Friday, April 28, 2017

Tech Tip: Converting Google Docs to PDF

When sharing documents with others, it is often beneficial to convert them to a PDF for several reasons.
  1. The format will be locked, like a “picture” of your document
  2. The document will be able to be opened and read on most devices, including PC’s, Macs, Phones, and Tablets.
  3. The document will print as viewed on the screen, with no worrying about inconsistent margins disrupting the formatting.
It is easy to convert Google Documents to PDFs. Follow the simple steps below and you will be all set.

After creating your document,
Step 1: Go to the File Menu
Step 2: Select "Download as..."
Step 3: Select "PDF Document (.pdf)"

Step 4: File will automatically download to your computer.  You can now open the file, rename the file, or move the file to another location.

For information on how to convert Microsoft Word Files to PDF, check out this tech tip.

Tech Tip: Converting a Microsoft Document to a PDF

When sharing documents with others, it is often beneficial to convert them to a PDF for several reasons.

  1. The format will be locked, like a “picture” of your document
  2. The document will be able to be opened and read on most devices, including PC’s, Macs, Phones, and Tablets.
  3. The document will print as viewed on the screen, with no worrying about inconsistent margins disrupting the formatting.
It is easy to convert Microsoft Documents to PDFs.  Follow the simple steps below and you will be all set.


After creating your document,
Step 1: Click the File Menu in the top left corner
Step 2: Click Save & Send
Step 3: Click Create PDF/XPS Document
Step 4: Click Create PDF/XPS

Another window will now appear.
Step 5: Choose the location for storing your document (ex: U drive, Desktop, etc.)
Step 6: Give your document a logical name
Step 7: Click Publish
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Remember, once a document is converted to a PDF, you cannot edit the PDF.  If you need to make changes, you will need to go back to the original Word document, make your edits, then go through this process again.  If you create a new PDF, I would recommend deleting the old version of the PDF so you know which document is the most up to date.

The printable version of this tip can be found here.
To learn how to convert a Google Doc to a PDF, view this tech tip.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Chromebooks: My Chromebook will not turn on!

THE PROBLEM: You open up your Chromebook to get your work done, but when you open
the screen nothing happens.  You know you charged the device overnight, so it shouldn't be a low battery issue.  However, if you look closely, you might see a faint blueish-gray light to the screen.

WHAT'S HAPPENING?
The Chromebook has gone into a "sleep" mode and is having trouble waking up.

HOW DO I FIX IT?
Thankfully the fix is very simple!
  • Open your Chromebook.
  • Hold down the power key for an extended period of time - 30-60 seconds.
  • You will notice that the screen will go from almost black to completely black.
  • Shut the lid.  Wait 10 seconds.
  • Open the lid and your device should be ready to go.
Note: It is always important to make sure that your Chromebook is charged.  If it is not turning on, and you haven't charged it recently, it may simply be out of power.  Plug it in for a couple hours and try powering it on.  If that doesn't work, then try the steps above.