Month: December 2015

Google Drive (1) – How to access it

You’ve got a Google account, so how do you access your Google Drive and its contents? Go to www.google.com In the top right-hand corner, you’ll see a blue “Sign In” button.  Click it and this will take you to the Google sign in page.   3. Type in your username, i.e. the part before “@gmail.com” in your Gmail address.  E.g. brgablog@gmail.com > type in: brgablog  Press “Next”. 4. This takes you to the password screen.  Type in your password and click “Sign In”. 5. You’re now logged in! 🙂  Now where is that Drive?  In the top right-hand corner, next to “Images”, you’ll see nine little squares.  Click on that and various options will appear. 6. Click on “Drive” and this will take you to your main Drive folder. If this is your first time, there will be very little in it.  See my posts on what the menus do. eBooks available on Drive, Forms, Sheets, Docs, Slides, and Sheet Functions: “Beginner’s Guide to Google Drive” – iBooks store / Kindle store “Beginner’s Guide to Google Forms” - iBooks store / Kindle store "Beginner's Guide to Google Sheets" - iBooks store / Kindle store "Beginner's Guide to Google Docs" - iBooks Store / Kindle store "Beginner's Guide to Google Slides" - iBooks Store / Kindle store "Google Sheet Functions - A step-by-step guide" - iBooks Store / Kindle Store Baz Roberts (Google+...

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How to set up a Google Account

You’ll need a Google account to access the Google Apps.  Below are step-by-step instructions on how set one up. Go to the Google account set up page. Fill in the form with your details: name your new email address (username+@gmail.com) password your birthday gender phone number (security code may get sent to here) your current email address (in case you need to reset your password) The last part is an anti-spam check, so just type in the numbers you see in the picture. 3. Then click “Next step”. 4. You’ll be asked to agree to Google’s Terms of Service.  Just click “I Agree”: You’ll then be presented with a welcome screen confirming your account has been set up.  Easy peasy! 🙂 So, now what? Read my posts on Google Drive. eBooks available on Drive, Forms, Sheets, Docs, Slides, and Sheet Functions: “Beginner’s Guide to Google Drive” – iBooks store / Kindle store “Beginner’s Guide to Google Forms” - iBooks store / Kindle store "Beginner's Guide to Google Sheets" - iBooks store / Kindle store "Beginner's Guide to Google Docs" - iBooks Store / Kindle store "Beginner's Guide to Google Slides" - iBooks Store / Kindle store "Google Sheet Functions - A step-by-step guide" - iBooks Store / Kindle Store Baz Roberts (Google+...

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Google Apps – What are they??

First, I must say that I think Google Apps are great.  They may not do everything, but they have revolutionised my working life! So, what are they? Basically, they are a collection of programs which do specific jobs. The first three resemble the three most used programs of the Microsoft suite, i.e. Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Google Docs – Like a simple version of Word. Google Sheets – Like a simple version of Excel. Google Slides -Like a simple version of Powerpoint. Plus, there are more: Google Drive – The cloud space where the documents live.  Google Forms – Easy-to-make forms and questionnaires. Google Drawings – Basic drawing program. Google Calendar – Shareable calendar. Google Sites – Create your own websites. And there’s Gmail. So, what are the advantages of using these? I’ll start with what I think is the big one: Collaboration: You can work on the same document at the same time as your colleagues.  So, no more having to email documents around, which soon become out-of-date. Always at the latest revision: All the document changes are live and can be seen by all those with access to the file. So, everyone sees the latest version of the document. Access to every change: The document continually saves and stores every revision in the cloud.  This means if you can go back to any revision, right back to when the file was...

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