For Seniors: Use Google Docs Through the Internet Cloud
Google Docs is a free, cloud-based set of tools for creating and sharing documents over the Internet. Google Docs lets you create and store Internet files such as word processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings.
You have to have a Gmail account to use Google Docs, so go to the main Gmail page and create an account if you don’t already have one.
Sign in to Google Docs using your Gmail account.
Visit the Google Docs page and enter your Google Username and Password and click the Sign In button. The main Google Docs page appears.
If desired, click the Upload button to upload existing documents.
On the Upload menu, click Files to upload files. A dialog box appears so you can browse to the folder containing the files you want to upload, and select them. After selecting files click Open. You can edit compatible documents you upload or simply share them.
Or click Create to create a new document.
Once you create a new document of any type, you’ll encounter a software environment that you should find familiar if you’ve worked in any type of productivity software such as Works, iWorks, or Microsoft Office. Name your document by choosing File→Rename.
Or create a document from a template by choosing From Template from the Create menu.
A list of templates appear; click Preview to look one over before using it. Click Use This Template to create a document using that template.
When you finish working on a document, share it by choosing File→Share.
The Sharing Settings dialog box appears; enter the names of people or groups in your Gmail address book, or type the e-mail address(es) of the people you want to share this document with. Click Done.
Documents are automatically saved as you work on them, so you do not need to worry about that. To return to the main menu, click Documents at the top of the window.