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Google Docs -> Print creates pdf

David Mulder [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, December 20, 2007
10 years ago10,023 views

I wanted to print a document from google docs, and normally I cancel it and change the page setup (I print from a lot of different computers...) so no information is added at the top and bottom of the page. Now when I clicked the print button a neat dialog appeared and next a pdf was generated... is this new or does this behaviour differ from computer to computer?

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

This is new... announced here:

googledocs.blogspot.com/2007/1 ...

David Mulder [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Its quite inconvenient now, as you have to click twice to print... and they don't tell you that so I guess to some people will not understand all together how to print now.

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

(Might not be new but I haven't seen it before)

Something I noticed was that when you load a Doc from Gmail, Google adds a message to conversation with a link to the doc. There's a loading screen and then it gives message in a yellow box.


cheesemonger32.googlepages.com ...



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David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

This isn't new Martin..
Sorry.. :)

or [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

This change to Docs for printing makes it much better for me to write papers for school. Everything is now in place to do that. Of course if you are using a writing formats that require footnotes, this may still not be enough. But if you are using the MLA or APA formats, Docs should fill all your needs.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

I don't know why they call this option "print". It's actually "export as PDF" and Google should explain this before starting to download the PDF file.

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

[put at-character here]or
The option to export as PDF has always been there.

What if your using a PC without reader on it, aren't you stuck now?

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

I don't understand why Google doesn't provide an online PDF reader like the one from Google Book Search, Patents Search. But I don't think this will solve the printing problem.

Google should tell you that it will export your document to PDF and you need to print it from a PDF reader (maybe a link to Foxit reader, Adobe Reader or Google Pack should also be included).

DPic [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

[Moved from "Print Settings in GDocs" – Tony]

I think GDocs just added print settings. When i click print i now get page layout options (portrait, landscape), page numbers, and margins

shady [PersonRank 3]

10 years ago #

you can also now insert headers and footnotes!!!

DPic [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Yeah! googledocs.blogspot.com/2008/0 ...

In response to my last post: I'm so behind!!!

DPic [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

[put at-character here]shady, they're headers and footers-- not footNOTES

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

<< I'm so behind >>

We'll forgive you for that. You have 10 Google shares. :P

hebbet [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

blogoscoped.com/forum/120293.h ...

shady [PersonRank 3]

10 years ago #

[put at-character here]DPic yeah you're right! Google needs to have footnotes too.

DPic [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

yeah, especially if they really want schools to use it. How are kids students supposed to write their thesis papers???

photoactive [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

The PDF printing is obviously mostly an improvement – but there are now things you can no longer do. Print a spreadsheet on A3 paper, for instance, which is functionality I miss.

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

<<The PDF printing is obviously mostly an improvement>>
My laptop's really slow with reader, I have to print on my PC now :(

(Yes I do realize the easy option is to get a new laptop :D)

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