Google Docs: Creating documents – this is how it works

by Michaela

If you do not have access to a text programme, you can also create a document with Google Docs. The application is free and offers you the same functions as MS Word. The only thing you need is a Google account.

Create a document with Google Docs: How to get the app

If you want to create a document with Google Docs, you need a Google Account. If you already have a Google email address, simply log in and you’re ready to go. If not, follow the steps below first:

  • Open the Gmail website. Sign in to Google with your details. To do this, follow all the instructions you see on the screen.
  • You will need an internet connection for this to work. Your account is free and includes 15 GB of storage. You will only have to pay for the application once you need more than 15 GB of cloud storage.
  • Sign in to Google. To get to Google Docs, go to the squares at the top right and click on “Docs”.
  • You can see sample documents here. Click on the plus, create a new document.

Edit and export document with Google Docs

Once you have opened a document, it can be edited and exported:

  • For example, select a template to edit your document. You can then edit the document:
  • For example, insert a text box as you would in an ordinary text document. Format it by making the text bold or italic via the menu bar. You can change the font size and so on here just like MS Word.
  • To export the document, go to “File ☻ Download”. Select the format you need. For example, you can save it as an MS Word document or as a PDF.
  • When you close the document, it is automatically saved in the cloud. You can add to it or edit it later.

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