Uploading Documents to Google Docs – TuHS Students
Before you can upload a document, it must be saved on the hard drive or other drive connected
to your computer.
Go to the TuHS library home page at: http://www.ttsd.k12.or.us/tualatin-high-school/library
Look in the column on the right side for the Class Projects Links.
Click on this link.
After you click on the link, you will get a page with a login screen that looks like this:
Make sure this box does NOT have a
Click on the “Sign in” button.
Type in your username and password. If “Stay signed in” is checked, “uncheck” it before
clicking on “Sign in” button.
When you have signed in, you will see your Google Docs page (make sure you are in the “Docs”
section). Click on the upload icon (disk with an arrow pointing up).
Click on the “upload” icon.
A new window will appear. Choose the file you want to upload using this window.
Select the file you
want to upload
Then, click the “Choose”
A message screen will appear – This is an important decision point!!!!
You will be able to choose to simply upload and store your document, OR to convert the
document to a Google Doc format.
If you want to upload a document and keep it in the original format (Use this if you are
using a template from another program such as Word, or if there are some special features that
are not available with Google Docs.)
These two boxes should have NO check marks.
Click on “Start upload” button and your document will be uploaded to the
Google Docs site.
If you upload a document in its original format, you can’t edit the document online. You are
using Google Docs as a place to store the file (sort of like a “giant flash-drive in the cloud”) until
you can download it onto another computer. After you download the file to a computer, you will
be able to edit it. You can tell if a document is in its original format, by looking at the icon on the
left side of the file name. Google Doc file icons are square. Other formats usually have an icon
that looks like a letter. See the screen shot of a list of files below.
Google Doc presentation file
Power Point file (original format)
Word file (original format)
Google Doc word processing file
(The first and the last files in this list can be edited on line. The second and third files will have
to be downloaded before they can be edited. )
To download a file, double click on the file name. A new screen will appear:
Click on “Download original” button
located in the top, right corner of the
The file will download to the computer you are using. At this point, you can open the file and
work on it, as long as you have the same software you created it with installed on your computer.
Note: just to the left of the “Download original” button, is an “Edit online” button. If you click
this button, it may change the formatting of your document in an unexpected way.
If you want to upload the file and convert it to a Google Doc.
If you convert your document to a Google Doc, you will be able to edit it online. Some special
formatting features of your original document may be lost – but sometimes that is not important.
Put a checkmark in the top box...
Then click on “Start upload.”
Once this document has been uploaded and converted, you can log in and edit it from any
computer with Internet access. You can also share it with other people, so that they can also edit