How to Number Pages in Google Docs

If you have been using Google Docs for some time, you may noticed that there aren’t page numbers by default. You need to learn how to number pages in Google Docs, in case you are required to add numbers to your document.


There are actually two ways to add numbers and we will show you both of them.


The first way is good if you want to automatically number pages in Google Docs, from the beginning until the end or skipping the first page (which we will explain later in more details).


So, click the Insert menu of Google docs and Page number option. There are four different styles of page numbering you can choose from. You can add page numbers at the top, at the bottom, with or without the number on the first page.

add page numbers in google docs


The flaw of this option is that all pages will have numbers, you can only skip the first page.


If your document  is not so big and you want to skip adding numbers to specific pages in the document, it is better to use the following way. It requires to manually add numbers in the header or the footer.

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In the Insert menu of the Google Docs, click on Header or Footer. Logically, if you want to number headers in Google Docs, click on Header. If you want to add numbers at the bottom click on Footer.


Once you click on it, you will see how that area of the document will be enabled for writing. Just add a number you need and that’s it!


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When you click on Header or Footer, you will see one checkbox “different first page header/footer”.


different page header

In other words, if you want to have the first page different, tick that box.


How to start page numbers on page 2 docs


Many documents require that the first page should skip numbers especially if it is an introduction, or the content of a book or a research paper. In that case, click the Insert menu and from the Page number options choose the one without a number on it.


See this image below, you can choose to have numbers at the top or bottom, and skipping the first page.


how to number pages in google docs


How to add page numbers in google docs on iPad


If you are using Google docs app for iPad, guidelines are a bit different. When you open a document in Google docs, tap on Edit and then on Insert. Lastly, tap on Page Number to add numbers to your document.




How to Make a Graph in Google Sheets

If you are using Excel, you have probably learned so far to make a graph. Graph makes your data look much better and visible. Your document users would have less difficulties to understand and interpret the data. Especially those who rely on their visual experience.


How can I make a graph?

It is very easy to make a graph in Excel. In case you don’t know how to do it, here is a short explanation below. Further in this text you will also learn how to make a graph in Google Sheets.


  • Open Excel and insert data (any version of Excel)
  • Select the data you want to present in the chart
  • Click on Insert button (next to the Home)
  • Choose a chart


how to make a graph in google sheets


The chart will appear in your spreadsheet and you will be able to move it. Here you can find more details on how to embellish your charts.


How to Make a Graph in Google Sheets


You don’t need to be skilled with Excel, to learn how to make a graph in Google sheets. You just need to have a gmail account, online access and a little bit of patience to follow this guide.


Google Drive is very convenient because you can store files and have an online access to them whenever you need it. The same way you work in Microsoft Office suite, you can work in Google Docs and Google sheets.


Google sheets is very similar to MS Excel, and now you will see how similar is it to make a graph in Google Sheets.

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First, sign in to your gmail where your Google Sheets file is located. Or if you haven’t created a Google sheets file yet, click the New button in the Google Drive. Then click on Google Sheets as shown on the image above.


Then write data in your sheet and with the left mouse click, select only the data you want to present in one graph.


Click on the Insert menu and then on Chart.


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The Chart editor will open on the right side of the screen. In the chart type drop-down menu, choose an appropriate chart. In this guide we will show you how to make a line graph in Google sheets.


chart editor


Select the Line Chart, which is the first chart to choose from. Then go to Customize tab and set up other options.


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For instance, you can choose the font and its color, for every line individually. You can change the style of the graph and the look of the gridlines as well. Just click on the thing you want to change, for instance gridlines, and you will see all options.


Did you get it?


Google Drive can be useful when you are away from the office or home computer and you need to finish something. It is also convenient if you are working with someone else in the same document. So one way or another, it wouldn’t hurt if you learn how to make a graph in Google Sheets. Your data will be presented visually, even though you didn’t use Excel.


How to Convert RTF to PDF

In 1987 Microsoft developed Rich Text Format document type which was further developed by 2008. RTF files can be moved between computers and operating systems of different age and versions. Very much alike PDF files, this type of file keeps the formatting intact and you can use it on different platforms.


Is rich text format the same as PDF?

Both file formats have the ability to preserve the formatting of the data so the document can be viewed on different platforms and computers. PDF files are more rich in color than rtf. RTF files are usually black and white and don’t include comments and graphics.  

How do I open a rtf file?

RTF files can be easily opened with Microsoft Word. You can also open them by using Notepad, Libre Office, Open Office. If you are a Mac user, you can open rtf files with Pages or Text edit.

How to Convert RTF to PDF?

You can easily convert rtf to PDF with Cometdocs file converter. Click here to register a free account and start converting files.


register to cometdocs

Fill in the details (name, email, password) and click on the Register button.


Once you have activated the Cometdocs account and logged into it, the first step is to upload a file. Click on the Upload button to locate a rtf file in your computer.


Next step is to click on the file and on the Open button. When you do that, the rtf file will appear in your Cometdocs account.

rtf file


Click on the Convert tab and drag the rtf file there. As soon as you do that, another dialog will appear, with To PDF option.

rtf to pdf

Since there are no other options here, except to convert rtf to PDF, this conversion type is chosen automatically. You only need to click the Convert button.


Note: when using Cometdocs to convert other file formats, it may happen that you get a list of file types you can convert your file to. In that case, you need to click on the conversion type and then on Convert.

convert rtf to pdf


The conversion will start and you will see the progress, like shown on the image above. When you click on PDF icon, you will be asked to download the converted file. Click OK and the PDF file will be saved on your computer.

rtf to pdf conversion

How to Convert XPS to PDF

XPS file format has similar features to PDF: the content of such files is not altered when you open it in different operating systems and formatting remains the same on all platforms. The easiest way to make an XPS file is to open any file, and choose the Print option. From the list of printers choose Microsoft XPS Document Writer and the file will be saved in .xps format.


What is the XPS viewer?


In order to view XPS file you need an XPS viewer. Every Windows has an XPS viewer installed by default. In Windows 10 and 8 you can also use Microsoft Reader to view xps files. Mac and Linux users can also find proper alternatives that view XPS files.


How do you open OXPS files?


OXPS files are actually XPS files that are made in Windows 8 or newer versions. Unfortunately, if you are a Windows 7 user you won’t be able to open oxps files. The same goes for older versions of Windows. So you can open OXPS files with Microsoft Reader or any other XPS viewer that works on Windows 8 and 10.


How to convert XPS to PDF?

PDF files are more popular than XPS so it is better to send documents in PDF form. Since a lot of people haven’t heard of XPS before, it may happen that the receiver of your file would feel suspicious about opening it. Another reason to convert XPS to PDF is the fact that mobile devices don’t support XPS files. Given that mobile technology is used in business world as well, it is safe to use format of the file that will be easy to open on any device- PDF.


Here is how to convert XPS to PDF with Cometdocs, a free file conversion service:


  1. Register a free Cometdocs account here.

xps to pdf


  1. Log in into your account and click the Upload button to select an XPS file. Use this option if your file is located in a computer. If the file is saved in Google Drive or Dropbox, click Import files from and then the appropriate cloud tool.



  1. The file will appear below, click on the file and then on Convert button. Choose one of the conversion formats, for example JPG. Click on the green Convert button and the XML file will be converted to JPG first.


convert xps to pdf


  1. Repeat the same process but now upload that JPG file and choose convert to PDF option. That’s all! Your file is converted from XPS to PDF.


By converting an XPS file to PDF, it will be much easier to send it to other users and not to mention how easy will it be to view such documents.

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Back to School: Android and iPhone Apps for Students

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School season is just back and so are your duties. Before everything hooks up, you should better go shopping and get ready for the new school year. If you are making a back to school supply list you should consider adding mobile apps that will help your school days become less stressful and at the same time more efficient. From reminders to homework apps, books or teachers search apps, document management, to science apps, let’s see what you need to have on your phone to be ready for school:


Back to school productivity apps

Wunderlist: available for Android and iOS

When the school starts you need to activate your brain again and keep track of every assignment, homework or task for school. That’s when note-taking apps become handy, because you don’t need to bring pen and paper with you every time you want to write something down or to set up reminders. Wunderlist is a must have back to school app that makes to-do lists and helps you stay organized.

Bear: available for iOS only

Another app that takes notes for you but it’s also good for creating sketches. This back to school app stores the notes in plain simple text, and the notes are organized with hashtags so you can easily find them later. You can even grab links and images from the web and bookmark them with the Bear, it works something like a web clipper.

Forest: available for Android and iOS

Forest apps serves for growing virtual forest. The app is actually keeping you away from the phone and the more you are focused on school and less on the phone, the bigger the tree will grow. There is no more original way to stay productive!


For school papers: Word Processing and Document Management Apps


Scrivener: available for iOS only

It is better to use this app on an iPad than on iPhone, but if you don’t have an iPad, iPhone is still acceptable choice. Scrivener is perfect for writing, you can write a book and not to mention a research paper. This app covers all the features you need for efficient writing. In addition, you can use its outline feature to go back and forth through the pages, which is convenient when you are working with manuscripts.

PDF to Word Converter: available for Android and iOS

This PDF app converts PDF files to Word, which can be pretty useful when you need to make edits to your assignments, research papers or use old papers. It works with scanned files as well, thanks to advanced OCR technology. You can upload files that are saved on Box, Dropbox, Gmail, Google Drive, OneDrive or iCloud and rename them after conversion.

PDF to PowerPoint: available for Android and iOS

If you use PowerPoint to make presentations for school or college, you will sometimes need to reuse old slides saved in PDF. PDF to PPT Converter turns PDF documents to .ppt format where you can later on make changes to your slide.


General help with school and homework


My Study Life: available on Android and iOS

My Study Life navigates you through your school life by organizing your study time, sports time, tracking tasks, managing your classes and due dates. This app takes care of all your needs regarding school and you will need it when you are back to school.

Chegg: only for iOS

Next time you need a textbook, you don’t need to spend money on buying it. Chegg saves you money by allowing you to find the right textbook at the cheapest price or to even rent it. You can also buy textbooks or download them on eTextbooks. In the same way, you can sell the textbook when you don’t need it any more, and earn some money back. The app has a massive library of 2.5 million textbooks so it’s almost impossible not to find the book you need.

Brainscape: iOS and Android

If you are searching for new techniques of studying, try flashcards. By making sets of flashcards from one or more lessons, you will consume that lesson and learn in the process. Brainscape is a flashcard app that serves as a replacement for paper flashcards. If you want to study on multiple devices, for instance on iPhone and iPad, you can easily sync the data from the app. Also, if you want to help your classmates, you can share your flashcards with them.

Libby: iOS and Android

Libby is a replacement for your school bag. You don’t need to carry your textbooks with you, Libby will give you all the textbooks on the phone. In addition to textbooks, you can also download audio books when your eyes get tired. This app actually provides you with the access to local libraries, just search the nearest library and borrow the book you need, electronically. You can even keep track of your reading history and organize your time accordingly.

iHomework: iOS only

Every student, whether a high school or a college student has homework. Doing homework is important because it will help you practice what you’ve learned at college or school. What’s more, homework is obligatory sometimes. These are some of the reasons why you need iHomework. It will help you organize your assignments, sorting them by due date or subject. The app also has a scheduling feature that will make sure you don’t miss a lab or a course so you need to add it to your back to school checklist.


Science apps

HiPer Calc: Android


Assuming you have math or any other science subject at school, you will need a calculator. If you don’t want to bring the real calculator with you, this app will be of help. You can perform different calculations such as basic arithmetic operations, advanced number operations, trigonometric and hyperbolic functions and much more.

Calc Smart: iOS

This app is similar to HiPer Calc app but it works in iPhone instead of Android. It is also an app for currency conversions and not just math operations. It easily solves even advanced math operations and makes sure your parentheses are correct.

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