Chromebook’s Docs Workspace - dummies

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.


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.


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.