Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes

How to use Google’s free online storage service and word processor.
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  • Lectures 8
  • Length 34 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

Do you have 30 minutes to spare? It's all you'll need to get up to speed with Google Drive and Google Docs, two free programs in Google’s online productivity suite. Millions of people use Drive and Docs every day on their computers and mobile devices. You, too, can use Drive and Docs to perform the following tasks:

  • Write reports, letters, and resumes with Google Docs
  • Collaborate online with classmates and colleagues
  • Sync files from your home computer to a work computer, and vice versa
  • Perform limited editing of Microsoft Word documents
  • Print documents using Google Cloud Print
  • Export PDFs
  • Publish documents and spreadsheets online
  • Use the Google Drive app and the Google Docs app on your Android phone or tablet, or iPhone or iPad to create and edit files on the go

This 30-minute class is narrated by the author of the top-selling guide, Google Drive & Google Docs In 30 Minutes. The course includes lectures on registration, finding and organizing files, creating documents and formatting them, working with Microsoft Word documents in Google Docs, and a complete review of the interfaces for Google Drive and Google Docs on the Web and mobile devices. The tone of this guide is friendly and easy to understand, with lots of step-by-step instructions and examples that show exactly what to do.

In addition to serving as a solid introduction to new users, it's great for people making the transition from Microsoft Office, not to mention teachers using Google Drive for education and Google Docs in the classroom.

What are the requirements?

  • Students will need to have an Internet-connected computer PC or Mac with the Google Chrome browser installed, or a Chromebook using Chrome OS to follow along with the lessons.
  • For the mobile app instructions, a tablet or phone using Android or iOS will be required, along with the Google Drive and Google Docs mobile apps.
  • For the section on syncing files to a PC or Mac, the Google Drive application will need to be installed. The video explains how to download the application to a PC or Mac.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Register for Google Drive, using a new or existing Google Account
  • Understand the Google Drive interface, and what all of the icons mean
  • Collaborate with other users, and control sharing settings
  • Create a document in Google Docs, and apply formatting using the Docs toolbar
  • Add images, page numbers, headers and footers, and other information
  • Learn the limitations of Google Docs compared to Microsoft Word
  • Work with Microsoft Word documents in Google Docs, including editing and file conversion
  • Restore deleted files
  • Find, organize, and share files using the Google Drive mobile app for Android and iOS devices such as the iPhone
  • Open documents in the Google Docs mobile app for Android or iOS, and apply limited editing
  • Sync files to multiple computers using the Google Drive app for PCs and Macs

What is the target audience?

  • This course serves as a solid introduction to new users to Google Drive and Docs, as well as people who have signed up for Google Drive and Google Docs but haven’t quite gotten the hang of the interfaces.
  • It’s appropriate for professionals who have to use Google’s free online office suite at work, school, or home.
  • The instructions apply to ordinary Google Accounts, as well as users of Google Apps based on a registered domain.
  • The course can by used by teachers and other educational staff using Google Drive for education and Google Docs in the classroom, but note certain features that are unique to educational users (such as student logins) are not covered.

What you get with this course?

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Start Here

Here’s some good news: All you need to get started with Google Drive and Google Docs is a Web browser, an Internet connection, and a Google Account. There’s more good news: If you use an Android phone, or have a Gmail account or are registered to use any other Google service such as YouTube or Google’s Blogger service, you already have a Google Account. You can start using Google Drive and Google Docs right away! If not, this video will show you how to register for a Google Account and get started with Drive and Docs.

Section 2: Interfaces: Navigating Drive, Docs, and the mobile apps

Google Drive is the storage service. As such, it’s really great for finding and organizing files, although you can also use Drive to create new files in Google Docs and other programs. This video will explain what the different icons in Google Drive do, and demonstrate how to create, organize, delete, and restore files.


This lecture will cover the Google Docs home screen, which is used for finding and opening existing Google Docs or Microsoft Word files, as well as creating new documents.

The Google Drive and Docs mobile apps are not as full-featured as their Web counterparts, but they are still quite useful. For people who don’t own a laptop or PC, the mobile apps may be the only options to find, create, upload, or edit documents. Apps are available for Android and iOS devices such as the iPhone. This video will demonstrate the interfaces, and will show to perform basic editing using the Google Docs mobile app.
Section 3: Formatting in Google Docs

When it comes to formatting, Google Docs does not hold a candle to Microsoft Word. But, it does the basics pretty well. In this section, we’ll go over the Google Docs toolbar and the various options for formatting your work and inserting objects such as images, page numbers, and headings.

With Office Compatibility Mode, it’s possible to open and edit Microsoft Word documents in Google Docs. However, there are some major limitations, which will be explained in this video.
Section 4: Advanced: Syncing and Collaboration
Collaboration is one of the coolest features of Google Drive and Google Docs. It makes it possible for two or more users to have access to the same file, and edit the file simultaneously. It’s also possible to publish the file on the Web and share a link so other people can access it. Editing is restricted to Google Docs files, or other programs within Google’s online office suite such as Google Sheets or Google Slides. This video will explain how collaboration works, how to set it up and how to restrict collaboration so only people you trust can view, edit, or comment on the document.

A very handy feature of Google Drive is the ability to store copies of files in a dedicated folder which is then backed up to Google’s online servers and synced to any other computer or device that uses the same Google Account. Google Drive comes with enough free storage space to store thousands of documents, spreadsheets, and digital photos. The Google Drive application on your PC or Mac makes it easy to transfer files from your hard drive to Google Drive or download files from Google Drive, without using the browser interface. You can upgrade to 100 gigabytes or more for a reasonable monthly fee. Files generated by Google Docs don’t count toward the account total, but Microsoft Office files, as well PDFs, music, media, and other types of files will use up storage space.

You will need to have a strong Internet connection to install the Google Drive application on a PC or Mac, and to sync lots of files and folders.

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Instructor Biography

Ian Lamont, Publisher of IN 30 MINUTES guides

Ian Lamont is an award-winning technology and business journalist and the founder of i30 Media Corp, a Boston-based publisher of how-to guides. He has written for more than a dozen online and print publications, and was the managing editor of The Industry Standard. He has authored several In 30 Minutes guides, including Dropbox In 30 Minutes, Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes, Twitter 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.

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