Google Docs is already installed on the Chromebook and lets you create and work with documents, spreadsheets and presentations. To use Google Docs you will need to access it via Google Drive. Just click on the Google Drive icon to open the app.

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Google Drive

When opening Google Drive for the first time, you will be prompted to enable Google Drive which provides you with a free 5GB Cloud online storage for your files.

Creating new Documents

To create a new document, click Create from the to open the context menu offering various document types to create and click on the kind of document required to create as new. It's important to remember in Google Docs that your documents are automatically saved continually, so you won't ever lose anything.

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When clicking on the Documents options, the screen below opens:

google new google document


When clicking on the Presentation option, the screen below appears:

chromebook untitled presentation

1.1 Spreadsheet

When clicking on the Spreadsheet option, the screen below appears:

google doc spreadsheet

Offline Mode

To enable Offline Google Docs, perform the following steps:

  1. Open Google Docs as normal.
  2. Click on the Settings option, as shown on the next page and click on the option marked Set up Docs offline.
  3. From the screen that appears, click on the option for Allow offline docs. On Chromebook, step 2 should already be completed by default.
  4. Once done, the following message will appear to confirm that Offline docs are being enabled.

    google preparing offline docs
Knowhow Chromebook Support Page

Updated On:

May 22, 2014

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