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Jan 02

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Google Drive Documents: blurry equations solution

Hey!

Whenever I’m requested to do some University group work, I always try to use Google Drive as a collaboration platform. Documents make it easy to work together in real-time, while chatting with your colleagues, building your report together from scratch to a final version.

But wait, have you ever tried to use equations in your document? Oh they look beautiful when you are editing, but as soon as you export your document to PDF………. OH NO! They look blurry as hell!

But wait, I found a workaround. Instead of exporting to PDF using Google’s online tool, I found that if you use your browser’s print utility, you can get your document out of Google Drive in PDF format, with a very decent resolution.

Currently I use Google Chrome as primary browser, so all you have to do is hit File – Print  and chose to print as PDF.

I hope you find this tip helpful, and if you are not using Google Drive as a collaborative platform, you should really give it a try, and maybe you change your mind :)

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Ricardo Dias

Ricardo Dias was born in Entroncamento, Portugal and is studying Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering at University of Aveiro. He is a researcher in robotics and is currently the Team Leader of CAMBADA@MSL team. As a hobby, he is also a freelancer Stage Lighting Designer.

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1 comment

  1. Matthew

    Excellent workaround. For anyone not reading closely enough, you use the browser’s built in print function, not Google Drive’s print to pdf function.

    Worked for me in Firefox.

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