Using Google Docs: The Basics for Students Paul Jude Beauvais August 29, 2010.
<ul><li><p>Using Google Docs:The Basics for StudentsPaul Jude BeauvaisAugust 29, 2010</p></li><li><p>What Is Google Docs?Google Docs is a free online service that writers can use for composing and storing documents. The Google Docs site also allows writers to share their online documents with others so that several people may work on a single document without e-mailing it back and forth.</p></li><li><p>Using Google Docs: Why?Google Docs is free. Writers can use it without purchasing any software or paying any fees. (Students dont need to buy Microsoft Office.)Google Docs users can access their documents from any computer because the documents are stored online. (Users also can download documents to work on them off-line.)</p></li><li><p>Setting Up an Account (1)Go to docs.google.com and bookmark this page.Click on the Get Started Button.Enter your e-mail address.Enter a password.Re-enter the password.</p></li><li><p>Setting Up an Account (2)Uncheck stay signed in and Enable Web History.Type the provided verification word in the Word Verification box.Click the button labeled I accept. Create my account. (This should take you to the Account Creation Confirmation page.)</p></li><li><p>Setting Up an Account (3)On the Account Creation Confirmation page, click the link labeled Click here to continue. (This should take you to your Google Docs main page, where you can create and manage documents.)Although you now can create Google Docs, you cant share them with anyone until you verify your account. (The next few slides explain how to do this.)</p></li><li><p>Verifying an Account (1)Sign out of Google Docs. Check your e-mail at the address you entered when registering for Google Docs. There you should find a message with the subject line Google Email Verification. Open this message.</p></li><li><p>Verifying an Account (2)In the Google Email Verification message, click on the link that follows the sentence, To activate your account and verify your email address, please click on the following link. A window will pop up to confirm that you have verified your account.Click the button that says Click here to continue. This will return you to the sign-in page for Google Docs. Sign in again.</p></li><li><p>Creating a New Documentin Google Docs (1) After signing in, click on the New button. (Its the left-most button in the blue toolbar.)Select Document from the list of options. (A blank document labeled Untitled will open.)To rename the document, click on the word untitled. (You will be prompted to give the document a new name.)Begin composing using the default settings.</p></li><li><p>Creating a New Documentin Google Docs (2) Google Docs are formatted for viewing on a screen, not a page. For this reason, they display without margins, page breaks, or page numbers. However, you can add some of these features while youre working on a document, and you can add other features if you format the document for printing.</p></li><li><p>Creating a New Documentin Google Docs (3) The default settings for a Google Doc are ten-point Verdana type in a single-spaced document.To change these settings, click on the Edit button (in the light blue menu below the document name) and select Document Style. This will open a window that provides options for changing type face, type size, line spacing, and other features.</p></li><li><p>Creating a New Documentin Google Docs (4) If you want to make a Google Doc display in a page-like portrait format instead of a screen-like landscape format, click on View and select Fixed width page view. This will display the document as one continuous page that is 8.5 inches wide. (You can continue composing in this mode.)</p></li><li><p>Saving a New Documentin Google DocsTo save a Google Doc in your Google Docs site, click on the Save button in the upper-right corner. This saves the document in the Web Archive (*.mht) format, designed for viewing within the Google Docs site.You also can save by clicking the File button in the light blue menu below the file name, and then clicking Save.</p></li><li><p>Uploading a Word Document to Google Docs (1) In addition to creating documents in Google Docs, you can upload Word documents to Google Docs from your computer. Some layout features are lost when a Word document is uploaded. Many (but not all) of these features can be restored when you work on the document in Google Docs.The simpler the Word document, the easier it will be to work on in Google Docs.</p></li><li><p>Uploading a Word Document to Google Docs (2) On your main Google Docs page, click on the Upload button in the blue tool bar at the top of the page.Click on the Browse button, and select a file from your computer. Then click Open.</p></li><li><p>Uploading a Word Document to Google Docs (3) Either keep the current name of the document or type a new name in the box marked What do you want to call it?Click the Upload File button. The file will open in Google Docs.You now can work on the file as a Google Doc and share it with others through Google Docs.</p></li><li><p>Sharing a Google Doc (1) A Google Doc can be shared with other people who have Google Docs accounts. When you share a document with someone, it appears on the list of documents in the persons main Google Docs page. The person can open the document from that page.</p></li><li><p>Sharing a Google Doc (2) When you share a Google Doc with someone, you can designate whether the recipient will be a collaborator (i.e., someone who can change the document) or just a viewer (i.e., someone who can see the document but cant change it).If you do allow recipients to change a document, you can track the changes and accept or reject them.</p></li><li><p>Sharing a Google Doc (3) To share a document with someone, begin by opening the document. (Do this by clicking on it in your list of documents on your main page.)When the document is open, click on the blue Share button in the upper right-hand corner above the document. Then select Invite people. This will open a window labeled Share with others.</p></li><li><p>Sharing a Google Doc (4) In the Share with others window, type (or paste) the e-mail addresses of the recipients with whom you want to share the document.Click to select either the To edit button (if you want the recipients to be able to change the document) or the To view button (if you want the recipients to be able to read the document but not to change it).</p></li><li><p>Sharing a Google Doc (5) You can share a document without notifying the recipient (in which case it will just appear in the persons list of Google docs), or you can notify the person by e-mail.To share the document without notifying the recipient, click the link labeled Add without sending invitation.To notify the recipient, type a subject line and message. Then click the Send button.</p></li><li><p>Sharing a Google Doc (6) After clicking the Share button, a window will appear to confirm that your message has been sent. Click the Save & Close button to conclude the sharing process.</p></li><li><p>Sharing a Google Doc (7) To remove recipients or change their privileges, click on the Share button and then select the option See who has access. This will open a Share with others window, with recipients listed on the left.A drop-down menu appears following each recipients name. Select the None option in this menu to remove a recipient.After making changes, click Save & Close.</p></li><li><p>Editing a Google Docas a Collaborator (1) When someone shares a document with a recipient through Google Docs, the document appears in the list of documents on the recipients main Google Docs page.The recipient can click on the document to open it.</p></li><li><p>Editing a Google Docas a Collaborator (2) If a recipient has collaborator privileges, s/he can type changes right in the document, just as the owner of the document would.After changing a document as a collaborator, click Save and Close.</p></li><li><p>Printing a Google Doc (1) The default settings for a printed Google Doc are one-inch margins all around and no page numbers. To change these settings, click on File (in the light blue menu below the document name) and select Print Settings. This will open a window where you can change all four margins and add page numbers.</p></li><li><p>Printing a Google Doc (2) Changes in the Print options for a Google Doc do not display automatically, but you can preview features such as margins, page breaks, and page numbers.Click on Edit and then select Print Preview. This will display all print features of the document (including page breaks and page numbers); however, you cannot compose in this mode.</p></li><li><p>Printing a Google Doc (3) To print a document, begin by opening the document.Click on the File button (in the light blue menu below the name of the document), and then select Print. This will open a Print window where you can make the usual choices (i.e., which pages to print, how many copies to print, and so on).</p></li></ul>