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Top-selling guide to Google Docs, Drive, Sheets, and Slides!
UPDATED IN 2018! Do you have 30 minutes to spare? It's all you'll need to get up to speed with Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides, Google's free online productivity suite and Microsoft Office alternative. The software is at the core of Google Apps and G Suite. Millions of people use Google's apps every day on their Chromebooks, PCs, and mobile devices. You, too, can use Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides to perform all kinds of tasks:

Write reports and letters with Google Docs
Crunch numbers and create online data entry forms using Google Sheets and Google Forms
Use the Google Drive app and the Google Docs app on your Android phone or tablet, or iPhone or iPad to create and edit files on the go
Give presentations online or on your phone or tablet with Google Slides
Collaborate online with classmates and colleagues
Convert Microsoft Office documents to Google formats, and vice versa
Perform limited editing of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents
Print documents, drawings, and spreadsheets using Google Cloud Print
Revert to earlier versions of files using Google Drive
Export PDFs
Make pie charts, bar charts, and simple tables
Publish documents and spreadsheets online

An easy desktop reference
The second edition of this popular guide to Google's apps covers the new Google Drive basics as well as the updated mobile and desktop interfaces for Docs, Sheets, and Slides. The G Suite user guide also covers new applications,
including Google Forms and the new Google Sites.
The tone of this Google Drive book is friendly and easy to understand, with lots of step-by-step instructions and examples and nearly 50 screenshots. The guide can be used by anyone with a PC, Mac, or Chromebook. It also includes instructions for using Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps on iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and tablets.

In addition to serving as a solid introduction to new users, it's a great reference manual for more experienced users as well as for people making the transition from Microsoft Office, not to mention teachers using Google Drive for education and Google Docs in the classroom. It includes a glossary of Google keyboard shortcuts, as well as sections on document formatting, organizing and syncing files, offline documents, collaboration, and Office Compatibility Mode for Microsoft Office documents.

What real readers are saying
Thousand of people have turned to Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes since the first edition was released. Here are some real reviews:

”This little booklet should get a novice off and running using Google Drive and Docs. Even a pro will pick up a trick or two.”

”My son gave me a Chromebook to replace my Netbook. He helped me prepare a slide presentation at work and transfer it to Slides. I understand it more now.”

”I'm glad there is an entire chapter on collaboration, including setting it up, how it works, and what it looks like in operation. … Collaboration is truly a killer app and Google has made it easily accessible.”

”I gave a Google Drive workshop and knew that many of the participants would want step-by-step instructions for things that I was only quickly able to show them in the workshop. This little book fit the bill perfectly.”

Note: Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes is not affiliated with “For Dummies” books, Google Drive, Google Apps, G Suite, or other Google and Microsoft services referenced in the guide. In 30 Minutes® is a registered trademark of publisher i30 Media Corp. All rights reserved.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4455.0 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: i30 Media; 2 edition (27 Jan. 2015)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00R077I7O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

Excellent overview and way in to using Google Drive and Docs

2 people found this helpful.
 on 15 November 2017
By 1Bangle
Working as a consultant in an organisation that had just introduced Google Drive, I needed to get going fast. This book helped me understand how my rapidly acquired bits and pieces of knowledge fit together, and made sense of the whole area. It has also encouraged me to look at wider uses for Drive in my work. Clear and easy to understand, it also answered questions I’d been wondering about. For me, this book is just the right level of detail and terminology. Will look for others in the series.

Book authoring collaboration

5 people found this helpful.
 on 12 February 2013
By Martin Flint
A colleague and I had written a technical book that took us 5 years. We communicated by email with attachments that were limited in size. So any images that were two large for email were copied on to CD and posted.

Easy Enlightenment

 on 18 August 2014
By Aunty Anne
This was very useful trying to get to grips with the way Google Docs works. I wanted to get rid of all connections with Office and Open Office and I was struggling. And not sure what could be done online and offline. Now I know. Thanks

Verygood information

 on 17 October 2017
By Michael Cherry
Very good information

Four Stars

 on 5 December 2016
By Amazon Customer
good reference book

Five Stars

 on 20 April 2016
By Bishop Berkeley

Five Stars

 on 17 December 2014
By Trudi Higginson
This is great thanks

Reasonably complete coverage of the free package

3 people found this helpful.
 on 1 February 2014
By Londoner
Google Drive is a multi-platform, free mini-office suite from Google. It has versions for the PC, iPads and iPhones, and Chromebooks (it is a major component of the Chrome OS) and there is a client for Android which allows Google documents created on one device or computer and in its Google Drive folder to be viewed on any other compatible platform. Google offer little or no written instructions on its use and this book is one of a very few to fill that need.
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