(Summer 2013: New screenshots and updated product information) Do you have 30 minutes to spare? It's all you'll need to get up to speed with Google Drive, a free online office suite that duplicates most of the functionality of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Millions of people use Google Drive and its popular word processor, Docs, every day. You too can use Drive and ...
(Summer 2013: New screenshots and updated product information) Do you have 30 minutes to spare? It's all you'll need to get up to speed with Google Drive, a free online office suite that duplicates most of the functionality of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Millions of people use Google Drive and its popular word processor, Docs, every day. You too can use Drive and Docs to perform the following tasks:
• Write letters and reports
• Enter data into Sheets, Google's free online spreadsheet program
• Give presentations using Slides
• Collaborate online with classmates and colleagues on important documents
• Convert documents to different file formats
• Print documents, drawings, and spreadsheets
• Export PDFs
• Make pie charts, bar charts, and simple tables
• Publish documents and spreadsheets online
There are a lot of features, including some unfamiliar ones for people who are used to Microsoft Office. "Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes" cuts through the clutter, using screenshots, step-by-step instructions, and plain English. After covering registration, file creation and other basics, the book zeroes in on the most important time-saving tips and productivity tools. Highlights include:
• Converting files between Microsoft Office and Google Drive formats.
• Best practices for organizing files in Google Drive.
• What to expect with collaboration in Google Drive.
• Using Google Drive on phones and tablets: What works, and what doesn't.
• Accessing older versions of files.
• How to publish your documents to the Web for colleagues or members of the public to view.
• Sorting and filtering data in Google Spreadsheets (with examples).
• Using Web Forms to gather data.
• Google Slides: Is it a suitable alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote?
• Working with offline files.
• Downloading third-party apps.
"Google Drive And Docs In 30 Minutes" is authored by Ian Lamont, an award-winning technology journalist and digital media entrepreneur.
Note: In 30 Minutes® guides are published by i30 Media Corporation. They are not a part of or otherwise associated with the "For Dummies" series, published by Wiley.
Ian Lamont is an experienced writer and digital media entrepreneur. He has written for more than a dozen online and print publications, including Computerworld, The Industry Standard, The Economist Intelligence Unit and the BBC World Service. He has also authored an MIT business case and an IEEE conference paper. His writing and editorial work has garnered industry awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the American Society of Business Publication Editors, and the Trade Association and Business Publications International.
He has authored several In 30 Minutes™ guides, including Dropbox In 30 Minutes, Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes, and Excel Basics In 30 Minutes.
Lamont is a graduate of the Boston University College of Communication and MIT’s Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership.