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Google Docs Essential Training Classes

Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides are a word processor, a spreadsheet and a slideshow presentation program respectively, all part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. The three apps are available as web applications, and as mobile apps for Android and iOS. The apps are compatible with Microsoft Office and OpenDocument file formats. The suite also consists of Google Forms (survey software), Google Drawings (diagramming software) and Google Fusion Tables (database manager; experimental).

The suite allows users to create and edit files online while collaborating with other users in real-time. Edits are tracked by user with a revision history presenting changes. An editor's position is highlighted with an editor-specific color and cursor. A permissions system regulates what users can do. Updates have introduced features using machine learning, including "Explore", offering search results based on the contents of a document, answers based on natural language questions in a spreadsheet, and dynamic design suggestions based on contents of a slideshow, and "Action items", allowing users to assign tasks to other users.

While Google Docs has been criticized for lacking the functionality of Microsoft Office, it has received praise for its simplicity, ease of collaboration and frequent product updates. Google has been criticized for its practice of automatically scanning documents for keywords that violate the terms of service, and censoring those documents.[

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Take a closer look at Google Docs and discover how to build documents with rich formatting, images, and tables. In this course, Jess Stratton shows how to get around Google Docs' web-based interface, create new documents, and add features such as footnotes, headers and footers, and page numbering. You'll also see how to make your documents more engaging by adding images, Google drawing objects, and tables. Then learn how to share docs with others—for real-time, simultaneous collaboration—and take Google Docs on the go on your tablet.

Topics include:

  • Creating, naming, saving, and editing docs
  • Formatting text
  • Creating a table of contents
  • Inserting images and tables
  • Copying, renaming, and moving docs
  • Publishing docs on the web
  • Sharing docs
  • Translating docs
  • Using Google Docs on mobile devices