The Google Chromebook does not come with the same programs you would expect from a traditional based PC. If you’ve used a Microsoft Windows based PC before, and you’ve used a computer for writing, then you will most likely be familiar with using Microsoft Word.
The Google Chromebook comes with a free word processor and this comes with Google Docs. Google Docs allows you to write essays or a latest novel just like you would if using Microsoft Word. There are a few differences, but for anyone familiar with using a word processor you should feel comfortable using Google Docs.
Your work saves automatically to Google Drive
You don’t need to worry about losing your work with Google Docs, as the document automatically saves to your Google Drive. These files can be stored in folders, just like you would on a Microsoft Windows based PC. This allows you to keep all your files in separate folders, so you can easily find your documents at a later date.
You can work on your documents without an internet connection
The Chromebook is a computer that works best when connected to the internet. However, if you’re interested in a computer that will allow you to write on the move, and you don’t have an internet connection; this can be done using Google Docs.
Google Docs will let you create new documents without an internet connection, and these documents will save to your Chromebook. Once your Chromebook is connected to the internet any amendments you’ve made to your documents will be synced with your Google Drive. This means you don’t need to worry about backing up your work, as all your documents are stored in the cloud using Google Drive.
If you have Google Doc documents that you’ve already created, which are stored on Google Drive; you can also set these documents individually to be available offline. You can even set for whole folders to be available offline. This means you will always have the latest copy of your documents available offline for editing.
You can save documents in many formats including Microsoft Word
When you create a word processing document using Google Docs it’s saved in a format recognised by Google Docs. This is fine if you’re only going to use the document on a Chromebook. However, if you’re writing a document that needs to be used with Microsoft Word at a later date, then you can easily save a copy in Microsoft Word format. This is great, if for example, you need to send your latest Curriculum Vitae to an employee who will most likely want to open the document using Microsoft Word.
You can also save Google Docs in other formats such as PDF or Rich Text Format (RTF). This means you don’t need to worry about compatibility when using Google Docs.
Google Docs is free to use
It is sometimes easy to forget that so many apps available for the Chromebook are free to use. This is a real benefit of the Chromebook. Consider this compared to what you would have to pay if you had to purchase a copy of Microsoft Word. This is one of the reasons why Chromebooks are becoming popular in education, as you can find many different software applications, which are free to use.
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