How to Make Timesheets With Google Docs

by Christina Hadley

Users of Google services may access Google Docs to create items such as spreadsheets, presentations, forms and timesheets. Look for the timesheet that best suits your needs within the Google Doc template gallery to expedite making a timesheet with the application. Since many of the available timesheets are contributed by companies other than Google, review Google's terms of service before using one of its templates for financial gain. Google Docs contributors retain rights to the timesheets they upload and share in the Google Doc template gallery.

Visit and select the "Browse template gallery" link, then enter the term, "timesheets" into the template gallery's search field.

Press the "Search Docs" buttons to view the available timesheets and find one that will work for what you need. There are hundreds to examine. Click the "Preview" link next to each template of interest to see them up close.

Choose the timesheet template that best suits your needs by clicking the "Use This Template" button.

Personalize the timesheet template by typing in details such as a title for the timesheet and a date range.

Customize the timesheet template as necessary. Click the "Edit" option within any timesheet template field to alter the template's heading text, or, use the "Duplicate" button to insert a copy of an appealing section into the same timesheet. You may also eliminate sections that don't apply to your business by clicking the section's "Trash" icon.

Use the "Add Item" drop-down menu to enhance the timesheet template with form elements such as check boxes, multiple choice question fields and text areas. Consider inserting a multiple choice section to indicate if the time being recorded on the timesheet is overtime, volunteer time, training time or regular paid time.

Choose a theme for your timesheet to add background images and graphics. Your options include design elements that are suitable for non-profit organizations, educational institutions and small businesses. Click "Apply" after you find a graphic treatment that you like.

Click "Done," which resides at the bottom of the new Google Doc, to publish the timesheet or send it to others by clicking the "Email This Form" button.

About the Author

Christina Hadley holds a Bachelor of Arts in design. She writes copy for an assortment of industries. Her work also appears in the "Houston Chronicle" small business section. Hadley is a UCLA-certified computer professional. The British Museum recently featured one of her digital images in an exhibit.