Google Docs lets you create word documents that you can access from multiple devices. If you’re always on the move, you can easily sync your documents across devices or share them with people easily through the web. If you have a Gmail, you already have a Google account through which you can access Google Docs. In fact, a Google account gives you access to the entire Google Drive where you will find other valuable tools.
What do I need to use Google Docs?
You only need two things to use Google Docs: A web browser that is connected to the Internet and a Google account.
Is it only for PCs or can Mac users use it?
Google Docs can be used by any device with a full-featured browser. That means any Windows-based, Mac-based, or Linux-based computer can use it. Android and iOS have their own apps in their respective app stores.
Can I only write documents in Google Docs?
Yes, Google Docs is just for creating and editing documents. Google Sheets is for creating spreadsheets (like Microsoft Excel) and Google Slides is for presentations (like Microsoft PowerPoint).
Can you add Word documents to Google Drive?
Yes, if someone sends you a Microsoft Word document, you can upload it to Google Drive and open it in Docs. Once you’re finished, you can even download the document back in Microsoft Word format. As a matter of fact, you can upload virtually any text-based file to Google Drive and edit it with Google Docs.
Why not just use Microsoft Word?
Despite Microsoft Word has more features than Google Docs, there are several reasons why users may want to use Google’s word processor. One is cost. Because Google Drive is free, it’s hard to beat.
Another reason is everything is stored in the cloud. That means you don’t have to be tied to a single computer or carry around a USB stick to access your files. Finally, Google Doc also makes it incredibly easy for groups of people to work on the same document at once without having to worry about which version of the file is the most up-to-date.
Google Doc Embraces the Web
Unlike Microsoft Word, Google Doc lets you link between documents. Let’s say you’re writing a paper and want to reference something that you have previously written about in a separate document. Rather than having to repeat yourself, you can add a URL link to that document. When you or someone else clicks on that link, the referencing document is opened in a separate window.
Should I be concerned about privacy?
In short, no. Google assures users that it keeps all data private unless they choose to share documents with other people. Google has also said that its most popular product, Google Search, will not read or scan Google Doc or anything saved on Google Drive. So your files are safe.