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Google Docs

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Google Docs is a great collaboration tool you can use to create and share documents completely online. Here's a few things you should know about Google Docs:
  • You must have a Google Account in order to use Google Docs. Signing up is fast and free, and you'll only have to do it once. Sign up for a Google Account.
  • You can create a spreadsheet online. Google Docs' spreadsheet editor allows up to 10K rows, which obviously is a LOT of room for anything you might come up with.
  • You can upload existing documents and edit them online. Why would you want to do this? Say you're working on a group project; you can collaborate in real-time and edit side by side.
  • You can store your work on Google's servers. This is an option if you're travelling and need some mobile storage, however, this is not the default option and you don't have to do it.
  • You can make your documents public. Again, this is not the default, but if you choose to, you can share your documents with the world. If you do choose to publicly publish, keep in mind that your documents could show up in the regular Google search results.
  • You can edit and collaborate in real-time. You can pick and choose who you want to do this; you can just send them an invite and then work together to get the project done.
  • You can save your files to your own computer. Once you're done creating a document or spreadsheet, you can save your work to your own computer in a variety of file formats.
  • You can publish your work to a web page. Now this part is slick. You can publish your documents as a web page and Google will format the HTML for you. Nice!

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