Sunday, May 20, 2012

Google Docs: New Fonts & Templates

Google Docs is making the transition to Google Drive and with that they have recently announce some improved features for Docs users. Most notably is the addition of  60 new templates and 450 new fonts.

New Fonts:
Before you can access the new fonts you need to click on the button to Try Google Drive, found on the screen you see when you access your list of Google Docs. After that the fonts don't show up automatically, you have to manually add the ones you commonly like to use. To access the fonts:
  1. Open a New Document.
  2. Click on the name of the font.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the list of fonts and choose Add Fonts.
  4. Choose the fonts you want to add.
New Templates:
If you're looking for an easy and efficient way to provide students with a starting point for a digital project, Google Docs Templates can help. You can save time and guide the learning by providing students with a consistent page format by using and creating your own templates. A Google Docs template is like a virtual copy machine. There are plenty of user-submitted templates already created and available for public use and there is even a category for Students and Teachers. Here are some of the new templates created by Google of particular interest to educators:
Note: You must be signed in to your Gmail account to preview and access the templates.

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