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Introduction to Google Drive & Apps



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Study method
Online, self-paced
21 hours
No formal qualification
21 CPD hours / points
  • Certificate of completion - Free

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Transform the way you create, collaborate and share with Google Drive, the popular cloud based storage service available to anyone right from their Gmail account.

In this Google Drive online course, you will learn the fundamentals of Drive and its built-in essential productivity apps to work smarter from virtually anywhere, online or offline.

You will learn how to whip up presentations in Slides, edit Docs with your team in real time, and create pivot tables and charts in Sheets. You'll also learn how to design infographics in Drawings and make surveys in Forms. By the end of the training, you will have mastered the fundamentals of Google Drive and Apps to increase your productivity and seamlessly collaborate with others.


21 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Certification Service


Google Drive

Google Drive Basic Controls

An overview of accessing and using the Google Drive interface. Covers logging in, storage capacity, views, search, sorting and starred items.

Uploading, Downloading, Deleting and Restoring Files

How to upload, download, delete and restore files using Google Drive.

Google Apps Within Drive

Introduction to Google Docs, Slides, Forms, Sheets and Drawings. This lesson will show how to create one of each and give a brief description of what each does. Each app will be covered in much more detail in its own section.

Adding and Removing Third Party Apps

How to search for and install third party apps within Google Drive, and how to remove them.

Offline Drive Options

How to install and use the offline client for a personal computer. The example will be carried out on a Mac, however, Windows differences will be highlighted.

Sharing Files

An overview of the share option.

Google Drive on iOS Devices

An overview of the main differences when using Google Drive on a iOS device.

Version History

View version history and restore previous versions of files in Google apps.

Google Docs

Google Docs Basic Controls

How to create a new Google Doc and introduction to ‘file, edit, view’ options.

Toolbar Options in Docs

How to effectively use the options in the toolbar.

Inserting Images, Links, Charts, and Drawings

How to insert an image, link, drawing, chart, and comment into a Google Doc.

Footnotes, Page Numbers, Headers and Footers

How to insert page numbers, special characters, page breaks, headers and footers.

The Tools Menu in Docs

Use the tools menu for spelling, voice typing, translation and dictionary.

Creating and Formatting Tables in Docs

How to effectively and creatively use the tables options.

Suggesting Mode

How to track changes for multiple collaborators.

Google Docs Add-ons

How to install add-ons and use them within Google Docs.

Google Slides

Google Slides Basic Controls

How to create a new Google Slide presentation and introduction to ‘file, edit, view’ options.

Themes and Slides

How to use stock themes and add, remove and move slides.

Inserting Images, Videos, and Slide Numbers

How to insert an image, video, shape, slide numbers, etc.

Formatting and Alignment in Slides

Formatting google slides including aligning slide elements and formatting images options.

Ordering and Rotating Objects in Slides

How to format images using opacity and cropping tools, and right click menu items.

Animations and Transitions

How to get your slides ready for a professional presentation including transitions between slides and animating slide elements.

Google Sheets

Google Sheets Basic Controls

How to create a new Google spreadsheet and introduction to ‘file, edit, view’ options.

Toolbar Options in Sheets

How to format cells using the toolbar.

Sorting and Protecting Data

How to sort data and protect sheets and ranges.

Filtering Data

Introduction to Filters and how to effectively implement them.

Pivot Tables

Introduction to Pivot Tables and how to effectively implement them.

Functions and Formulas

Introduction to basic functions Sum, Average, Count, Max, Min.

Creating Charts

Selecting a data range and representing it as a chart within a spreadsheet.

Conditional Formatting

How to use conditional formatting to format cells based on their contents.

Data Validation

How to use data validation to create dropdown menus, and control what can be entered in specific cells.

Google Sheets Add-ons

How to install add-ons and use them within Google Sheets.

Google Forms

Google Forms Basic Controls

How to create a new Google Form and introduction to settings menu, color palette and questions type menu.

Question Types and Editing a Form

How to create different types of questions and the implications for the final form.

Making a Form into a Self Correcting Quiz

How to convert a form to an automatically self correcting quiz.

The Responses Tab

How to make a quick visualization of summary of response and exploration of common pitfalls such as sorting columns and deleting cell data.

Google Forms Add-ons

Using add-ons with Google Forms.

Google Drawings

Google Drawings Basic Controls

How to create a new Google Drawing and introduction to ‘file, edit, view’ options.

Inserting Text, Word Art and Links

How to insert text, word art, and images within Google Drawings.

Formatting and Grouping Shapes, Lines, and Objects

How to format and group inserted objects and manipulate lines in Google Drawings.

Ordering, Rotating and Cropping Objects

How to order and rotate objects with the right click menu, and how to crop images.

Using Google Drawings to Make an Infographic

How to make simple infographics or schematics using Google Drawings.

Who is this course for?

Designed for beginners who need an introduction to Google Drive and apps such as Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, etc.


You don't need any prior knowledge to get started with this Google Drive online course.

Career path

Admin, secretarial & PA

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