Google docs can be used for all sorts of things. They are also very useful since they can be easily shared with others. You can easily allow the viewers to edit your Google Doc or simply share it with them in read-only mode.
Here are a few ways that I use Google Docs:
- Keeping track of your bills: payment amounts, due dates, balances, interest rates, credit limit
- Group signups: Party RSVPs, organizing dishes needed for get together or family reunions, etc., Class roster, blogger sign ups for group giveaways, etc.
- Helping My Kids With Homework: My son can type his papers on a Google Document and I can spell check it for him. When either of us edits his paper, it automatically updates on both of our computers. My son also shares his papers with his classmates when they are working on a group project.
- Working online with AdvertiseWithBloggers: blogger sign ups for group giveaways, Website sign ups
Directions for setting up a Google Doc:
You need to log into your Gmail account and select “Drive” from the bar above the google search bar for your email. When you are looking for “Drive” you will see the following options: Search, Images, Maps, Play, YouTuve, News, Gmail, Drive, Calendar, More
Once you select “Drive,” you will see a red box on the left that says “Create,” from here you can select what type of doc you’d like to use: folder, document, presentation, spreadsheet, form or drawing. I use a spreadsheet for something that I set up for myself such as my monthly bill information sheet, and I create a form when I will be sending the form to others requesting their information.
Now you are ready to start creating your new document. You can easily add pages to it by clicking the plus sign on the bottom left hand corner and naming each page. You can also rename your Google Doc pages by double clicking the default wording and typing your new page name.
Sharing your Google Doc:
There is a share button in the upper right hand corner, double click the button and follow the prompts. You can easily invite people to share your doc and also send them a message along with your doc invitation which they will receive in their email. There is also a link that you can share instead of sending the doc through email. As long as the recipient has the link, they will be able to access the doc.
Locate your Google Docs:
Once you begin making Google Docs, you will need to be able to quickly locate them. Go into your Gmail account and click on “Drive.” You will see “My Drive” which will contain the docs you made, then you can also find docs in Shared With Me, Starred, Recent and More.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I love Google Docs and think they can add organization to everyone’s life.