"I often get asked why all documents and Powerpoints look so ugly when you upload them to Google Drive. Sometimes I even meet people who do not want to use the Google environment because "everything looks so strange". Luckily, there is a simple check box that makes everything look as nice as it did in Word!
One may ask why this feature is not turned on automatically, but it is really not that strange when you think about it. Google Drive is a warehouse to store your files. This means that Google's main rule is to protect all your files as good as it possibly can and make sure that not a single zero is bent on their heads.
Therefore, when you upload Word documents, Google Drive will preserve them as Word documents and it's good at that job, but the problem comes when you click them and Google Docs will try to open them. They are written in Word-ish and Google Docs is not that good at reading it. A code that means "put the picture to the right" in Word-ish might mean something completely different in Google-ish and then everything will turn out wrong.
By checking a certain box in the settings, you'll give Google Drive permission to "destroy" the files you uploaded and convert them to Google format. When you give Google that permission, it will always rewrite all the files you upload and they will keep their nice design!
All you have to do is click the little gear at the top right of Google Drive and select "settings". On the page that appears there is a box called "convert when uploading". Make sure to check the box and the problem is solved!
I am the technician who became a librarian, but who got tired of the quiet and peaceful life at the library and started working as a teacher. I brought with me everything I knew about databases, information retrieval and networks and soon I was an ICT-educator. Today, I work as a teacher at Komvux in Norrköping.
I have always had a nerdy great interest in technology. I can find interest in everything from robots to model railroads or the steel industry of the industrial revolution. Technology should take us forward and prevent us from everything boring. You need to dare to be somewhat lazy and ask yourself if there is no easier way to get something done. The human desire to get away is what has driven the technical development and find time for other things. Like model railroads, for instance!
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