The past several days here at “What’s On My PC” I have been focused on various office suites that are available for FREE for folks at home. Each of those suites requires software to be installed. Another, online option, that requires no installation, that I find many people at home overlook is Google Docs (which includes Google Docs, Sheets and Slides). You can do a lot with this office suite and you can even configure this office suite so that you can save and open your files, even when you are offline (not connected to the internet). The only requirement to turn “on” offline use is that you use the Google Chrome browser and install a browser extension (see instructions below).
I find that most folks at home are unaware that Google has its’ own office suite that is FREE; and, can be used even when the computer is not connected to the internet (see setup instructions below). Why spend a ton of money on Microsoft Office when you are not a power user; you no longer need it for work or school; and, all you are doing is typing the occasional letter or even doing a basic spreadsheet? Also, the components of Google’s office suite does a pretty good job reading Microsoft Office files.
Anyhow, if interested, here are the setup instructions on “How To Setup Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides For Offline Use” that I captured from Google’s support site. Continue reading “Here is How To Setup Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides For Offline Use”
Google Docs is a powerful text editor. It is easy to use and has a pretty intuitive layout. It has many features and options routinely found in desktop word processors, which is pretty impressive considering it is a web-based app. The roster also includes the ability to change the page orientation. In this article, we’ll explore the Landscape side of Google Docs and take a closer look at other page setup options.
A nice side effect of moving a Keep note to Google Docs is that it makes the note easier to move to another platform. Once it’s saved as a Google Doc, you can export it as a Microsoft Word doc, a PDF, or even an ePUB. I’ve also found some situations where I wanted to de-clutter Google Keep, but I did not want to delete my potentially important note. In these cases, I will copy it to Google Docs and then delete the note on Google Keep.
You can crop and edit images in Google Docs. To do this, click on the image in your document, then click on the “Format” menu (at the top), and select “Image”. You will then find the cropping option as well as “Image Options” where you can perform recoloring and adjustments for transparency, brightness and contrast. “Reset” will return the image to its’ original format.
This is big news…
Editing Microsoft Office files in Google Docs is a pain. You can view them there, but you’ve previously had to convert them to Google’s format before you could edit, comment, and collaborate inside Docs. That’s about to change: Google just announced that it’s adding native support for Microsoft’s Word, Excel, and PowerPoint formats — like .docx, .xls, and .ppt — which will let you do real-time collaboration in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
If you are not familiar with Google Docs then take a look at these 11 Steps in using Google Docs. It is a good intro toward helping you understand that Google Docs may be all that you need when it comes to drafting your documents. It is like this… You can spend a great deal of money for Microsoft Office or you can go with Google Docs; which is FREE. If you already have a Gmail account, then you are you are already set up to start using Google Docs right away.
Source: Using Google Docs: 11 Steps
Google Docs is a very powerful word processor that is available (for FREE) to anyone who has a Google (Gmail) Account. One feature in Google Docs that you may be interested in trying is the “Voice Type” feature where you can type and edit by speaking. This feature not only works in Google Docs, but also works in the Google Slides speaker notes. Voice Type only works when opening Google Docs through the Google Chrome web browser and you will need a working microphone connected to your computer. The newer notebook PC’s have mic’s built in.
To try Voice Type, follow the instructions below:
- Turn on your microphone.
- Open a document in Google Docs.
- Click on “Tools”; then “Voice Typing” (a microphone box will appear)
- When you are ready to dictate or speak, click on the microphone icon.
- Speak clearly using a normal volume and speed.
- When done, click on the microphone icon.
- After you start voice typing, you can use commands to edit and format your document. For example, “Select paragraph,” “italics,” or “Go to the end of the line.” (Note: There are numerous commands you can use to edit and format a document. To get a listing of these commands, “CLICK HERE“).
SOURCE: Google Docs