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Google Cloud Productivity – Drive and Google’s Office Suite

The most complete course on Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms. No prior knowledge required.
Instructor:
Joe Buchmann
3,404 students enrolled
English [Auto-generated]
Understand and use Google Drive to improve efficiency in storing and sharing files
Have a solid understanding of Google Docs and how to use the program effectively
Be able to create, edit, and share spreadsheets quickly and efficiently
Be able to create professional looking presentations, as well as share and present them
Create forms and surveys, as well as collect and analyze data from them

The most complete course on Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms.
This course covers every aspect of each of these apps. 

Google has created an amazing set of office productivity tools that anybody can use for free! This course will have you jumping right in and learning everything from the basics to some of the more advanced techniques. 

If you’ve never used Google office apps before, then this course is for you. If you are already a bit familiar, this course will likely still have something for you. This curriculum has been taught in live sessions. People who claimed they knew everything they needed to about Google Drive and office apps have said that they learned more than they thought they would. 

Covered in this course:

Drive: Benefits, interface, managing files, file sharing and much more!
Docs: Document setup, interface, menu, editing tools, and much more!
Sheets: Document setup, data, charts, formulas and much more!
Slides: Document setup, animation, presenting, and much more!
Forms: Building forms, questions, validation, responses, sharing, and much more!

Course Introduction

1
Introduction

A short introduction to the course from Joe Buchmann.

2
Benefits of Google Drive Storage

This lesson covers some of the main benefits of using Google Drive as a cloud storage option. 

Including:

  • Free
  • Secure
  • Access anywhere
  • Cloud based
  • Backup
  • No email restrictions
3
Benefits of Google Office Apps

In this lesson we will be talking about the benefits of using Google's office apps.

Including:

  • No software
  • Platform independent
  • Auto saves
  • Revision history
  • Sharing and collaboration
  • Paperless


Google Drive

1
Google Drive Intro

A short introduction to the Google Drive section from Joe Buchmann.

2
The Drive Interface Part 01

With Google Drive, you can upload and store all of your files online. You can then share these files with your team and access them from any computer, smartphone, or tablet. 

In this section, we’ll be exploring the Drive interface, and getting familiar with it. 

We'll cover the following items:

  • File browser
  • Storage report
  • File and folder details
  • Settings
  • Menu items
  • Offline file access
3
The Drive Interface Part 02

Now that we're familiar with the Drive interface and layout, we'll start learning how to use some of the things we saw. 

In this lesson we'll be covering:

  • Search functionality
  • Folder customization and starred items
  • Managing file versions
  • Previewing items
  • Deleting files
  • Adding and moving folders
4
Getting Files Into Drive

There are a few ways to get your files into Drive.

  • Upload files to Drive on the web
  • Upload files from your phone or tablet
  • Store files using the desktop sync client

We'll cover how each of these methods work. We'll also see how files can be converted from other formats into Google formats. 

5
Sharing Drive Files

In this lesson, we'll take a look at basic and advanced sharing options. 

Items covered include:

  • Ways to share
  • Adding people to share with
  • Setting permissions
  • Adding notes and notifications
  • Getting shareable links
  • Advanced sharing options
  • "Shared with me" files
6
Drive Files with Gmail

Attaching Drive files in an email does not really add an ‘attachment’. It’s a link to the actual file on Drive. This way you won’t end up with copies, it’s always the original file that people are looking at.This also eliminates file attachment size restrictions. Since the Google Drive files are links, they are not adding file size to the email.

In this lesson, we'll take a look at how attaching Google Drive files in Gmail works. 

7
Google Drive Tips

Now that we've learned how to use Drive, it's time to take a look at some advanced ways of using it.

This lesson covers the following advanced tips:

  • Scan documents and images as PDFs with your phone
  • Disable download, print, and copy options in Drive
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Edit files stored in Drive directly in Microsoft Office
  • “Save to Google Drive” Extension
8
Google Drive Section Quiz

Let's see how much you learned about using Google Drive.

Google Docs

1
Google Docs Intro

A short introduction to the Google Docs section from Joe Buchmann.

Google Docs is an online word processor that lets you create and format text documents and collaborate with other people in real time. 

Here are a few things you can do with Google Docs:

  • Upload a Word document and convert it to a Google document
  • Invite other people to collaborate on a document with you, giving them edit, comment or view access
  • Collaborate online in real time and chat with other collaborators
  • View your document's revision history and rollback to any previous version
  • Download a Google document to your desktop in various formats
  • Translate a document to a different language
  • Email your documents to other people as attachments
2
Document Setup

In this lesson we'll learn how to create Docs and get them all set up the way we want. 

Here's what we'll cover:

  • Create new documents
  • Import and convert documents
  • Sharing
  • Page setup
  • Preferences
  • Zoom
3
Collaboration and Document History

With Google Docs, you can collaborate with a lot of people at the same time. This can save a lot of time without having to send files back and forth, taking turns editing. You can also see and access historical revisions all the way back to the document's creation. This eliminates any fear of accidental changes or overwriting. 

In this section we'll cover:

  • Basic collaboration
  • Revision history
  • Viewing detailed edits and new changes
4
Editing the Document

In this section we will dive into how to edit and format documents. 

The things we'll cover include:

  • Basic editing items
  • Paint format
  • Text and font styles
  • Alignment and spacing
  • Lists and indentation
  • Links
5
Using Comments

Commenting can be a powerful tool for collaboration. In this section we'll talk about what comments are used for, and how to apply them. 

We'll talk about:

  • Adding, editing and viewing comments
  • Sending comments to specific people
  • Replying to comments
  • Closing and re-opening comments
  • Managing comment notifications
6
Printing and Downloading

This a short lesson that covers printing and downloading documents. 

7
Columns and Tables

Columns and tables are the same thing in Google Docs. We'll take a look at why this is, as well as how to set up our own columns/tables.

8
The Insert Menu

The Insert Menu has a lot of things in it that can enhance our documents visually and functionally. 

We'll take a look at:

  • Images
  • Equations
  • Drawings
  • Footnotes
  • Special characters
  • Horizontal lines
  • Page breaks
  • Page management options
9
Tools

Google Docs has a few tools to help us get the job done. We'll see what these tools are, as well as how to use them. 

We'll talk about:

  • Spelling and the personal dictionary
  • The explore and define tools
  • Document translation
  • Voice typing
10
Docs Tips, Add-Ons and Templates

Now that we know how to create, set up and build our documents, it's time to take a look at some tips and advanced ways to use them. 

We'll cover the following things:

  • PDF links
  • Email copies as attachments
  • Update Microsoft Word documents with a Chrome extension 
  • Using add-ons
  • Finding and applying templates
11
Google Docs Section Quiz

Google Sheets

1
Google Sheets Intro

A short introduction to Google Sheets from Joe Buchmann.

Google Sheets is an online spreadsheet app that lets you create and format spreadsheets and simultaneously work with other people.

Here are a few things you can do with Google Sheets:

  • Import and convert files to a Google spreadsheet
  • Export to various file formats
  • Use formula editing to perform calculations on your data
  • Use formatting make your sheets look the way you want them to
  • Chat in real time with others who are editing your spreadsheet
  • Create charts with your data
2
Document Setup and History

In this lesson we'll learn how to create new sheets and get them set up. 

Things we'll cover include:

  • Create new sheets
  • Import and convert
  • Sharing
  • Page setup
  • Preferences
  • Document history


    3
    Editing the Spreadsheet

    Now that we know how to create and set up a sheet, we'll learn how to edit it. 

    We'll talk about:

    • Paint format
    • Text styles
    • Font styles
    • Alignment and spacing 
    • Lists and indentation
    • Links
    4
    Using Comments

    Commenting can be a powerful tool for collaboration. In this section we'll talk about how comments work in Sheets.

    We'll take a look at:

    • Adding, editing and viewing comments
    • Sending comments to specific people
    • Replying to comments
    • Closing and re-opening comments
    • Managing comment notifications
    5
    Printing and Downloading

    In this lesson we'll talk about how to format your sheet for printing, as well as how to download to various formats. 

    6
    Filtering Data

    The ability to filter data in Sheets is a very powerful tool for being able to analyze data in various formats. We'll talk about the differences between filters and filter views, as well as how to use both of them. 

    By the end of this lesson you will be able to set up filters, filter views, and share filter views to specific people.

    7
    Intro to Charts

    Charts are an important part of Sheets that allow you to visually depict your data in an appealing way. In this lesson we'll talk about how to insert a chart, as well as make quick and advanced edits. 

    By the end of this lesson, you will be able to insert and edit charts. 

    8
    Chart Types: Bar, Scatter, and Pie

    In this lesson we'll take a look at some of the common chart types. This includes:

    • Bar charts
    • Scatter plot
    • Pie charts

    By the end of this lesson, you will understand how to create and manipulate each of these chart types. 

    9
    Formulas

    Google Sheets supports cell formulas typically found in most desktop spreadsheet packages. These formulas can be used to create functions that manipulate data and calculate strings and numbers.

    In this lesson we'll cover:

    • Auto functions
    • Creating formulas
    • Selecting and editing ranges
    • Nested functions
    • Formula highlighting
    • The formula bar

    By the end of this lesson you will understand how formulas work, as well as how to apply them to your data. 

    10
    Working with Data

    In this lesson we'll take a look at some of the ways we can work with data in Sheets. 

    We'll talk about:

    • Splitting data into columns
    • Adding and editing named ranges
    • Protecting sheets and ranges
    11
    Sheets Tips, Add-Ons and Templates

    Now that we know how to set up, edit, and manipulate our sheets, it's time to take a look at some tips and advanced items. 

    We'll take a look at:

    • Adding images
    • Updating Excel spreadsheets with a Chrome extension
    • Emailing copies as attachments
    • Using add-ons
    • Finding and applying templates
    12
    Google Sheets Section Quiz

    Google Slides

    1
    Google Slides Intro

    A short introduction to the Google Slides section from Joe Buchmann.

    Google Slides is an online presentation app that allows you to show off your work in a visual way. It is similar to something like Microsoft Powerpoint.

    Here are a few things you can do with Google Slides:

    • Create and edit presentations
    • Edit a presentation with friends or coworkers, and share it with others effortlessly
    • Import files to Google Slides
    • Download your presentations in various formats
    • Insert images and videos into your presentation
    2
    Document Setup and History

    In this lesson we'll go over how to create Slide presentations and get them set up. 

    We'll cover the following items:

    • Create a new presentation
    • Page setup
    • Choosing and editing a theme
    • Importing and converting
    • Sharing the presentation
    • Document history

    By the end of this lesson you will be able to create or import a presentation, and set it up for your needs.

    3
    Editing Basics

    Now that we know how to start and set up a presentation, it's time to start learning how we can edit the content in it.

    In this lesson we'll cover the following:

    • Basic editing tools
    • Zoom
    • Creating slides
    • Changing slide layout and backgrounds
    • Inserting slide numbers

    By the end of this lesson you will have a basic understanding of how the slides work within your presentation.

    4
    Working with Text

    In this lesson we'll be adding text to you your presentation. We'll how to get it in there, as well as how to manipulate it to how we need it. 

    We'll cover the following text items:

    • Font styles
    • Alignment and spacing
    • Lists and indentation
    • Paint format
    • Links
    • Working with text boxes

    By the end of this lesson you will understand how text works in Slides, as well as be able to set text up to suit your needs. 

    5
    Working with Objects

    In this lesson we'll begin working with objects. We'll find out what kind of objects there are and how we can use them in Slides. 

    We'll cover the following object related items:

    • Working with shapes
    • Using lines and connectors
    • Adding images
    • Adding videos
    • Using and manipulating word art
    • Working with tables

    By the end of this lesson you will have an understanding of what objects are, which ones are available, and how to add them into your slides. 

    6
    Arranging Objects and Adding Animation

    Now that we know what kind of objects we can use, and how they work with slides, we'll go a little further with arranging and animating. 

    In this lesson we'll talk about:

    • Snap to grid and guides
    • Aligning and distributing objects
    • Grouping objects together
    • Adding animation

    By the end of this lesson you will be able to properly align your objects, as well as add animation to objects and slides. 

    7
    Tools, Import, and Comments

    Google Slides has a few tools to help you get the job done. 

    In this lesson, we'll take a look at:

    • The spelling tool
    • The explore and define tool
    • Importing slides from other presentations
    • Using comments in Slides
    8
    Presenting and Printing

    Now that we know how to create and build presentations, it's time to find out how we can show them off to people. 

    In this lesson we'll be covering presentation in the following items:

    • Starting a presentation
    • Presentation controls
    • Presenting in a new window
    • Presenting with speaker notes
    • Casting a presentation to another screen
    • Presenting with Google Hangouts

    By the end of this lesson you will be able to show your presentation any way that suits your needs.

    9
    Working with Templates

    In this lesson we take a look at how to find and apply templates to Google Slides. We'll also learn how to edit a master template and share a personal template for others to use.

    10
    Google Slides Section Quiz

    Google Forms

    1
    Google Forms Intro

    A short intro to Google Forms from Joe Buchmann.

    Google Forms is an easy to use tool for creating web forms, surveys, or online tests. Anyone can create a web form and tie it to a spreadsheet, without having to know any programming. 

    As will other Google apps, you can also collaborate with multiple people on a form at the same time.

    Here are a few things you can do with Google Forms:

    • Manage event registrations
    • Create an opinion poll
    • Collect email addresses for a newsletter
    • Create a pop quiz
    2
    Form Setup

    In this lesson we'll talk about how to create a form and start setting it up.

    We'll cover the following items:

    • Creating a new form
    • Adding a description
    • Form settings
    • Color and themes

    By the end of this lesson you will know how to start a new form, and get it set up how you want.

    3
    Add and Edit Questions

    Now that we can set up a form, we need to add some questions. 

    In this lesson we'll cover:

    • Adding titles
    • Adding images and videos
    • Changing the order of elements
    • Adding new questions
    • Types of questions

    By the end of this lesson you will have an understanding of the various types of questions available in Forms, as well as how to use them in your form.

    4
    Validate Answers

    With Google Forms, you can make sure that respondents fill out answers according to rules that you set. For example, you can tell Google Forms to accept only email addresses in a short answer question

    In this lesson we'll cover the following validation topics:

    • Validation settings
    • Text validation
    • Checkbox validation

    By the end of this lesson you will understand how validation works, as well as be able to add questions to your form to be validated.

    5
    Add Sections

    You can divide your form into sections to control how respondents interact with the form. This allows you to do things such as send users to different sections based on their answers. For example, you can send users who answer "Yes" to a question to page three of your form while sending users who answer "No" to page four.

    In this lesson we'll see how to add sections and control responses.

    6
    Sharing the Form and Collecting Responses

    There are a few ways to send your form to people to start filling it out. In this lesson we'll take a look at those, as well as how to collect responses.

    We'll cover the following items:

    • Ways to share the form
    • Pre-populating form answers
    • The responses tab
    • Spreadsheet responses
    • Pausing responses
    • Response options

    By the end of this lesson you will understand where responses go, how to view them, and how to control where they go.

    7
    Add-Ons

    In this lesson we'll take a look at how to install and use add-ons. We'll also learn how to use one of my favorite add-ons, Form Publisher.

    8
    Google Forms Section Quiz
    9
    BONUS: Attaching Files to Forms

    Google forms allows you to let people upload files when responding to your form. We'll see how to do that in this video.

    This video is also available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/FGhvycPp0_o

    What Now?

    1
    Wrapping it all Up

    A short thank you and closing statement from Joe Buchmann.

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