eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2012-05-28
 
 
 

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets

Users can now access their documents and spreadsheets from a single control panel. The landing page shows a combined list of documents, along with the owners and contributors for each docume

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Uploading

Users can upload either a word processing document (.doc, .txt, .rdf and other formats) or a spreadsheet (.csv, .xls and .ods formats) to Google Docs & Spreadsheets.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Uploading

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - E-mail them in

A new feature is the ability to e-mail information to a personalized e-mail address and have it appear as a document in the control panel.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - E-mail them in

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Save As

Files in the word processing application can be saved in PDF, Word, OpenOffice and other file formats.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Save As

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Word Processing

Google Docs & Spreadsheets word processing capability comes from Googles earlier acquisition of Upstartles Writely.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Word Processing

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Insert

Users can insert items such as an image, link, comment or table into their word processing documents. It is still impossible to insert a spreadsheet, though.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets -  Insert

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Revise

Google Docs & Spreadsheets tracks revisions, allowing users to go back and work on earlier versions of a document.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Revise

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Collaboration

It is easy to share documents with others: Simply enter a colleagues e-mail address and he or she will receive a link to the document. An RSS feed of the changes is also available.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Collaboration

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Publish it

Users also can publish their documents to the Internet for the world to see. (This function will probably make enterprises nervous.)

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Publish it

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Spell Check

Users of Gmail will find the spell-check functionality in Google Docs familiar.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Spell Check

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Word document

While we had no problems importing an existing .doc document created using Microsoft Office 2003, the formatting in the document was nonexistent in Google Docs & Spreadsheets.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Word document

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Spreadsheets

Google Spreadsheets maintains its earlier look.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Spreadsheets

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Discuss

Google Spreadsheets has built-in instant messaging capabilities that allow collaborators to discuss a spreadsheet as they work on it. Similar functionality is not yet available in Google Docs.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Discuss

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Collaborate

As with the word processor, the spreadsheet allows the owner of a document to share it with others. The spreadsheet does it in a different way, however, showing that, while the two applications share a control panel, there is no interaction between

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Collaborate

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - E-mail it

eWEEK Labs e-mailed a sentence to our personalized Google Docs & Spreadsheets e-mail address to automatically create a word processing document.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets -  E-mail it

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Worked

We found our document in the control panel, and, when we clicked on it, the document appeared in Google Docs.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Worked

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Published online

We then published the same document online for the world to see.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Google Docs & Spreadsheets - Published online

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