Writing Rightly with Writely

Until this week, I haven’t had much need for using Google’s Writely. I don’t do much work in word processors. On Monday, I had my first class in Python. I had taken my work laptop to class since the class was after work. I used Word to take notes during class. I type much faster than I can handwrite, so I prefer electronic note-taking. Plus, my handwriting is atrocious.

When I got home, I realized that I couldn’t access my notes on my personal laptop. That’s when I realized I should have used Writely. The next time I was on my work laptop, I uploaded my notes to Writely. Now I can access them on any computer with internet access.

While I was at it, I uploaded the class docs to my Writely account so I didn’t have to use the college portal to get docs, and I could read them anywhere.

I’m trying something new while reading. If I come across something that I would have highlighted in the book back in college, I go to Writely and add reading notes, including the page number. Hopefully, this works out and I can have a consolidated view of notes, rather than flipping through the book looking for important points scattered all around.

The first thing I tried to figure out when I checked out Writely was how to create a folder for my documents. There was no way to do that. The thought of all docs in one place was scary. I then learned that Writely uses Tags to categorize documents. This is like Labels in Gmail. Now, that is much better than folders. I can assign multiple tags to each document. I can even put a star next to files to highlight the important ones. I couldn’t do that with Word in Windows.

Another cool thing about using Writely is that it doesn’t automatically capitalize my sentences. It was so annoying when Word would capitalize every line. Since this is a programming course, not English, it’s inappropriate to capitalize the beginning of every single line. I looked through Word’s options to turn off that “feature”, but couldn’t.

I also like that I can edit the html source code of the document so it shows up just the way I want. That is, you can switch to html source code view and edit the html the way you could with a web page. That’s the web designer in me that likes that feature. It’s not important to everyone.

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