Use Google Docs Like a Pro
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Use Google Docs Like a Pro

About the Book

Google Docs is one of the most widely used applications in the world today. Millions of people use it for everything from writing notes and keeping track of events to collaborating in multi-member teams on complex projects involving several documents.

While it is one of the easiest apps to use -- it behaves just like any other word processor you might already be familiar with -- at the same time, it has some capabilities that are either missing from other tools or are handled somewhat differently. Use Google Docs Like a Pro fills in those blanks in the relatively sparse online documentation for Google Docs.

In the chapters that are already completed in this book, you'll learn how to track where your document is, use the files-and-folders approach to keeping track of documents, setting preferences for your documents and the Google Docs environment (many of which are quite helpful once you know about them), and manage Tables of Contents, footnotes, and outlines. You'll also gain a clear understanding of how Google Docs interacts with documents that are stored in other popular formats such as PDFs and Microsoft Office formats, including how to import from and export to those supported formats.

Buying the book at the introductory price entitles you to free upgrades to upcoming versions (for which higher prices will be charged) that will cover such topics as understanding deeply how Google Docs handles sharing of documents and updating of collaborators, and how to use some very powerful and cool built-in research tools. (Both of those chapters are scheduled for delivery before the end of October, 2014.)

As time goes on, we will add other, as-yet-undetermined topics to this volume. Each time we do, we'll probably raise the price but you won't ever pay another dime once you've bought this book. With the LeanPub model, all future upgrades are free!

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Dan Shafer
Dan Shafer

Dan Shafer is the author of more than 60 books about computers and technology topics. From programming in multiple languages to managing software environments to using popular office products, Dan has a reputation for making difficult topics easy to understand and use.

He's been using Google Docs since its first release and relies strictly on it to handle all of his day-to-day writing, editing, collaboration and client work. He eats, sleeps, drinks and breathes Google Docs. As a result, he's come to understand what is easy and what is hard. 

Dan's other current technology interests are the post-Browser Internet (subject of two forthcoming Leanpub titles), LiveCode programming (the focus of three more forthcoming books from Leanpub) and online community, where Dan was an acknowledged and award-winning industry pioneer.

Semi-retired, Dan lives in Monterey on the beautiful Central Coast of California with his wife of 35 years, CJ, two grown daughters, a six-year-old granddaughter and their Shiitzu, Albert Einstein Shafer. 

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1
    • Where is Your Document?
  • Chapter 2 - Advanced Editing in Google Docs
    • Setting Preferences in Google Docs
    • Tables of Contents
    • Footnotes
    • Outlining
  • Chapter 3 - Importing and Exporting Google Docs
    • Storage vs. Editing
    • Exporting Documents
    • Setting Up Default Formats
    • Changing Formats Within Google Docs
    • Exporting Documents to the Web
    • Importing Documents Into Google Docs
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4 - Collaboration and Sharing With Google Docs
  • Chapter 5 - Using Google Docs Research Tools

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