PC Doctor October 1, 2022

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Dear PC Doctor:

Someone who is hiring me for a job sent me a contract with highlighted yellow bits to fill in, but it wasn’t a Word doc or a PDF; it was a Google form. I filled in my information, but I don’t know how to send it back to him. Can you help?


Dear Jaime:

Google Docs is a free, web-based word processor offered by Google as part of its Drive. It works much the same as Microsoft Office. Similar to other Office tools are Google’s Sheets (Excel) and Slides (Powerpoint).

Because Docs is in the cloud, you can share and collaborate with multiple people on the same document, tracking revisions, changes, and suggestions as they happen. You can choose whether your collaborators are invited to edit, make suggestions, or just view. With this method, you don’t need to send the file as an attachment to an email, you can both edit the same document version and the changes are saved so that you both can see them.

It sounds like this is what your client has done with your contract; you shouldn’t have to send him anything. As it’s work related and, I’m assuming, important, it’s worth reaching out to your client and letting them know you’ve completed your portion. If something’s gone amiss and they can’t see your responses, they can let you know.

I hope this helps.
Until next time,
Happy Computing!
PC Doctor

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