• If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • Browse and search Google Drive and Gmail attachments (plus Dropbox and Slack files) with a unified tool for working with your cloud files. Try Dokkio (from the makers of PBworks) for free. Now available on the web, Mac, Windows, and as a Chrome extension!


Google Docs

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Google Docs



Even now, with Internet access through public libraries and cafes becoming quite common and inexpensive, it can still be difficult to find access to expensive office software applications when you are away from your home or work computer.  And working on a group project can mean a glut of email attachments and confusing multiple versions.


Good news!  Now there are Web-based technologies that allow you not only to create documents online, but to collaborate in real-time and store your work online....FREE!  All you need is a computer with Internet access and a free account through Google. 


Google Docs allows users to word-process, work with spreadsheets, and now even create slide presentations (think PowerPoint).  If you are used to using Microsoft Office products such as MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, the Google Docs interface will look familiar and you will find many of the same functions available in Google Docs. The newest feature is some cool templates (go to docs.google.com/templates).


Discovery ResourcesImage courtesy of CommonCraft.com


  • Check out this tutorial by Google for an overview Google Docs
  • You will need to create an account to use Google Docs.  Note that this account will not automatically give you a Gmail email account, but if you do sign up for a Gmail account too, you will be able to access both Gmail and Google Docs with one sign in.
  • Google Docs in Plain English is an inspired little film that explains the value of online collaboration and document management in terms anyone can understand.


Discovery Exercise 


  1. View the Google Docs tutorial video (mentioned above in Discovery Resources) to get an overview of the features of the document and spreadsheet functions.  
  2. Sign up for a Google account so that you can try Google Docs.  You will find more help on setting up an account and using Google Docs at the Google Docs Help Center
  3. Make a basic test document, spreadsheet, or presentation.  Try some of the buttons to see if they do what you expect.  Save your document and try sharing it with someone (if you share it with terzahbecker@gmail.com, Terzah will email you a response to let you know it worked).
  4. Create a blog post about your experience and thoughts about this tool.  Can you see the potential of this tool for work or personal document creation?  How might you use this here at BPL? 


Tracking Your Progress


Congratulations! You're now done with the seventh BPL 2.0 exercise!  Don't forget to send an email to beckert@bouldercolorado.gov with the URL for the permanent link to your blog post about your work with web-based office applications.






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