If you're just starting with Google Docs, the rich features and add-ons can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you get started with this powerful alternative to Microsoft Word.
What is Google Docs?
If you've already heard of Google Docs, you can continue. If you've never heard of it, you'll find a crash course here for key information. We'll go over the basics and show you what Google Docs is about and how to get started right away.
Google Docs is a free, web-based word processor offered by Google as part of its entire office suite ̵
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Google Docs is available on all devices and platforms. All you need is an Internet connection and a web browser (or the apps on mobile devices). Google will do the rest and do the heavy burden of running the software in the cloud.
Docs supports a variety of file types, including .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, and .odt, to make it easier to view and convert Microsoft Office files directly from Google Drive.
Because Docs is an online word processor, you can share the document with multiple people and collaborate with them to track revisions, changes, and suggestions in real time.  Did you hear enough? Let's go.
How to Open an Account
Before you can use Google Docs, you must first sign up for a Google Account (a @ gmail account). If you already have an account, you can proceed to the next section. If not, we'll go through the simple method of creating a Google Account and set up with Google Docs & Spreadsheets.
Go to accounts.google.com, click Create Account, and then click For Me.
On the next page you will need to enter some information such as first and last name, username and password to create an account. 
You also need to verify your phone number to make sure you are an actual human and not a bot.
How to Create a Blank Document
Now that you have a Google Account, you can create your first document. Go to Google Docs and place the cursor on the multicolor "+" icon in the lower right corner.
The + becomes a blue pencil symbol; Click on it.
Chrome Pro Tip: If you're using Google Chrome, you can enter
. docs.new into the omnibox and press Enter to automatically create and open a new blank document.
Importing a Microsoft Word Document
You may have access to even though you are new to Google Docs already have a collection of Microsoft Word files you want to use. In this case, you must upload all your Word documents before you can view them. Some of the advanced features and formatting of some Word documents may not be supported, but this works quite well.
When importing a Word document, you can upload your files using either Google Docs or Drive. With both methods, you can drag and drop a file from your computer directly into the web browser for easy uploading. Your drive stores all your uploaded files. However, if you switch to the Google Docs home page, only document-type files are displayed.
From the Google Docs home page, click the folder icon in the top right corner, and then click the Upload tab.
Once When the Word file is uploaded, Docs automatically opens and edits it , released and collaborated.
To open a Word document that you want to edit, click the file with the blue "W" next to the file name from your Google Docs homepage.
Click either View Word File or Edit Docs.
If you are finished with w You can use the document to download your document back to DOCX or PDF, ODT, TXT, HTML or EPUB format. Click File> Download As and then the format you want. The download takes place directly in the location of the files in your browser.
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Checking spelling in Google Docs
After you have some documents, you must make sure that spelling and grammar are correct. Docs comes with a spelling checker that highlights the error every time you misspell something and asks you to make a change.
This option should be enabled by default, but you can do that under Tools> Spelling> Errors underlined.
Right-click the word with the line below to display spelling corrections and suggestions. Alternatively, press Ctrl + Alt + X (Windows) or Command + Alt + X (Mac) to open the Spell Checker and Grammar tool.
Another way to access the spelling checker is to click the icon with an A and a check mark. This activates the tool and analyzes the document for spelling and grammar.
In addition to a spell checker, Google Docs has a built-in dictionary and thesaurus. All you have to do is mark a word, right-click on it and then click on "Define [word]".
Getting Started Learn more about spelling and grammar checking in Docs for more information.
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How to Work on Documents Along with Others
One of the best features of Google Docs is the ability to generate a sharable link that anyone can use to suggest changes or edit your document. Instead of sending a file back and forth between employees, you can make edits and suggestions at the same time as if they were all distributed in real time to the same computer. The only difference is that each person uses their own text input cursor on their PC.
In the document you want to share, click the blue Share button to specify how and with whom you want to send an email link to your file. You can manually enter e-mail addresses or click "Get Sharable link" in the top corner to distribute the invitation yourself.
From the drop-down menu, you can Edit how much energy the shared users have over the file when you select one of the following options:
- Off: Sharing is disabled. If you previously shared a link with others, it stops working and revokes all the permissions they once had.
- Any user with the link can edit: Grants shared users full read / write access. However, you still can not delete it from your drive – this only applies to the contents of the file.
- Anyone with the link can comment: Allows shared users to leave comments, this is great for team projects.
- Anyone with the link can view : Shared users can view the file but can not edit it. This is the default action when you share a file, and the best option if you're trying to share a file for download.
You can do much more with these shared links. These also work with other drive files and so on mobile phone, mobile phone. Further information on how these links work and how they are generated can be found in our article.
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] View all recent changes to a document
Sharing documents with other users makes it difficult to keep track of all small changes when you're away from the office. There's a revision history. Google Docs keeps track of any changes that occur in a document and groups them into points to keep the clutter down. You can even reset a file by clicking on one of the previous versions listed in the history.
You can see a list of all recent changes by clicking File> Version History> View Version History.
How to Suggest Editing a Document
If you are the owner of a document And prefer this for collaborators If you need to suggest changes to your file (rather than editing them directly), you can set the access permission to Suggestions. This allows other users to edit a document without worrying about others playing around in your file. When an employee makes a change, the owner receives an e-mail notification of the proposed change and can choose to keep the change or discard it.
If you look at the top right of the document window, your current status is displayed. If you see "Suggesting", you can start. If you see "Edit" or "Show", click this button and then the "Suggest" option.
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How to Find That Word and number of pages
By default, Google Docs does not display the word or page number, but it is easy to validate without a manual count. So, if you have a strict word limit for a task or want to keep track of the amount you're writing, you can view the details of your work based on the word count. You can even mark text from each paragraph to see how many words are in the selection.
To view the word / page number of your document, click Tools> Word Count or press Ctrl + Shift + C and Command + Shift + C on Windows.
You can also find the word count for a particular text string by highlighting and jumping back. Click Tools> Word Count (or use the keyboard shortcut).
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How to use Google Docs offline
What happens if you need to access Google Docs but are not connected to the Internet? Although Google Docs is a web-based product, you can not use it offline. You'll need to download an extension for Chrome and make sure you've previously turned it on for offline use. Any changes you make to the file will be updated the next time you connect to the Internet.
After downloading the official extension for Chrome, go to the Google Docs home page and click the Hamburger menu> Preferences menu in the top left corner. Set "Offline" to "On" and click "OK".
To save space on your local computer, Google downloads only the latest files and creates them, accessed files are available offline. To manually activate a file, click the three-dot icon and turn "Offline Available" to "On".
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Adding Page Numbers to a Document
Page numbers are a visual tool that shows the reader which page they are currently on. They also help you organize physical sheets and arrange them in the right order (you know when you print them). Google Docs does not automatically generate page numbers in files. You have to add them manually. However, you can easily paste them into the header or footer of your document.
To add a page number to all pages, click Insert> Header & Page Number> Page Number. A pop-up window will appear, allowing you to select a page number style.
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Controlling margins in Google Docs
 Margins are the white areas that delineate your document in all directions, and because margins create an invisible border, you can increase the usable space on the page as you reduce the size of the margins. If you need to change the space at the edges of all the pages in a file, you need to manage the margins with the ruler at the side and at the top of the document.
If you prefer to manually enter margins, click File> Page Setup, then type the amount of blank m, which should be displayed on each page, and then click "OK".
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Adding a Text Box to a Document
Adding text fields to Google Docs is a great way to highlight relevant information and draw attention to specific elements of a document, but creating a drawing sign is not an easy process and is hidden in an unlikely place: in
To access the drawing menu, go to Insert> Draw and click the text box icon in the menu bar. 
. Now click with the mouse and drag the desired text field into the field provided. Then add the text you want.
Click "Save & Close" to insert the text box into your document if you want finished.
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Adding a table of contents
A table of contents is a way to show readers every topic / chapter listed in the document. This feature automatically generates one and uses links that jump to each section as you click. So if you have a large document, you can quickly access certain parts without having to scroll through it all.
Click Insert> Table of Contents, and then click one of the two available options. The first option is a plain text table of contents with numbers on the right side for printed documents. The second option does not use page numbers, but inserts hyperlinks that jump to the specified section to display documents online.
Note that to create an automatically generated table of contents that references specific sections of your document, you will use every chapter – or title – of Google Text's built-in feature & Tables must format header styles. That way Docs can fill the table and add clickable links.
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The Best Google Docs Add-Ons
After you've learned all the basics of Google Docs By adding add-ons, you can become a real power user. Add-ons are similar to Web browser extensions, but are specific to Google Docs and allow you to get additional features from third-party developers. You can install tools to increase productivity with additional proofreaders, document signing apps, an in-document translator, and even a teacher section.
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