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Google Docs Advanced Features

Carol LaRow

Work more effectively with Google Docs. Use some of the great features that allow you and your students to customize and format documents quickly. Edit images, use Add-Ons, do research, utilize formatting commands, add custom fonts, add bookmarks, use the Draw Tool, and much more.
Edit Images Inside Docs
No need to leave the document itself and use a 3rd party software to edit images and pictures. Now, you can change images right inside the document itself.

Select the image/picture within the document and:

  • Use the toolbar
  • Format Menu
  • Right-click the image and use the drop down menu

You can:

  • crop
  • rotate
  • re-color
  • adjust brightness
  • change contrast
  • add transparency
  • add borders
  • change to a different image

This feature can be very helpful and save time.

Editing Images - Image Options
Use the "Image Option" feature to change colors of images, adjust transparency, brightness, and contrast.
You can also choose negative colors. A nice feature is that the image is changed, not the background.
Revert Back To Original
You can always revert back to your original image. Choose, "No Re-Color" in the Image Option sidebar.
Export Docs As EPub's
Use the "Download As" feature to export Docs as EPub's for students to use.
  • Makes digital copies of documents
  • Useful for longer documents
  • Allows students to view documents on wide range of screen sizes and devices
  • Works with smartphones, tablets, eReaders, iPads, Androids, Kindles, etc.
Shows in Google Drive as .epub
Export to EPub Format
Converts so that user has regular controls in his/her Reader or device; see circled areas in images iPad: User can scroll through pages and use iPad controls: highlight, bookmark, define, etc.
Search Within Files
Useful to find documents shared with you by others.
  • Great when you can't remember the name of a file
  • Search by title
  • Also search by person's name within document, email address, owner of the file, topic inside the file,
    text in the document, etc.
Search By Title
Search Text Within A File
Google eBooks
"Google eBooks" - Read books online and access them from any computer, anywhere. Google stores your digital books in "the cloud."          
  1. Over 3 million digital books
  2. Works with almost any device including the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Sony, and Nook.
  3. Also works on a computer. Read books right in the browser window
  4. At present, it is not compatible with the Kindle
  5. Read online; when you stop reading, Google adds a bookmark where you left off for the next time you want to continue reading
  6. Purchase books from Google or one of Google's many partners

Go to "Google Books"

Go to "Google Bookstore"

Google Trends
"Google Trends" - Get information about searches people are doing Worldwide. See broad search pattern results by country and city.
  1. Based on Internet searches done on Google over time
  2. Results only shown for those terms that receive a significant amount of search traffic
  3. Countries and cities show up, by rank - which areas searching the most for the term you entered in your query
  4. Can export to .csv files which can be opened in spreadsheet applications
  5. Have students use Trends when doing research
  6. Harvest Trend Charts for classroom discussions and lessons
  7. Can compare multiple terms; use commas

Go to "Google Trends"

Google Translate
"Google Translate" - Translate phrases, text, documents, and entire webpages.
  1. Type a phrase; translate instantly
  2. Works with 57 languages
  3. Type phrase to translate on the right side
  4. See translation on the left side
  5. Click the "speaker icon" to hear the words being spoken
  6. Detects language if you are not sure what language you are trying to translate
  7. Uses technology to do the translations
  8. Users can view alternate translations by clicking on words above the box.
  9. Users can also drag words to re-order them in the sentence (Use shift key)

Note: The boxes change, depending on what you type. If you type a phrase or word, the translation appears on the right side of the window. If you type a URL, the link appears on the right side of the window, and you click on it to go to the translated page. When a webpage is translated, you can hover over a word or sentence, and Google will translate that word or sentence back to the original language you started with.

Go to "Google Translate"

Complete webpage translated
Google Image Search
Cool Feature
"Search By Image" - Google has a feature which allows users to search for images by using other images, rather than typing in text.
  1. Go to the Google Search Engine page
  2. Click on "Image Search"
  3. Click on the camera icon in the search box
  4. Select an image from your hard drive by clicking on the "Browse" button
  5. In the sample provided, a picture of Paul Revere was chosen
  6. Google finds all examples of that image (or similar images) on the web and aggregates them onto a search result page, with links

Note: You can also drag and drop images from your hard drive directly into the search box.

Go to "Google Search Engine"

Google Search Stories Video Creator
"Google Search Stories Video Creator" - Use this tool to create your own search story video. Videos are about a minute in length. Google provides the templates, and they are easy and fun to follow.

Do the following:

  1. Type in search terms about the topic of your choice
  2. You can have up to seven search terms
  3. Determine which results best communicate the story you'd like to tell
  4. Choose from: webpages, images, maps, news, blogs, products, and books
  5. Choose music from loops Google provides
  6. Preview
  7. Upload to YouTube
  8. View
  9. Use with students as they study a topic

1. See a sample Search Story by Carol LaRow

2. Create your own Google Search Story

Google Custom Search Engine
"Custom Search Engine" - Use this tool to create a customized search engine that only searches the sites you pre-determine for your students. Choose the websites, insert the urls, and know that your students are searching the WEB safely. This is also useful because it cuts down on the number of irrelevant hits the students get, which saves time.

You can:

  1. Specify display results
  2. Style the search engine to have the look and feel of your own website
  3. Collaborate with others and have them contribute to the search engine
  4. Add search refinements within results pages, allowing users to find information they are looking for
  5. Add more sites to a search engine's index
  6. Create a Custom Search Engine on the "fly" by cutting and pasting code into a website's html
  7. Have Google host the search engine
  8. Integrate the search engine with your own website
  9. Use on websites or blogs

1. See a sample Custom Search Engine

2. Create your own Custom Search Engine

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