I use Google Docs in several classes. One problem that comes up a lot is the spell-checker. If my students’ Drive language isn’t English, their English spell-check won’t work. Here’s how to fix it:
With your document open in Google Docs,
Highlight all your text.
Go to the File > Language menu, and
Select English (United States).
Now you should be able to see any incorrectly-spelled English words (and, of course, correct them!)
I know that software can be expensive, especially for complex or business-oriented packages. However, there are some excellent free programs that do what the expensive stuff does.
Sound recording? Audacity
Microsoft Project? Project Libre
Microsoft Office? Apache OpenOffice, NeoOffice, and LibreOffice
There are also cloud services, where you use software over the Internet.
Google Drive is great for wordprocessing, making presentations, and spreadsheets, just like Office is.
Dropbox is a way to share files and folders with your colleagues.
And of course, if you need a cheap computer to run it all, check out Free Geek Vancouver.