web URL if you want toshare them. This could b a great way of adding alink to a blog, for example, when you want toshare a document that doesnt have a URL if it isjust on your computer. You can also saveJPEG and MP3 files.
  6. 6. An MP3 has been uploaded.Each type of document has a different icon
  7. 7. An MP3 in My Music file in My Documents It is uploading to Google Docs
  8. 8. It is uploaded An MP3 can’t play in Google Docs. It has to be downloaded
  9. 9. Your document is alwaysgiven an URL that you can share
  10. 10. 3. Google Docs and iPadsGoogle Docs can be used on an iPad which isvery useful! I dont know about creating apresentation though. That doesnt seempossible to me. (You CAN view a presentation onthe iPad)See how to make an app link or iPad here
  11. 11. 4. Google Docs on the goIf you have documents that you want to be ableto work on wherever you are then Google Docsis a good alternative to Dropbox. You can use itfrom wherever just be signing in.
  12. 12. 5. Collaborate with non-Google usersDid you know that at least 100 people can writeat the same time in a Google Doc! (Exaggerationmaybe!) The best things is that they dont haveto be Google users. If you share your doc andmake it public and editable by those who havethe link, they can write!
  13. 13. You might have introducedyourself on the course as anon-Google user with just a link
  14. 14. 6. Drop and drag your documentsYou can still drag and drop between your harddrive and your Google Docs account, though thisonly works in Chrome or Firefox.This also works with images right into a Googledocument.
  15. 15. Just drag a file across fromyour hard Drive to Google Docs
  16. 16. The file uploads and thenappears in your Google Docs
  17. 17. 7. Revision historyA very useful aspect of Google Docs is that youcan go to File/Revision history and see all thechanges made to a document. I love the factthat you dont have to save a document inGoogle Docs - it saves automatically. No lostfiles!
  18. 18. Go to File/Revision history
  19. 19. The history appears
  20. 20. 8. Chrome extensions can help you do all sorts of thingsWe’ll look at three:a)Google Dictionary extensionb)Send to Google Docs extensionc) WatchDoc extension
  21. 21. 8a: Google Dictionary extension This extension can be added to Chrome
  22. 22. Now, when in a website onejust double clicks on a word to get the meaning.
  23. 23. 8b: Send to Google Docs extension This enables you to save webpages while you are surfing
  24. 24. It looks like this on yourChrome browser’s top right corner
  25. 25. This is how it happens 1 2
  26. 26. 8c) WatchDoc extension This tells you if a collaborator has added to your document
  27. 27. A button appears that will show a number in a particular document
  28. 28. 9. Google templatesIf you go down to templates under Create inyour Google Docs area youll see Templates.Click there and youll find the most amazingselection of templates for all sorts of documentssuch as: (Youll need to be signed in to yourGoogle account to view these hyperlinks)
  29. 29. Templates continued…• All categories• Albums & Flipbooks• Business• Calculators• Calendars & Schedules• Cards & Certificates• Holiday• Labels & Business Cards• Legal• Letters & Faxes• Miscellaneous• Personal Finance• Presentation Designs• Resumes & Cover Letters• Statistics• Students & Teachers
  30. 30. 10. Back up all your docs in one go You can tick all the documents you want to back up to your hard drive
  31. 31. Then click onMore/Download
  32. 32. It will export it as a zipped file
  33. 33. 11. View documents on full screen Click on View/full screen to see a document in full screen
  34. 34. 12. Tips from othersThe Internet is full of posts where others share their tips and tricksabout Google Docs:a) 10 Tips & Tricks for Google Docsb) 15 tips and tricks to get the most out of Google Docsc) 6 Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Google Docsd) Tips for Google Docs userse) Google Docs for Learning on Scoop.itf) Great ways too use Google Docs presented visuallyg) Search the web from within your Google Doch) Google Drive tipsi) 52 great Google Docs secrets for studentsj) Google Docs secrets: 20 power tips
  35. 35. That’s it!

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