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QG1 Google Docs: Formatting Tools

4. Suite Tools

Note: There are some short videos that will walk you quickly through the steps for this Quest. Play, pause, and replay them as desired. *Remember you can make this full-screen for best viewing. We recommend you use the step-by-step guide provided along with the videos.


In this Quest, you will create a new document and copy and paste in the content provided in Part One. Your challenge is to learn to use formatting features in your document.

I Can Statements

  • use the spelling and grammar check features
  • format the title
  • change the size and typeface of the font, use bold, italics and underline
  • change the colors of the text and use highlights
  • use the alignment tools to center or right-align text
  • insert a header, footer, and page number
  • get a word count
  • translate the document into another language
  • use the Explore tool to see related information
  • use the Task list to check you have completed these

Exploring some options for getting started with Part 1:

  • If you are in a classroom where your teacher can project the directions on the screen, then open your Google Drive and follow along. 
  • If you are working independently, on your own device, arrange your desktop with two browser windows that you can see on your screen at the same time by making the Student Checklist use 1/2 of the screen, and then open a new browser window and open your Poem document in other 1/2 of the screen.
  • Or have each in a separate tab and switch between them.

As you watch the video we suggest pausing frequently to help you complete each step on your own document.

Key Vocabulary

Format: Format is a menu used to change the way a document looks and is organized, such as the font, font style (title, header, normal), font size, characteristics (bold, italics, underline), bullets, and line spacing.

Insert: a menu used to access special features such as: images, drawings, tables, charts, and page numbers.

Tools: Tools is a menu with additional features that can be helpful such as spelling and grammar check, dictionary, translate, voice typing, and explore.

Play the Vocabulary Game below to practice the Key Vocabulary

After completing the Vocabulary Game expand Part 1 to begin the lesson. 

You can change the Quiz mode to Match, Test, Learn, Flash Cards, Spell using the selection list at the bottom right of the activity that says "Choose a Study Mode." Direct Link

Formatting Steps


Use the Student Checklist to see illustrated directions for these steps.

1. In your Google Drive space, create a new folder.

Note: If you are in Google Classroom you will go to Classwork and click on the Class Drive Folder.  Then click on New and Create a New Folder. 

2. Name it with 21things work or 4.Q1, Suite Tools, or some other title that is helpful to store your work for this class.

3. Open the folder you just created.

4. Create a new document.

5. Then copy the "Nothing Gold Can Stay" poem below exactly as it is, and paste it into your document including the spelling error we added in the first line:

 Nthing Gold Can Stay
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold,
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
By Robert Frost

6.  Put your mouse cursor at the beginning of the first line before Nthing

7. Select the spell check icon (A with a check symbol) on the menu bar to turn on spelling and grammar check

8.  This will open a Spelling and Grammar box that shows any errors and suggested changes.

9. It also highlights the misspelled word on the page (we misspelled it for this example). When it shows Nthing as an error, select Accept to accept the corrected text to spell Nothing correctly.

10.  It (spell and grammar check) moves to the next error, a grammatical one, ”so an” but select Ignore. Robert Frost wrote it this way on purpose.

11.  Ignore the next one as well for the same reason (“to day”) is not the word today, but two separate words.

12.  Put a blank line or space between the first line (the title) and the poem. To do this press enter or return after “Stay” at the end of the first line.

13. Save your document with the title by clicking in the space at the top that says Untitled document. It will automatically take the first line of the document as the title.  Add to the document name: You can add your first initial and last name or the date up in that title space or select a new name.

Note: Google Classroom users, remember that this folder and document you have created will be located in your Google Classroom folders which you can find under your Google Drive under Google Classroom. 

14. Steps to change the Text (font) of the entire poem. Select the Edit menu and ALL text (or use the shortcut ctrl-A or cmd-A:

15. Text font and size: Change the text style from Normal to a different font of your choice (such as Comic Sans) using the drop down arrow.

16. Then with the text still all selected, change the Size of the font to 14 (or select all again so it changes all of it). Deselect the highlighted text: Then unselect the text by clicking anywhere on the page.

17. Select all the text in the first line of the poem. (triple-click, or drag across). Change the Text Style from Normal to Title

18. Find “Eden” in the second stanza (part) and select it (double-click) and Bold it (cmd-B or ctrl-B).

19. Select the Authors Name at the end and use Italics on the menu.

20.  Underline the Title by selecting the title and then the Underline symbol on the menu bar.

21. Color the text ‘color words’ so that the word green has green text. Select the text, then change the color using the A to choose a green hue. Change the word gold to a golden color. Use the Highlighter tool and highlight “leaf’ with a highlight.

22. Align the title: Click anywhere in the title, and choose the center alignment.

23.  Add your credits: Below the Author’s name, space down a line or two and add: Formatted by ….. With your initials or name. Select a fun font for your name.

24. Now listen to the poem read by the poet himself, Robert Frost (on YouTube)

Once you are done with Part One, continue to Part Two. 

Part Two Video


Part 2 has fun things like adding page numbers, word count, translating it to a foreign language, Version history, the Explore tool, and the Task List.
Use the student checklist to continue working through these steps.


1. Word count Tool: sometimes you need to know how many words are in your document, for an assignment or an application. Look at the menu and locate Tools. Click on it to see how many: Pages, Words, Characters, and Characters without spaces. It sure saves a lot of time trying to count them.

2. Page numbers: Look at the Insert menu. You can select where on the page to put your page numbers, or under More Options, in that menu, you can decide if your page numbers should be in the header or footer, show or not show on the first page, and what number to start with.
     Select Footer and Show on the First Page.

3. Translation please: If you are learning a foreign language, or have a friend in another country, you can have your document translated! Go to the Tools menu and select Translate, then choose a language from the list. It only takes a few moments. 

Note: If you are using Google Classroom, when you do the translation you will be prompted to create a translated copy of the document and choose a language. After you have the copy, you can copy and paste the translation into your first document. 

4. What happens when you have it translated back to English? It may just be different!

5. Version History: Version History: Go to the File menu, and select Version History.

Note to the Wise!

It may take 10-25 minutes before you see the different versions, but you can revert back to an earlier version in case you accidentally deleted something you meant to save.

6. Explore (in the Tools menu) and also as a floating icon near the bottom of the page.

Click on the Explore icon and type in the Search menu (or copy and paste) "Robert Frost", then try searching "Eden".

7. Task List:  Find out if this is enabled for your Drive. If it is enabled, you will see it in your different Google Suite Documents. You can use it to make to-do lists, reminders, study notes, and organize your day/week. And you can check them off when done.

8. In the next Quest, you will learn about sharing permissions.

Much more fun to come with inserting images, photos, videos, and more in the next Quests.

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Completing this Quest

After learning how to format your document, remember to check with your teacher about sharing or saving your document 

    Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap 

 Continue on to Quest 2 Sharing & Collaborating

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

6. Creative Communicator
a. choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication