Sunday, December 11, 2016

Tutorial: Uploading Files to My-Drive (in Google Doc Format)

Google Drive is a digital dropbox that comes free with your GMail address. Drive allows you to share files with others.

It includes a free office suite, complete with word processor (Docs), spreadsheet (Sheets), and GMail, a web-based email application that offers Microsoft Outlook-style features.

This tutorial covers how to upload Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice files in the Google Doc format needed for in-line critiques. The Doc format allows group members to highlight typos, punctuation errors,  awkward wording, etc you may have missed WHERE they occur.

Figure 1.

Step I -- After logging into your GMail account, open your Drive account by one of these methods 

Method 1)

Method 2) [See Figure 1] 
  • Click the ‘ menu ’ icon in upper right-hand corner of your GMail, Google home, G+ or Google News page.
  • Click the ‘ Drive ’ icon. 
  • See figure 1 for details.

Step II

  • Click on the  ⚙ (Gears)  icon.
  • Open ‘Settings’ menu.

Step III -- IMPORTANT STEP: Automatically convert uploaded word processing files to the Google Docs format.

  • Check  ☑ Convert uploaded files to Google Docs editor format .
  • This will convert files you upload to the Google Docs format. 
  • File types supported (as of December, 2016): .doc (if newer than Microsoft Office 95), .docx, .docm .dot, .dotx, .dotm, .html, plain text (.txt), .rtf, .odt
  • Hit  Done
  • Google saves your settings.
  • Uploaded word processing documents going forward should be properly formatted.

Step IV -- Upload a work-in-progress from your computer.

  • Click either....
  •   New   on upper left-hand frame of your Drive folder. 
  • ... or ...
  • Right-click in the body of your Drive folder.
  • This opens the 'upload'  menu.
  • Select ‘ File upload .’
  • This opens a file navigator, which lists files on your local computer. 
  • Navigate to the file you want to upload and double-click.
  • Google Drive uploads the file.

Step V -- Verify the file type.

  • Verify the file type is Correct -- see figure to the right for details. 
  • Only the Google Doc editor format allows in-line comments. 
FYI -- The document as uploaded is NOT sharable. Only you can edit it. Click here for the tutorial on enabling document sharing on an uploaded Google Doc

Composed by Leo Walsh

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