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How to convert Microsoft Word to PDF using Google Drive

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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!

How to import a PDF table into Google Sheets

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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.

How to create links to Google Docs files

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If you do a lot of work in Google Docs, there are times when you may want to create links to Google Docs files so other people can view or edit them. Sharing public links in Google Docs is easy to do, but the menu is buried and some of the options can be a little confusing. In addition, sometimes you may want to add restrictions to limit who can view the Google Docs file or who is allowed to edit the file. These are important considerations if you are collaborating using Google Drive or Google Docs.

The following 3-minute video explains how link sharing works for Google Docs. It covers both public links (viewable by anyone) as well as private links (limited to people you contact or people in your company):

How to embed Google Forms on WordPress or other sites

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In recent months, I have talked about how to create a Google Form and how to change the design. If you use Google Forms to make surveys, scheduling forms, or other online data-entry pages, you may prefer to simply email the Google Forms URL to users or post it on social media. However, there is another way to use Google Forms, that lets you embed Google Forms on WordPress or another type of website. It can be used for all kinds of websites, including corporate websites and WordPress blogs.

There are several advantages of embedding a Google Form on your own website:

  1. The web browser will show your web domain (e.g., in30minutes.com) instead of the Google Forms URL.
  2. You can leverage the branding you may have on the website, such as logos or links to other resources.
  3. Other people may be more likely to use the form if it comes from a trusted source, such as your business URL or an official brand URL.

In order to embed the form on a website, the website will need to allow HTML to be added to a specific page, and you (or someone who has access to the content management system of the website) has the ability to add a line of computer code. This is important, because not all websites allow such access, or you may not know how to do this. However, if you manage your own website or blog, and you are comfortable with copying and pasting, it’s not hard to place Google Forms on WordPress or another type of website.. The following short video shows how, using a WordPress business website as an example.