Creating and Saving a Document

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 31, 2013)

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Google Docs allows you to easily create an almost limitless number of documents. Here are the simple steps to start writing:

  1. Log into Google Drive (drive.google.com).
  2. Click the Create button at the left of the screen. Drive presents you with a list of items you can create.
  3. Click Document. Drive displays a blank document in the Docs interface.

That's it; you can start typing away. If you've used other word processors, you know that you need to save your document from time to time so that you don't lose your work. Docs is a bit different; it saves your work as you type and edit. You'll notice this difference if you examine the Docs interface. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Docs shows you that it has saved your changes.

Note, however, that the document you are working on does not initially have a name assigned to it. One of the first things you'll want to do is change the documents name. To do this, just click the current name (the default is "Untitled document") and Docs presents a dialog box where you can enter a new name. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. Changing a document's name.

Replace the default name with the name you desire and then click OK. Docs dutifully changes the document's name and shows that new name in the upper-left corner of the screen. Docs then immediately saves this change, and your document is up to date.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 4 + 8?

2019-02-27 10:36:53

Bob M

Assuming that I've made mistakes in my editing, how do I close a Drive document without saving any changes?