In this video, staff author Jess Stratton shows you how to collaborate simultaneously inside a Google Doc. She also shows you how to chat with active users.
- [Instructor] A great feature of using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings within Google Drive is the ability to collaborate simultaneously on a document. If you've shared out a document and given somebody else editing capabilities, or if someone shared a file with you, you can both edit it at the same time. You'll know that somebody else is in the document editing it also by their Google avatar icon on the top right-hand side of the screen. Google will also assign them a color, and that's the color of the cursor that you'll see in the document.
In fact, you may see many avatars lined up on this top right-hand side if many people are working actively in the document. You can see the insertion point of the document and any changes they make as they occur. You can see the typing happen and the text of your document will change. You can also chat with everybody while you're working. Click the chat bubble on the top right-hand side to initiate the chat window. Any previous chats that you've had while you were working in that document will be saved in here also.
If you don't see a chat window here, it means you're not signed in to a Google account. And the creator of the doc has given anybody permission to edit the document without needing a Google account first. To close out of the chat window at any time, click the X on the top right-hand side. It's that easy to collaborate simultaneously on your Google docs.
- Accessing Google Drive
- Navigating the web interface
- Uploading files via the web
- Converting files to Google Doc format
- Deleting and recovering files
- Purchasing more storage space for your files
- Organizing and searching Google Drive
- Using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
- Creating drawings
- Using Google Docs to collaborate with others
- Using Google Drive on a mobile device