You can use Microsoft Word with Google Docs to create and collaborate on documents. You’ve always used Microsoft Word to create your own documents. But now you work with or for other people who use Google Docs. Do you need to renounce Word and adopt Google Docs to take on these new projects? Nope, you can tag team both applications. The two actually play well together. Here’s how: You can create your documents in Word and upload them to Google Drive. You can then view, read, and edit your Word docs in Google Docs to make further changes. You can easily share documents with other people. Google Docs offers its own version of Track Changes so you can see the modifications each person makes to your documents. And you can save a Google Docs file as a Word document, among other formats. First, you’ll need to create a Google account if you don’t already have one. Your Google account provides access to Google Docs and Google Drive, both of which you’ll use to upload, edit, and share documents. Browse to the Google Accounts page to set up your account. Next, segue to Microsoft Word. You can use any version of Word for … Read More
You can edit PDF files without having to shell out big bucks for the full Adobe Acrobat program. Someone has sent you a PDF file for your review or responses. Now you need to fill out text fields, add a signature, or insert comments to the file. Perhaps you’ve discovered a typo or other error that needs to be corrected or changed on your end. Or maybe you need to delete or rearrange pages in the file. Yes, you can edit the file with the full version of Adobe Acrobat. But that’s an expensive program, especially if you don’t need it on an ongoing basis. Instead, you can turn to some free tools to edit the file. The free Adobe Acrobat Reader is designed mainly for displaying PDF files, but you can perform basic maneuvers, such as adding text, highlighting specific areas, and inserting your signature. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
The latest version of Apple’s mobile OS offers some benefits for Office users who own an iPad. Apple’s iOS 11 brings several enhancements to the iPad. And those of you who use Microsoft Office on certain model iPads can take advantage of them. iOS 9 introduced a couple of features that can display two apps on the screen at the same time. So for example, you can see both Word and Excel together side by side. Now, with iOS 11, you can drag and drop text, hyperlinks, and images from one app to another. Further, Office users who use OneDrive for backing up and syncing their documents can rev up Apple’s new Files app. The Files app helps you connect to and access files stored on OneDrive as well as other online storage sites. Let’s check it all out. For this article, I’ll assume you run Microsoft Office on your iPad. In my article on How to Choose and Use the Mobile Version of Microsoft Office, I explain how Office Mobile operates on a phone or tablet, and under what conditions you can use the suite for free. Update to iOS 11 First, make sure you’ve updated your iPad to iOS … Read More
This newsletter is called Windows Secrets, but if listening to Microsoft for the last couple of years has shown us anything, it’s that we are all moving into a multiplatform world. So I’ve started looking at the types of user experiences we’re all likely to have as our family members bring home non-Windows machines and expecte everything to work together seamlessly. One of the first non-Windows operating systems I have begun learning is ChromeOS. However, short of having a Chromebook, there is no downloads available of the ChromeOS itself so that it can be installed in a virtual machine on your Windows PC. However, I did find a way to install the ChromiumOS – the open source base for ChromeOS – on a bootable USB flash drive. If you’d like to start playing around with ChromiumOS, follow these steps. First, start at Neverware’s website. In 2015, they developed CloudReady, a lightweight OS that is built from ChromiumOS and provides users the ability to run it on nearly any hardware. According to Neverware, CloudReady is in use on hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in education, enterprise, and individuals. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid … Read More