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Benefits of Google Documents (Especially for Group Projects)
- Share and edit documents: Easily share and edit documents with anyone.
- Anywhere access: Documents are available from any computer with Internet access.
- Real time collaboration: See real time edits from other collaborators.
- Comments and chat: As you edit the document, you can have a discussion with other document editors about the changes through the Comment or Chat features.
- Multiple formats: Upload/download documents in multiple file formats.
Creating a Google Doc
Creating Google Documents (Docs) or Presentations (Slides) in Google Drive
Note: If using Google Documents or Presentations for a group project, one member of the group will need to create the document or presentation and share it with the other group members.
To create a new Google Document or Presentation, click on the New button and then click on Google Docs or Google Slides.
- Your Google Document or Presentation will open in a new window.
- The document defaults to the title, Untitled document or Untitled presentation.
- To name your document, click in the box at the top that has Untitled document or Untitled presentation.
- Enter in a document or presentation name in the box that pops up.
- Hit the OK button or the Enter key on your keyboard to save.
- To modify your document or presentation, type in the document or slide to enter text and use the formatting toolbar and file menus for formatting options.
Sharing a Google doc
Sharing a Google Document or Presentation with your Peers/Group Members
- In Google Drive, click on your document or presentation to open it.
- Once in the document or presentation, click the Share button.
- Click the Advanced link.
- At the “Sharing settings” window:
- In the “Invite people:” field, type in your colleagues’ or students’ names or email addresses.
- Select either “Can edit”, “Can comment”, or “Can view” to assign permissions.
- Click the OK button.
- Click the Done button.