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In this episode, I am sharing some must-have Google skills for two of the most used Google applications, Google Docs and Google Slides!
Better yet, most of these skills will transfer to other applications as well.
Learn how to make the most of Google, save time, and learn some best practices to help you thrive with Google!
This is Part 4 of a 4-part series on Must-Have Google Skills for Teachers.
You don’t want to miss Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3!
Must-Have Google Skills for Teachers (Part 4 – #GoogleDocs & #GoogleSlides)
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Must-Have Google Docs and Slides Skills for Teachers
Today, I am sharing some MUST-HAVE skills for teachers that use Google Docs and Slides. But I also have to mention that most of these skills will transfer to other applications in the Google suite as well.
Google Docs and Google Slides are probably the two most-used applications, so they definitely needed to be included on my must-have skills list!
Once you learn how to do something in one Google application, it often transfers to other applications.
Create a New Google Doc or Slide Deck
There are many ways to create a new Google file.
One way is to go to the homepage for that application:
- Docs Homepage: docs.google.com
- Slides Homepage: slides.google.com
- Sheets Homepage: sheets.google.com
- Forms Homepage: forms.google.com
- Jamboard Homepage: jamboard.google.com
- Sites Homepage: sites.google.com
Do you see a pattern?
From the homepage, you can start with a blank doc or select one of the handy templates. (Note: Drawings doesn’t have a homepage. If you go to drawings.google.com, it will automatically create a new Google Drawing.
In Part 3, I mentioned how to create a new file from Google Drive, and I shared a quick URL trick that is worth repeating (see video below)!
Page Setup in Docs & Slides
Page setup is a must-have skill for Google Docs and Google Slides.
Google Docs Page Setup
When you are creating a document in Google Docs, you need to be able to set up the page to work with your content or project. You may need to switch to landscape, change the margins, page color, or paper size.
In your Doc, go to File > Page Set Up.
Google Slides Page Setup
Even though we don’t typically think of slides as “pages,” the steps are the same. You can customize the size of your slides into anything you want! Changing the size opens up many more possibilities for using Slides as a creation tool.
Related: 25 Things You Didn’t Know Google Slides Could Do!
Customize the Size of Your Slides
In your Slides, go to File > Page Set Up
From the dropdown, choose “Custom.”
Make the slides any size you want:
(Note: the size will apply to ALL slides.)
Sharing Docs & Slides
Look for the “Share” button near the top right in Docs and Slides to share and collaborate in Docs and Slides.
Collaboration is the NUMBER ONE reason to use Google, and a MUST-HAVE skill for teachers and students.
From here, you can invite collaborators or make the file accessible with a link.
To learn more about sharing, watch the video below.
Make a Copy
Hands-down, one of the most important skills for ANY Google user is to know how to make a copy!
Most of the time, if you have the right to view a file, you have the option to make a copy and save it to your Drive. This way, you can edit the file and make it your own.
I shared how to make a copy from Google Drive in Part 3, but let’s look at it inside the application.
To Make a Copy of Docs, Slides, Sheets, or Drawings,
In the Doc or File, Go to File > Make a Copy!
Say it with me, “File, make a copy!”
Most Google applications, including Docs and Slides, allow you to download as different file types. This is super handy!
Think of this as CONVERTING to a different file type.
Download in Docs
In Docs, the most common conversions are .docx and .pdf–the most universally accepted file format in the world.
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