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Why I Prefer Using Google Drive
to Microsoft Office Word

Microsoft Word has long been established as the world's best-selling program for creating text documents. However, it's also a very pricey application, depending on which version you buy or rent.

I prefer writing my newspaper column for the
San Diego Union Tribune with "Google Docs"
for several reasons.

Docs is part of a free "suite" called "Google Drive," which includes "Sheets" (an Excel-compatible spreadsheet app) and "Slides" (a PowerPoint-compatible presentation slideshow app) and
"Forms" (a Google unique form-creation app).

Another feature is that users are allowed 15 Megs of free storage space, which holds all the data created via the above-mentioned applications.
(Microsoft's OneDrive only allows 5 Megs of free space.)

One of my favorite features of Docs is that everything I type is instantaneously saved in a Google 'Cloud' server, without my having to activate any traditional 'Save' or 'Save As' command.

This means if my computer crashes -- or my internet connection dies -- everything already typed would remain intact and unaffected by the breakdown.

In the event of a PC or cellphone crash, I can continue working by simply switching to another internet-connected device.

Another advantage of having one's work instantaneously preserved is that a writer can ramble on without worry of overstating things. Everything can be easily edited after one's my main points have been expressed.

So how does one name a document if there is no 'Save As' option? Click on 'File' and choose 'Rename.' By default, one's first line of typing will appear as the document's file name, but this can be overtyped with any name you prefer.

Just press ENTER after typing the preferred title.

Another 'File' option is: Make a Copy (ENTER). This creates a duplicate document of what's been typed up to that point and lets you continue working on the original and/or the duplicate.

To make a copy for my physical computer I do CTRL+A (Select All) followed by CTRL+C (Copy) and CTRL+V (Paste) into a blank Word, Wordpad, Notepad or outgoing Gmail message.

If I want to output my typing as a more exotic class of document, I do File>Download As and choose 'PDF Document (.pdf)' or 'Rich Text Format (.rtf)' or 'MS Word (.docx)' or 'Plain Text (.txt).'

Experimenting is the best way to become familiar with the various 'Download' options.

Regarding images, they can be inserted into a Google Doc with simple COPY and PASTE commands.

After clicking on an inserted image you'll see the options: 'IN LINE,' 'WRAP TEXT' and 'BREAK TEXT.'

Clicking on an image will also display a box around it with markers for changing its size and/or shape along with showing a 'handle' for rotating the image.

Again, experimenting is the best way to learn about all the options.

Google Docs also has built-in spell-check tools that flag a suspected misspelling along with showing suggested corrections.

Amazingly, the app will even flag and correct misspellings in multiple languages that might be used within a document. (I often compose messages that are partially in Spanish.) (A menudo redacto documentos parcialmente en espaņol.)

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