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How Do I Create and Share a Google® Document

March 22, 2013  |  Difficulty: Easy

how to simply use Google Doc to share documents

Google® Doc is an online document sharing solution based on the cloud model. If you have a Google® account, you can simply create and share text, spreadsheets, presentations or image documents. In addition, you can upload a document from your hard drive and share it. However, files need to be converted to the Google® Doc format in order to be edited online. The interface of Google® Doc is very clean and non-cluttered. Many formatting options are not found in the doc editor, such as the ability to manually place pictures with your mouse, which can be irritating.

The suite, showing off the well-known speed and integration from Google®, was both fast to load and easy to use. In the instructions below, you can read how to simply use this handy tool to share documents with your friends.

Sharing a document using Google® Doc:

  1. Launch your Internet browser and go to the Google® Docs homepage.
  2. Log in with your Google® account.
  3. Create a new doc - In the left navigation bar, click on the red “CREATE“ button and select the type of document you want to create.
    Upload a doc - In the left navigation bar, click on the red “UPLOAD“ button. Then, click on the “Files...“ and locate the document file on your hard drive. Click on the “Start upload“ button, then click on the document in the list.
  4. Click on the “Share“ button in the upper-right corner of the interface.
  5. Set the sharing settings (Who has access), click on the “Change...“ link and set:
    Public on the web – Anyone on the Internet can find and access the document.
    Anyone with the link – You will get a link to access the document and you can share it with whomever you want.
    Private – Only people explicitily granted rights to the document will be able to access it. You have to add them in the “Share setting“ dialog box in “Add people“ box.
  6. Click on the “Done“ button.

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