Save Time Converting to Google Docs

Time is a precious commodity. Google Docs has saved me countless hours. With Google Docs, I am able to get to all of my files regardless of where I am in the world. I am not restricted to a single location to work on a file. With shared links to Google Docs, I can make a change that is immediately seen by everyone with access to the file. This eliminates wasted time in redistributing files that have been changed. Let me share two quick tips that will help you save even more time as you transfer your content to Google Docs.

Drag and Drop

If you have Google Drive open in a web browser, you can simply drag and drop a file onto Google Drive and it will upload.

More importantly, if you drag a folder from your file system onto Google Drive, it will upload the entire folder.

Drag and drop a folder onto Google Drive

Drag and drop a folder onto Google Drive

Auto Convert Files

If you intend to convert all of your files to Google formatted files, you can change a setting to have this occur automatically. To do this, follow these instructions:

  1. Open Google Drive.
  2. Click on the Settings button and then Settings from the drop down.

    Google Drive settings button

    Google Drive settings button

  3. From the General tab click on the check box for Convert uploaded files to Google Docs editor format.

    Convert checkbox

    Convert checkbox

  4. Click the Done button.

Using these two tips will help you get more time in your life. Naturally, if you have questions, please contact a member of the TEI team.

Stan Skrabut, Ed.D.

Stan is Director of Technology-Enhanced Instruction. He has over 20 years experience working as an instructional technologist and trainer. He has a master’s degree in computing technology in education and a doctorate in education specializing in instructional technology.

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