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Lesson 1: Create a File

Use Google Docs

Write your paper using Google Docs. No, you cannot use Microsoft Word. No, you canot use Pages for Mac. Use Google Docs.

There are many reasons for this, which I will be happy to explain in class. But basically, when I give you class time to work on your paper, I don't want to hear anyone say, "I can't work on my paper because it's at home on my home computer." And when I say, "Get your paper up on the screen so I can show you how to make these formatting corrections," I don't want to hear anyone say, "I can't because I forgot my flashdrive."

So use Google Docs.

Lesson Steps

 
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Login to your Google Account.

  • Do you know your username and password?
2. Create a Google Doc.
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Give your document a proper file name.

  • At the top left corner of your document you should see a box that says "Untitled Document." Click on the box and give your document a proper file name. Here are some examples:
    • Sweden Pro 1
    • Sweden Con 1
  • The number at the end of your file name means that this is the first draft of your paper. Periodically you should save your file under a different file name, like this
    • Sweden Pro 2
    • Sweden Con 2
4. Close your document and log out of your account. Now log back in and find your document again.
  • Did you remember your password?
  • Were you able find the document you created?
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