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Google Docs is a very efficient and flexible word processor application to create, edit, and shape texts the way you want, and collaborate with anyone. Powered by Google, it is one of the most used solutions of this genre worldwide for personal or professional purposes.
What is Google Docs?
Google Docs is a word processor solution part of the Google Suite that allows you to create and edit text documents online or offline and offers a flexible and collaborative-friendly environment. Over the years, millions of people have adopted it to take advantage of its numerous state-of-the-art features.
What are the key features of Google Docs?
- Compose texts: Google Docs is way more than a standard word processor. It allows you to edit and format your texts the way you want and to automatically and dynamically change text size, font, and spacing, add a table of contents and use rulers flexibly. In a few words, it is very versatile, so you can compose cleverly.
- Collaborate easily: You can seamlessly collaborate using comments or switching to Review mode. Comments allow you to add notes about your thoughts regarding a specific text area. Review mode tracks changes so that your collaborators can check what modifications you suggested and then either accept them or not. In addition, you can manage who can view and edit your documents using the Share features.
- Translator and spell-checker: Thanks to the integrated spell-checker, you will quickly spot and fix typos before sharing the document. Also, you can use the Translate feature to translate an entire page or just specific words.
- Extendable: You can access add-ons and many third-party applications from Docs to extend existing features and add new ones. That can be pretty useful depending on your needs, like adding an e-signature app.
- Online & offline: Google Docs automatically synchronizes all online users, so you always work on the latest document version. In addition, you can create and edit Docs documents even offline, so you can stay productive no matter what.
- Secure: Google features industry-leading security processes to make sure your data stays safe. All the files in Google Drive are encrypted in transit and at rest.
- Google environment: As part of the Google ecosystem, Google Docs is connected to other Google apps, and you can easily reply to comments from Gmail, share via Google Meet, embed Google Sheets charts, and import all kinds of elements in different formats (GIFs, hyperlinks, images, videos, etc.). The cherry on top, you can also search the web and Google Drive for content.
How to use Google Docs?
The standard page layout is divided into three main parts. The top is where all the toolbar elements are available. The center is where you can type your text, and the sides allow you to tweak rulers and layouts. If you want to share your work with anybody, you can click on 'Share' at the top of the screen, select the access restrictions, and you're done. You can even transfer ownership if you want. You can learn how to use all the other features through the valuable, dedicated online resources provided by Google. Also, if you are switching from Microsoft Word to Google Docs, Google provides a dedicated tutorial.
Is it free?
The Google Docs app is absolutely free to use. Using Google Suite, you will only have to pay if you exceed the free storage limit associated with your account.
Is it safe?