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    Google Docs mobile v. desktop view

    So I'm getting really frustrated with this.

    I was on Safari and I clicked a link to a public Google Docs document. It opened in mobile view and then I selected the option to view it in desktop view.

    Later, I was opening another document and it by default opened in the desktop view. I wanted desktop view just that onetime! Now every Google Docs document opens in desktop view, which is kind of slow.

    So I went to Settings on my iPad and cleared the history, cookies, and data for Safari and reopened Safari. When I opened a Google Docs document, it still opened in desktop view.

    Please, somebody help!

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    Have a look at this. It might help.

    Google Docs mobile v. desktop view-image-1892466803.jpg

    First time you selected desktop probably changed the setting in your google account, so clearing cookies would have no effect. You need to change it back on googles server.
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    When I go to my main Google Docs page, it's already set at mobile.

    Additionally, I logged out of my account and viewed a public Google Docs document, and it still went to the desktop version.
    Last edited by Fggdsg; 09-12-2012 at 11:35 AM.

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    See later posts for something that actually works, especially post #7.

    If you are in Desktop mode, you would change back to Mobile mode using the cog/settings icon at the top right of the site. It should remember your last state each time you quit/logout.

    Google Docs mobile v. desktop view-googledocsmobile.jpg

    If you've already done this and it does not work, I'll play around some more and see if I can duplicate your problem.
    Last edited by twerppoet; 09-12-2012 at 04:00 PM.

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    Well, isn't that just peachy!?

    While the Mobile version option is available at first, once you close the page and go back to it the option is no longer there. I'll play around a bit more and see if I can figure something out. The problem is, as Kevin said, this is something that Google is remembering on it's site, not on the iPad, so it's got to fixed there.

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    Okay, here's a workaround. It's clumsy, but should get you back to your mobile site again. It will be up to Google to give it a proper fix.

    Use this link to go to your Google documents. When you check the settings the mobile version option should be there. Choose it to get back to the mobile website, and Google should remember where you were. Until the next time anyway.

    https://drive.google.com/?overridemobile=true#my-drive

    It might be possible to substitute false for true in the URL, and do it in one shot. But I haven't tried that yet

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    Substituting false in URL did not work. However; this link will take you directly back to the mobile site with no intermediate steps.

    https://drive.google.com/fe/m

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    Quote Originally Posted by twerppoet View Post
    Okay, here's a workaround. It's clumsy, but should get you back to your mobile site again. It will be up to Google to give it a proper fix.

    Use this link to go to your Google documents. When you check the settings the mobile version option should be there. Choose it to get back to the mobile website, and Google should remember where you were. Until the next time anyway.

    https://drive.google.com/?overridemobile=true#my-drive

    It might be possible to substitute false for true in the URL, and do it in one shot. But I haven't tried that yet
    First of all, thanks for trying to get this fixed!

    So I went through your steps (clicked on the link, dropdown settings, and went to mobile version). Then I clicked one of the documents in my list (while on the mobile version page) and the document opened to desktop view!

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    Sigh, it didn't occur to me the document would get stuck in desktop mode. Mine are stuck there too.

    I've got no further suggestions (for now) except to try the Google Drive app. You can now edit word documents there. You might even like the editor better.


    Grrrr... It's even affecting the iPhone, and the desktop site is completely useless there.

    Nothing to do but complain to Google and see if they fix it.
    Last edited by twerppoet; 09-12-2012 at 09:23 PM. Reason: add Grrr coment


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