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Why Senior Citizens Should Consider Using Google Docs

Updated on July 19, 2017
Im sure he's used Google Docs, but he'll never tell.
Im sure he's used Google Docs, but he'll never tell. | Source

Getting started on Google Docs

One feature I really like about Google Docs is that you can create a document, and it will automatically save, and you never lose that document until you want to let it go. Plus, there are times you want to share a document with a select few. If you send it through email (and this has happened to me many times), someone will accidentally forward one part of an email thread and not realize that the recipient got the entire thread, plus the document you shared. With Google Docs you can share it with the people you want it shared with and it will never go to anybody else. So, here are the first two lessons:

1. How to open Google Docs – Go to Google Search. From there, click the nine small boxes that look like one big box. You will see a lot of apps there. You will want to go to Google Drive. It looks like a colorful triangle. When you click it, voila, you will not be in Google Docs. It is that private.

2. Instead, you will have to log in using your Google gmail. Then you will be in Google Docs. Another thing I like about Google Docs is that if you have to work on a project but can’t bring your bulky laptop with you, you can simply go to any computer in a library or wherever, find your document on Google Drive, and start working. Below is a list of documents that I have on Google Drive:

Some of my Google Docs

No one can access your google docs unless you give them your gmail address' password. Also, you can access your Google docs on any laptop, android, or iphone.
No one can access your google docs unless you give them your gmail address' password. Also, you can access your Google docs on any laptop, android, or iphone. | Source

Creating a new Google Doc

To create a new document, click the three bars to the left on top, beside the words, “Google Docs”. This will show you a bar on the left that lists down everything you can do with Google Docs.

To the left you will see everything you can do with Google Docs

We will be working on each item on the left of the page.
We will be working on each item on the left of the page. | Source

Docs and Spreadsheets on Google Docs

Notice to the left that you have many options. This is what they mean:

  1. Docs, of course, this means documents and when you click that you will be able to create a new document. If it’s a very private letter, you can share it only with the person you choose, using Google Docs’ share application. Then you can tell the person via email to check his or her Google document. You can also make your very own private diary on Google Docs. No one will see it except for you because only you have access to your Gmail password. Another option is to use it to list three things you are grateful each day. This is a lovely exercise and I hope you will try doing this for at least 21 days or even better, three months. Somehow, this simple list that you can whip up in a minute can change your perception of life over time in a very positive way.
  2. Sheets refer to Excel spreadsheets. This is very useful when you are taking a lot of different medicines. You can spread out your morning, afternoon and evening medicines, list them down, and then add a section for the date. If you want, you can also check what time you took your medicine. Here’s an example of a spreadsheet for keeping track of your medicines:
  3. NOTE: If you have trouble reading the spreadsheets, press control and while doing so, press + as many times as you need to, to make it legible.

This spreadsheet can help you keep track of your medicines

Use your spreadsheet to keep track of your medicines,
Use your spreadsheet to keep track of your medicines, | Source

Other uses of spreadsheets

Spreadsheets can also be used to help you plan an exercise program. There are a lot of youtube videos with exercises not just for the body, but for the heart as well. Here is a yoga laughter video, which you can schedule once a week, The other days can be used for gardening, walking 1,000 steps, and dancing among others.

Head First Excel: A learner's guide to spreadsheets (Head First Guides)
Head First Excel: A learner's guide to spreadsheets (Head First Guides)

This is a great book. It leads you from being a spreadsheet dabbler to using large data for analytical purposes. Okay, don't get intimidated by that last part, there are lots in between. But supposing you had a lot of data about your child who has become an adult and suddenly you don't have the harmony you had all your lives. That's when you can use the large data to analyze what's going on. Just suggesting...

 

6 Quick Laughter Yoga Exercises That Access the Now

Yoga Laughter is fun. Add it to your spreadsheet.

Not everyone will know how to do a spreadsheet, but including yoga laughter into your exercise regimen may make you decide that you want to work on a weekly sports program. Be sure to include walking 1,000 (or 10,000) steps if you can, dancing, and meditation.

There is so much more to laughter yoga than this short video shows. If you are interested in knowing the secrets to this fantastic type of yoga, I think this book will help you out. Do give it a try and make laughter part of your daily habits.

laughter yoga

The Laughter Yoga Book
The Laughter Yoga Book

Laughter can be shallow, but it is the very deep laughter that makes it true and healthy. I hope that you will consider pursuing laughter yoga.

 

Tutorial 01 - Creating and Basic Formatting

You can make a presentation. Do it just for fun.

  1. Slides. These usually refer to corporate presentations, which seniors will probably not be doing much of. However, you can use the slides to make a presentation with a group that you are affiliated with. Or you can plan a family reunion and hold a meeting with the primary stakeholders of the reunion to show them why everyone should partake in the family reunion.Or, you can make a funny presentation and everyone can have a contest on who has the funniest presentation of all. Here are some templates if you want to make a presentation:

Templates for your presentation

You can design your own template or follow one of these. If you scroll down, there are a lot more to choose from.
You can design your own template or follow one of these. If you scroll down, there are a lot more to choose from. | Source

Have a slide presentation contest

You may find it fun to make some interesting slide presentations for yourself, using these templates like a recipe book, a Lookbook of your favorite photos, perhaps a yearbook if you live in a senior resident’s facility or a book of family recipes. The templates will make it easy for you to follow.

Here’s a slide I did, and you can see in the column to the right that they have many alternate suggestions. If you scroll there you will find about ten choices, but only two fit right here in the picture.

Yes, I have no shame. And I know the grammar is wrong. As in, yes, we have no bananas.
Yes, I have no shame. And I know the grammar is wrong. As in, yes, we have no bananas. | Source

I don’t know if it depends on your laptop or if slides have minimized somewhat, but in this Google tutorial, there are a lot of options that I don’t have on my laptop.

01. Google Slides: Basic Functions

Here is my second slide here. I actually made a seven page presentation, but will spare you the rest

You must be so grateful that I am not gonna upload the remaining five slides.
You must be so grateful that I am not gonna upload the remaining five slides. | Source

I don’t like playing online games, but I like fooling around with slides. Maybe you will like both. Maybe Eric Dierker could find some this useful for his Sunday sermons.

After presentation slides, you will see the settings icon. Settings allow you to choose your language, give you the option to always show right-to-left controls, and create, open and edit your recent documents offline.

You will also be given a set of templates, and you have the option to display the newest templates on your home screens.

Help me Google Docs

Help is on the right side of the screen:)
Help is on the right side of the screen:) | Source

Finally, there is a help option. So if you need help or just want to learn more and fool around a bit with Google Docs, help can be found.

A friend told me that in Google Docs, all my information is in a cloud. Naturally, it’s nice to think of a cloud in the sky holding everything I produce online. But really, that’s just a name. It is stored somewhere in the hardware. It’s a hard cloud.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 4 months ago from Philippines

      Thanks so much for your very kind words, Jo:). I hope you find some real use from Google Docs.

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      Jo Miller 4 months ago from Tennessee

      Your articles are just chock full of useful ideas. I'm bookmarking this and will come back later to study it closer.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 4 months ago from Philippines

      Hello Ms. Dora, you are always a ray of sunshine in Hub Pages. How wonderful to hear from you. Yes, there is more we can do on Google Docs and I hope that you find something that will be of genuine use to you. Your son sounds very nice and patient, to have taken the time to teach you Google Docs. With a mother like you, that should come as no surprise:)

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      Dora Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      My son introduced me to Google Docs within the last year. Thanks for making me aware of other uses which for now are advanced to me, but I will definitely try them.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 4 months ago from Philippines

      Hi Devika, how wonderful to hear from you again:). You need not try them all, just choose what you think will be useful to you. Just imagine, if not for Google and the Internet, we would never have connected through Hub Pages:). It is all well indeed.

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      Devika Primić 4 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting and informative! I tried but need more time.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 4 months ago from Philippines

      Dear Mr. Bill, how wonderful of you to drop by:). I wonder what would be a good alternative to senior citizens? Maybe the Golden Generation. That is the true quality of us boomers.

      Dear Mary, what a wonderful experience that would be to be living in a sailboat:). I hope someday you will make a hub and share your slide presentations with us. I think it would make a great book, too.

      Dear Eric, thank you so much for your kind words. I hope you don't mind my having used you as an example in this article. I could not resist:). It would be a way to keep track of your Sunday sermons.

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That is a very interesting tool, thank you for explaining it so well.

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      Mary Wickison 4 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Mona,

      I have only used it once to send an article to someone. I now know I need to explore it further.

      My husband and I hope to buy a sailboat and live on it so this program would be extremely useful. Not only for making slides of our adventures but for keeping track of so much.

      For example:

      Spreadsheets for provisions, a schedule for repairs, and expenditures.

      Thanks for reminding me how useful it can be.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Who are you calling a senior citizen? LOL I suppose I am, right, so I did pay attention to your great advice.