Learn how to convert a PowerPoint .pptx presentation to Google Slides in this three-minute video. This is useful for sharing presentations with people who do not have or cannot afford PowerPoint, or simply to leverage Google Slides’ superior collaboration features. Narrated by the author of Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes.
Learn how to add a new row to your spreadsheet, using the new Google Sheets interface released in 2015. This Google Sheets tutorial is about one minute long, and is narrated by Ian Lamont, author of the top-selling Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes (2nd Edition).
There are two ways to review survey or form responses on Google Forms. This quick video will show both methods, and describe the pros and cons of each. Google Forms is Google’s free alternative to Surveymonkey that integrates with Google Sheets and Google Drive. The video is about 5 minutes long and is narrated by the author of Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes.
Learn how to convert a Google Slides presentation to a PowerPoint .pptx file. The video is three minutes long and can be useful for sharing presentations with people who do not have – or cannot use – Google Slides, or to leverage PowerPoint’s superior formatting and themes. The video is narrated by the author of Google Drive and Docs In 30 Minutes.
How to convert an MS Word .docx or .doc document to a PDF for free, using the new Google Drive interface. It’s a three-step process, but it’s relatively quick and avoids using Adobe Acrobat or spammy online services. This tutorial uses the new Google Drive/Google Docs interface, introduced in 2015. This Google Drive tutorial is narrated by Ian Lamont, author of the top-selling technology guides Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes, Excel Basics In 30 Minutes, and Twitter In 30 Minutes. Leave questions in the comments, and the author will try to answer them to the best of his ability!
In less than 12 minutes, learn how to take a PDF table and import it into Google Sheets in order to change the data, create charts, or reconvert it to another format such as Microsoft Excel .xlsx. Note that it’s a complicated workaround involving other tools in the Google Suite (including Google Drive and Google Docs and text and CSV files), and will only work with simple PDF tables – complex tables, or mixed tables and other content on the PDF page can’t easily be converted to PDF using this method. This video also shows how to handle errors in the import process, such as mismatched columns and rows. The PDF to Sheets tutorial is a huge time-saver for power users, accountants, bookkeepers, MBA students, and others who want to save time with Google Sheets. This short G Suite video is narrated by the author of Google Drive and Docs In 30 Minutes.
Things may look a bit different in the latest update of Google Drive’s website interface, but the functionality is still the same … for the most part. Check out this short video to learn what is new. Narrated by the author of Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes.
It’s possible to attach a wired printer to Google Cloud Print. Why would you want to do this, considering a PC or laptop can send print jobs directly to the printer, without Google Cloud Print?
The answer: Other laptops, PCs, and mobile devices on the same network will be able to wirelessly print Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files. It’s a cool feature, albeit one that requires extra setup steps to make it work.
Here are the instructions for enabling a wired printer to be used with Google Cloud Print services:
- Make sure the wired printer is turned on and connected to the PC or laptop you are using with a USB cable.
- Launch Google Chrome, and click the More actions icon (three dots in the upper right corner of the browser window).
- Click Settings, then Advanced.
- Scroll down to Google Cloud Print and select it.
- Select Manage Cloud Print Devices.
- Under Classic Printers, click Add Printers.
- Select from available devices.
Once Google Cloud Print is enabled for a wired printer attached to a PC or a laptop, the printer will not need to be configured for other computers and devices connected to the same wireless network.
A few months ago, I created a video series on Udemy called Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes. The series mirrors most of the book I wrote about Google Drive and Docs, but has the advantage of being really visual. In this post I will be sharing one of the foundation videos that explains the Google Drive interface. It’s less than 6 minutes long. Enjoy!