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Today’s tip: #78–Save a File so Everyone Can Read it
Category: Google Apps
Sub-category: MS Office
Q: I need to make my document readable by colleagues that don’t have my software (such as I use MS Word and they don’t). What do I do?
A: In both Google Apps and MS Office, you can save a document in a variety of formats, including the easy-to-read PDF. If you use Google Docs, you can also 1) share or 2) download in a variety of formations including PDF. This is also true of webtools that offer a wide variety of methods for saving and sharing. Pick the one best suited to the task, purpose, and audience.
In MS Office:
- click ‘save as’ for your document
- drop down the ‘save as type’ and select ‘PDF’
If the problem is that the recipient doesn’t have a current version of MS Word (say, you have 2010 and they have 2003), then save the doc as follows:
- go to File-save as
- select file type 97-2003 (see first inset below).
Now, anyone with MS Office can read your document.
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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.