It seems like DOC files and digital notebook have become synonyms. For those whose work is connected with writing any type of content online, can hardly imagine their life without this file extension. So, what is it actually?
The term itself stands for ‘DOCument file’ and is a file extension created by Microsoft Word. The reason why it’s so widely used is its simplicity and convenience for editing/writing documents. It includes various images, graphs, charts, page formatting as well as formatted text and print settings. The format is the default when creating a new document in Microsoft Office 97-2003.
Initially, it was used for documentation in computer hardware or programs in various operating systems. Currently, it’s a tool for creating e-documents. Each new MS Word version brought certain changes to the DOC format and its standards, which resulted in issues with compatibility. Among other drawbacks, it’s worth mentioning that users complained about issues faced while trying to open doc extension files like ZIP or RAR.
Due to constant updates and enhancements, the extension only existed until 2007. With the release of Microsoft Word 2007, DOCX replaced its older version.
If you want to create a Google Doc, the first thing that you want to do is go to docs.google.com in your browser and that'll bring you to the starting page of Google Docs. There's just a few things I want to point out here. You might not see anything in the recent documents if this is your very first time, but what you will see here is two different options to start with. You can start with a blank document, which is what we're going to do, or you can start with a template. These templates will have a little bit of content and some styling done in them already and they could be super helpful. But, we're going to start from scratch so that we can show you what to do. I've left clicked on blank and it brings up this clean slate. There's no title yet so let's go up to the title and let's just give it the name of Tutorial. Once you type it, if you click out of it, it's saved with that new name in the cloud in your Google account. You don't have to go to File and Save. There is no option to save here because every time you type or change something, that's saved automatically. Let's get out of that menu. Left-click on the document again. The blinking cursor means that it's just waiting for you to type. Some of the basic formatting is already done for you. There's a standard font selected, standard font size, and it's waiting for you to type normal text. Normal text would be the body of the document. If I take my mouse and I left-click and drag, this is the way that you select text if you want to change all of it. Let's just say that this is actually going to be the title. Go up to where it says Normal text. These are preset styles. Let's just change it to a title. Sorry guys, that's actually the title of the document. Then, at the end of the line, when you're done with that line, you're ready to start a new one. If you hit the enter key, then Google knows that you've moved on and it's back to normal text again. Let's say this is the body of the document. I'm going to do a second line here as another paragraph and I'm going to use this to show you a few things. If you notice the spacing in between the title and the first paragraph is a lot larger than this first paragraph and the second paragraph, that's all controlled by these styles but you can also control them by going to Format and Line spacing if you want more or less space before and after your paragraphs. It's much better to do them here than doing something like if you go to the right and you press enter again. At this point, we have the title and we have some body text. We're going to add a few more things and it's going to make it easier to see what's going on if we go to view. Let's just open ...