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Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes [Paperback]

Ian Lamont
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7 Nov 2012
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. This In 30 Minutes™ paperback will get you up and running very quickly. Using screenshots and step-by-step instructions, Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes concentrates on the most important time-saving features and productivity tools, including:
  • Registration basics.
  • Creating new files in Google Docs.
  • Formatting tricks to make documents, spreadsheets, and presentations look great.
  • Using Google Docs on phones and tablets: What works, and what doesn't.
  • Best practices for organizing files in Google Drive.
  • Accessing older versions of files. Converting files between Microsoft Office and Google Drive formats.
  • How to publish your documents to the Web for colleagues or members of the public to view.
  • Sorting and filtering data in Google Sheets, Google free online spreadsheet program (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.
  • What to expect with collaboration in Google Drive.
The guide will help you get the most out of Google Drive and Docs (as well as Google Apps, which includes Drive and Docs). In addition, the official book website ( provides videos and other tips.

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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: The Digital Media Machine (7 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985886722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985886721
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Need 22 Sep 2012
By Yobtaf - Published on
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I am so glad this was made! I've been using Google Docs for a while now and have been encouraging my teacher colleagues to do so as well to facilitate collaboration. It has become my go-to text book to help new users understand quickly. If you're new to Google Drive or Google Documents, this will help you. If you're experienced, and want something to help those who come to you with questions, this is a nice tool to help them remember what you show them. I highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Google Drive in 30 Minutes 30 Jun 2013
By Michael Trachtenberg - Published on
Disclosure: I won this book in an IT World promotion. The author subsequently contacted me and asked me to review it.

I have used what is now called "Google Drive" for several years, mostly the spreadsheet. The extent of my knowledge is hands-on experience and transferring Microsoft Office concepts to a new ecosystem. Google Drive & Docs in 30 Minutes is the first sustained effort I've made to get my hands around the software. Even if you've used it awhile, you likely haven't dug into niches nor kept up with changes Google has made. You don't know what you don't know.

The book is a march from setting up a Drive account -- the author notes that if you have an existing GMail account you're good to go -- through working with the start screen and applications. The good news is that it's never dry or tedious. The author writes well and the book hits its target audience while straddling the line between obtuse and condescending. The bad news is you're going to spend substantially more than 30 minutes, particularly if you work through the examples, which I suggest. Drive is a comprehensive suite that the book covers in some detail. There is just no way around investing the time; coming across something useful to you is the reward.

I'm glad there is an entire chapter on collaboration, including setting it up, how it works, and what it looks like in operation. The product deserves one; collaboration is truly a killer app and Google has made it easily accessible.

The final chapter covers offline storage and versioning. I can't fault the author for adding something he believes is useful to readers but these are esoteric subjects for a "30 Minutes" book.

One significant omission is discussion of shortcut keys in any of the apps. For a suite you might use all day long, the productivity gain is considerable. I would throw in basic shortcuts common to each O/S while I was at it. Another omission is the lack of references to external help and additional resources. This is an introductory book. As you use the product you'll have questions; I do. The apps themselves have help menus but how difficult could it be for the author to list the URLs of Google and third-party sites he recommends?

My other complaint is with the screen shots, which are often grainy and suffer from low contrast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful 27 Aug 2013
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I just got a new position that requires record keeping. Having used Google Docs in the past, I decided to update my knowledge. I googled "Docs for dummies" and this was one of the results. I liked the concept that the title implies - a concise guide that will distill what I need and allow me to complete a task quickly (even if it takes longer than 30 minutes). I found it very easy to follow, and have since created forms for my record keeping that the people I have to send them to have told me are easy to use. They also greatly simplify my record keeping responsibilities. The book helped me do what I needed it for, so I'm very happy with it. I'm glad I chose it over the "dummy" series, books that I have found to have varying degrees of intuitiveness in the past.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This helped me understand Drive. 1 May 2014
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My son gave me a Chromebook to replace my Netbook. He helped me prepare a slide presentation at work and transfer it to Slides. I understand it more now. I took the presentation with a small projector to a realtor function. It went well (except they said I could have shown it from a thumb drive. My other szon got a Slimport so I can show the presentation from my Nexus. Also, printing from the cloud has been FD last and easy. Thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little manual 2 Jun 2014
By Diane - Published on
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I gave a Google Drive workshop and knew that many of the participants would want step-by-step instructions for things that I was only quickly able to show them in the workshop. This little book fit the bill perfectly.
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