Chromebook’s Docs Workspace

By Mark LaFay

Docs on your Chromebook is Google’s answer to Microsoft Word. If you’ve had any experience working with Word on a Mac or PC, you will find the interface quite similar. If you’re using a word processor for the first time, don’t worry: Docs is extremely intuitive.

To get started, launch Google Docs by clicking the Docs icon in the App Launcher. The Docs application opens in a Chrome browser window and creates a new, untitled document.

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The Docs workspace is broken into two main areas: The menu area and the main document area. The menu area, by default, is comprised of the Applications menu and the Edit toolbar, as shown in this figure.

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The Applications menu contains a standard set of application-specific control options, including

  • File: File-specific options and controls for creating, saving, exporting, printing, and otherwise managing your document on the file level.

  • Edit: Copy, paste, delete, and otherwise move and manipulate text.

  • View: Modify your Docs view by adding and removing toolbars, or change the layout of the main document area.

  • Insert: Add files, images, symbols, headers, footers, and more.

  • Format: Manipulate the appearance of your text.

  • Tools: Spell check, translate text, determine word count, or define specific text.

  • Table: Add tables to your document and manipulate them.

  • Add-Ons: Add software plug-ins to change your Docs experience.

  • Help: Get help with Docs, search for menu options, and more.

The Edit toolbar serves as a shortcut bar to several of the Edit, File, and Format features contained within the Applications menu. With the Edit toolbar, you can quickly

  • Zoom in or out of your document.

  • Change the font face of your text.

  • Change font size.

  • Bold, italicize, and underline your text.

  • Add hyperlinks.

  • Align text.

  • Add and edit bullets.

  • Set indentations.

  • Adjust paragraph styles.