5 Reasons I use Google Docs [review]

It’s Free!  Top reason I use Google Docs is that it’s FREE.  What better way of saving money especially when on a tight budget as a student or even work.

Some initial costs of certain office suites can be really high then there are the occasional upgrades which will cost a bit more.

Auto Save

One of my favorite convenience is the Auto Save feature.  You never have to remember to go to File then Save as it automatically saves along the way either locally or on your Google Drive.  Other suites do offer this but usually at longer intervals.

If you have ever worked on a spreadsheet or other document on a desktop and your power goes out, you lose most of your work and worse the file becomes corrupt and may not be able to open it again.

Google Docs Online/Offline

People don’t understand some of the benefits of Cloud Computing and one is using online services such as Google Docs.  People don’t understand why Chromebooks have small storage, simply put you don’t need much of it as the main program is located on a server.  You no longer need to install programs directly onto your Chromebook, Chromebox or Chromebase so leaving you most of the storage for files, music and videos you want to store locally.

Another benefit of Google Docs is it’s available offline as well,

  • On your computer, open the Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides home screen.
  • In the top left, click Menu .
  • Click Settings.
  • Turn Offline on.

Compatibility

Google Docs is compatible with many file formats, also features a preview when available.  Some formats include:

.doc (if newer than Microsoft Office 95), .docx, .docm .dot, .dotx, .dotm, .html, plain text (.txt), .rtf, .odt, .xls (if newer than Microsoft Office 95), .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlt, .xltx, .xltm .ods, .csv, .tsv, .txt, .tab, .ppt (if newer than Microsoft Office 95), .pptx, .pptm, .pps, .ppsx, .ppsm, .pot, .potx, .potm

As you can see, it’s very flexible on many levels.

Availability

Another amazing reason I use Google Docs is convenience of availability.  You can log into your account from any PC or Phone to gain access to your documents.  Just don;t forget to logout of your Google account when finished.

I always have my Acer Chromebook 14 wherever I go and sometimes open a hot spot on my cellphone giving me access to the internet allowing me to edit my files on the go.  This comes in handy when working on projects at a friends house or work.

Hope you enjoyed my list of 5 Reason I use Google Docs.  It’s simply convenient on so many levels, hope some of what I listed above peek your interest to try Google Docs on your own 🙂

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