Quick Tip:
A Free Online Word Processor and Spreadsheet

One of the realities of writing DM copy is that most of your bigger clients want copy sent as a Microsoft Word document. Word, which runs about $250, is a good word processor – but Google offers a good – FREE – alternative called "Google Docs." (And, even if you already use Word, Google Docs offers some additional benefits for you too.)

Specifically, Google Docs lets you:

  • Use their online editor to format documents, spell-check, and more.
  • Upload Word documents, OpenOffice, RTF, HTML, or text.
  • Download documents to your desktop as Word, PDF, and more.
  • View a document's revision history and roll back to any version.

Since Google Docs is online, you can also:

  • Invite others to share your documents by e-mail.
  • Edit documents online with whomever you choose.
  • Publish documents online to the world or just to specific people.

Here's how to get to Google Docs:

Go to www.google.com. At the top of the page, right above the place where you'd normally type in your search term, are these small links:

Web … Images … Video … News … Maps … more »

Click on the "more" link. A small box drops down. Click on the "even more" link. A new page opens. You'll find the link to Google Docs & Spreadsheets on the right-hand side under the "Communicate, show & share" heading.

After that, simply follow Google's easy directions. As a bonus, the same link takes you to a free online spreadsheet program that rivals Microsoft Excel.

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Published: January 9, 2007

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