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Fast and free solutions in Google Drive

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Almost everyone has a Gmail account. And, if you do, you also have access to many other tools, including Google Drive, which allows you to create spreadsheets, documents, presentations and more. Ever click on that More option? Here’s what’s there.

Google Forms

Google FormsIf you need an e-form for a survey or administrative process, try Google Forms. You can set up forms to require respondents to sign in with a Google account or not. You have several question types to choose from:

  • Short Answer
  • Paragraph
  • Multiple Choice
  • Checkboxes
  • Dropdown
  • Linear Scale
  • Multiple Choice Grid

You can send your completed form via email right from the app, copy a hyperlink or code for your website. Get the answers individually, or as a summary. Forms and form data are saved to your Google Drive, but you can export results to a spreadsheet if you like. It’s so easy to use, you’ll be thinking up reasons you need to use it.

Google Drawings

Google DrawingsNeed a whiteboard but don’t have one? Try Google Drawings. Text, pictures, shapes and more can be added to your freeform drawings space. While it doesn’t appear that you can use your touchscreen PC to draw with your finger, it’s still fairly easy to do what you want to do with the mouse. Now, even if everyone is not in the same room, you can still have a shared whiteboard. Best of all, it is saved to Google Drive. So, no one has to write threatening messages on the board to keep people from erasing it. In addition to drawing on your drawing space, you can insert:

  • Text boxes
  • Pictures
  • Hyperlinks
  • Word art
  • Lines with your choice of style, start and end appearance
  • Shapes
  • Tables
  • Comments

Google My Maps

Google My MapsIf you frequently travel, you have probably used one or more mapping sites to get directions. This feature allows you to pinpoint a location and then add other locations to it, which could come in handy if you’re planning a trip. You can add restaurants, attractions, client sites, airports and more to your map and save it. Saving it means, if you frequently travel to this area, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel each time.

All of these apps are easy to use and just take a few minutes to master the basics.





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John April 4, 2017 at 6:06 am

I find the article very helpful since I’m still a newbie in using Google Drive. I’ve never thought that there are many things we can do in Google Drive aside from storing our files.


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