Documents Overview

Google docs interface

Documents is a cloud-based word processing application, similar to Microsoft Word, that allows collaborators to create and edit documents. It offers users a rich-text editor to easily get work done plus multiple options to communicate with collaborators.

Communicating with Documents

Chat

When multiple collaborators are present in the document, click on the Chat icon button on the top right to chat about your work. The chat box will appear at the bottom right of the document. Click on the Settings button button to edit notification settings. 

Comments

To comment on specific items in a document: highlight the item, right click and press Comment. A comment box will appear on the right side of the page. Collaborators can then reply to a comment, edit their own comments, or resolve a comment. 

Comment window

 

Send Email

Another way to communicate to collaborators, though not directly on the document, is to send them an email. Do this by going to File > Email Collaborators. This is a convienent way to send reminders to collaborators who do not check the document often.


Send messaging window