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Google Drive And Docs In 30 Minutes: The Unofficial Guide To Google's Free Online Office And Storage Suite

Google Drive And Docs In 30 Minutes: The Unofficial Guide To Google's Free Online Office And Storage Suite [Kindle Edition]

Ian Lamont
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(Updated December 2013 with high-resolution photos and new 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. Whether you own a business, work at an office or school, or are a student, 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 Microsoft Office documents to Google Drive, and vice versa
• 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. He has written several books in the In 30 Minutes® series, including "Dropbox In 30 Minutes", one of the top-selling educational reference titles on, and the recently released "Twitter In 30 Minutes".

About the Author

Check out my latest title, Twitter In 30 Minutes!. I've helped people understand technology for years, first as a journalist and blogger, and later as the publisher of In 30 Minutes guides. My media career started more than 20 years ago and has spanned three continents. It includes a stint in the British music business and a six-year residence in Taipei, where I learned Mandarin and worked for a local TV network and newspaper. I am a graduate of the Boston University College of Communication, the Harvard Extension School, and MIT's Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8738 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985886722
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: i30 Media; 1.5 edition (1 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00949ZPA8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,640 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Thanks for your interest in the In 30 Minutes™ guides! I've been writing about technology since the 1990s, and in the 2000s was an editor for several well-known IT and Internet publications including Computerworld and The Industry Standard. More recently, I have written a series of short guides that will help you get the most out of Dropbox, Google Docs, Excel, the iPod touch, and other technology topics.

Some little-known facts about me:
* I can speak Mandarin, thanks to a years-long residency in Taiwan.
* In the early 1990s, I lived in London and worked for an unusual pop music act called The KLF.
* As a youth, I read a lot of science fiction. Some day, I hope to contribute to the genre by writing a full-length sci-fi novel.

To learn more about the In 30 Minutes titles, please visit You can also keep up with my activities by following my @ilamont Twitter account.

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Google Drive is a multi-platform, free mini-office suite from Google. It has versions for the PC, iPads and iPhones, and Chromebooks (it is a major component of the Chrome OS) and there is a client for Android which allows Google documents created on one device or computer and in its Google Drive folder to be viewed on any other compatible platform. Google offer little or no written instructions on its use and this book is one of a very few to fill that need.

The component apps are undemanding, far less capable and complete than Microsoft Office and those such as LibreOffice or OpenOffice or any other similar package. However, for basic letter writing, inter-office reports, simple spreadsheets and presentations Google Docs will probably meet most people's normal needs. One thing that it can do that the more complex products cannot do quite as readily or at all is to allow group contributions. One person can edit another's work provided that they are members of the same network or have access to it via a provided link; instead of saving its files to a local hard drive, memory stick or some other device they are all in the Cloud. It will therefore allow remote contributions from many people, simultaneously or independently, to a magazine, book or other large publication.

The book is a short one, barely more than 100 pages, is easy to read even for those with minimal computing knowledge and is sufficient to cover most of the offered functions in some depth. However, not all options within a function are covered but there is more than enough to get you started. Thanks to its brevity and easy writing style, it should satisfy most of the package's users.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book authoring collaboration 12 Feb 2013
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A colleague and I had written a technical book that took us 5 years. We communicated by email with attachments that were limited in size. So any images that were two large for email were copied on to CD and posted.

Now four years later we are embarking on another technical book with another author who lives and works in the USA and Luxembourg.

So this time we are using the "Cloud" to collaborate and we all use Google so "Google Drive" was our choise. So that we are all using the same hyme sheet we needed a procedure to follow and "Google Drive & Docs in 30 Minutes" turned out to be just right for us. Chapters 2 and 6 covers every technique we will need. So I give 5 stars for my review.l

Martin Flint
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5.0 out of 5 stars i 8 July 2014
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A great help
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3.0 out of 5 stars Still leaves questions 12 Mar 2014
By W Jones
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OK for a starter, but Google Drive and the associated 'Docs' applications still leave me dumb at times.

I would like to know more about how the folder hierarchy works and how I can get shot of all the stuff I don't need to leave me with a clean, uncluttered and easy to use, cooperative working system.

On the other hand Google Drive is free.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Enlightenment 18 Aug 2014
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This was very useful trying to get to grips with the way Google Docs works. I wanted to get rid of all connections with Office and Open Office and I was struggling. And not sure what could be done online and offline. Now I know. Thanks
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