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Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms


1. Introduction

This guide is for staff getting started with Google Docs, Slides, Sheets and Forms.


2. What are Google Docs, Slides, Sheets and Forms?

They're collaboration tools for creating and sharing documents, spreadsheets and presentations from anywhere with an internet connection. No need for specific office software on your computer.
 
You can access these items via Google Drive 
 
Background information from the University can be found here Leeds Beckett Google Drive
 
You can invite staff and students to work on a doc at the same time, then make docs available as web pages, email them as attachments or save them to your device as Word or PDF files.

Explaining the Google Drive tools

Google Docs - Word processor
Google Sheets - Spreadsheet
Google Slides - Presentation
Google forms - 

Opening Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint docs
Word, Excel and PowerPoint can be imported and converted, but we recommend that if you're using Google Docs for collaboration, you create the document in Google Docs.
  
A note on PDF files
You can open PDF files in Google Docs which will let you edit text as long as it was selectable in the original PDF file (and also not as an image).  However, a much better way of opening and editing PDF files is by opening them in Microsoft Word 365 available on your office PC or Mac.

3. Support and guides



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