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How to use Google Drive for collaboration

Many people think of Google Drive as a cloud storage and sync service, and it is that — but it also encompasses a suite of online office apps that are comparable with Microsoft Office. Google Docs (the word processor), Google Sheets (the spreadsheet app) and Google Slides (the presentation app) can import and export Microsoft Office files, and you can use them to work together with colleagues on a document, spreadsheet or presentation, in real time if you wish.

Here are the essentials to know in order to effectively use Google Drive’s office suite to collaborate.

Sharing and access options

Google Drive gives you fine-tuned control over who can see your files and what they can do with them.

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Can these tools help you write more good? Maybe even better.

You may have started to read this article because you’re interested in its subject. If you continue, it may be because the way I wrote these opening paragraphs (called the lede) is holding your attention. And that could be thanks to the online tools I used to analyze these first four paragraphs.

If you’re unsure of your writing skill, online tools could give you insight into how to improve. This could benefit you in composing compelling posts, emails likely to get responses or professional-sounding reports.

I put my writing through four such analysis tools: Grammarly, Hemingway, Slick Write and Boomerang Respondable. I’ve always been a little put off by the notion that software could help me, a professional writer, write better. But experience and people teach us things — so why regard a computer program any differently?

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