Spruce up your Google Docs!
Type of Technology: Google Docs
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade Level: All
Subject Area: All
Description: Want to jazz up writing assignments? You can easily do this with the following list of 10 detailed features (that are easy to use and access) within Google Docs to make a more creative, personalized document.
Move over Times New Roman! Transform your Google Doc by swapping in new fonts. Click on the name of the font on the tool bar to get a drop-down menu for preset fonts.
Adding New Fonts
Create a “HyperDoc” by linking to outside sources directly in your Google Doc. Just highlight text, and select Insert > Link and paste in the URL from a website.
With over 50,000 clip art items and icons that are licensed for free use, adding images is a great way to add some personality to a document. Select Insert > Image > Search to get started. To see what images are licensed for free use in Google, Select Search Tools>Usage Rights>Labeled for Reuse.
Add Custom Drawings
Use Google Docs to show off your writing and artistic skills. Embed a digital drawing by selecting Insert > Drawing to open up the drawing board. You can free-hand draw or use shapes, text, lines, arrows, and images from the web. Click Save and Close and Google automatically embeds the drawing in your text document wherever your cursor was.
Using Special Characters
You can insert special characters, including Greek letters, arrows, and shapes, into a Google Doc–just select Insert > Ω Special characters to begin. Browse via the menus, search for keywords, or draw what you’re looking for!
Adding Page Numbers (Better than Headers)
Easily add page numbers using Insert > Page number, and then choose where you want the page number to appear. *Note: for MLA format, use this option and have students type their last name before the page number.
Header and Footer
If you want to add items such as footnotes, titles, or running headers to all of the pages in your document, you can add headers and footers by selecting Insert > Header or Footer. Put your cursor where you want the footnote to be. Click Command-Option-F (on a Mac)
Changing Bullet Points
Bored of the simple circle bullet point? Use the icon menu to adjust to preset styles. To add a unique bullet point, highlight your list and select Format > Lists > List options > More bullets… to insert a special character.
A new introduction to Google Docs, voice typing uses your computer’s microphone to transcribe audio. Select Tools > Voice typing… to get set up. Voice typing requires you to speak words to add punctuation like “period” and “question mark” (you need to speak clearly and say “period,” “comma,” etc.) *Note: Voice typing is only available in Chrome browsers.