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30 Google Drive Tips You Can't Afford to Miss

30 Google Drive Tips You Can't Afford to Miss
Click To View Slideshow» Google's online office suite and storage service has come a long way, becoming the tool of choice for many. Here's a list of tips and tricks to squeeze the best out of Drive. Raise your hand if you remember Writely. At the time, a product like Writely was unique (the software didn't come on a CD), but still considered a gamble. Fast forward eight years. It's a full suite of tools that now takes on Microsoft's far more mature Office; in fact, Google Drive's very presence in the market arguable drove Microsoft to create its own Office Online versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to work with its OneDrive storage/sync service. But after almost a decade, Google Drive has come a long way in its own maturity. Drive—one of our Editors' Choice suites—is a serious set of tools for serious (or fun) work, all entirely free. Related:  Gmail, Drive, Calendarsrobynyvonne

15 Tips & Tricks To Get More Out Of Google Drive - Hongkiat There are many cloud storage services out there, one of which is Google Drive. We’ve pitted it against Dropbox and SkyDrive, another two crowd favorites and each cloud storage service have their strengths and limitations that would cater to a wide range of customer needs. But if you have decided on Google Drive, here are some handy tips to help you work better with them. (Image Source: ddoss) The good thing about Google Drive is that it’s linked to your Gmail account and of course, the 5 GB free storage space. Recommended Reading: How To Get The Most Out Of Google Drive 1. Because Google Drive is linked to your Google account, you can attach files stored in Google Drive directly to your Gmail. Unlike traditional attachments where you first have to upload an attachment, attaching a file through Google Drive does not require you to re-upload the file. 2. Google Drive allows you to use keyboard shortcuts for navigation right in your web browser. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Why can’t we read anymore? Spending time with friends, or family, I often feel a soul-deep throb coming from that perfectly engineered wafer of stainless steel and glass and rare earth metals in my pocket. Touch me. Look at me. This sickness is not limited to when I am trying to read, or once-in-a-lifetime events with my daughter. At work, my concentration is constantly broken: finishing writing an article (this one, actually), answering that client’s request, reviewing and commenting on the new designs, cleaning up the copy on the About page. All these tasks critical to my livelihood, get bumped more often than I should admit by a quick look at Twitter (for work), or Facebook (also for work), or an article about Mandelbrot sets (which, just this minute, I read). Dopamine and digital It turns out that digital devices and software are finely tuned to train us to pay attention to them, no matter what else we should be doing. So, every new email you get gives you a little flood of dopamine. How can books compete?

Do Not Go Digital Recently I was in a teacher’s classroom and she was showing off these awesome geometry town projects her students had created. She gleefully told me how much fun the students had being creative in designing their town. Some students took the assignment well beyond the minimum requirements and even started to devise how the town government would work. After demonstrating Google Drawing she pondered that the students could do this same project in Google Draw. Yes…. you could… BUT…. Technology was not going to improve this project. Sometimes the right technology is no technology. If a teacher does not have mobile devices to allow students to submit pictures of their non-digital work, students can still attach pictures through the Google Classroom site. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2015

6 Chrome Extensions to Help You Maximize Google Drive Google Drive has unlimited potential. The feature that lets users upload documents, images, spreadsheets and more has millions of neat little ways to boost your everyday activity. It's also a useful online warehouse that holds all the things you don't have space for on your computer. Want to know how to boost its capabilities even more? Download these six nifty Chrome extensions that offer unique and handy features. 1. If you need to keep your documents as private as possible (you know, like that secret novel you've been working on), check out Fogpad. 2. As the name suggests, Save to Google Drive lets users save web content or browser screenshots directly to their Drive accounts. 3. Here's another one with a straightforward name. 4. Here's an extension for the lazybones in all of us. 5. Work some photo editing magic with Pixlr Editor. 6. This extension may very well improve your overall Google experience, let alone Drive. Have something to add to this story?

The Best Google Drive Add-ons for Creating Flowcharts and Diagrams December , 2015 Google Docs has a number of interesting features that render it an awesome productivity tool to use in your instruction. With the use of add-ons, the strength of Google Docs is even expanded allowing you to do amazing things with your documents. From creating mindmaps and bibliographies to generating word clouds and electronically signing documents, the educational possibilities in Google Docs are endless. In today’s post we are bringing to your attention four excellent add-ons you can use to easily create beautiful charts, diagrams, and flowcharts right in your documents.1- Lucidchart Lucid chart is an excellent Google Docs add-on that allows you to create and insert diagrams, flowcharts and mind maps into your Docs. 2- Gliffy Cliffy is another great tool to use in your Google Docs to create professional looking diagrams and flowcharts. 3- Charts Charts allows you to build a chart from data in your Google Spreadsheet and insert that right into your document.

20 Tips and Tricks to Use Google Drive Like a Boss - Maximum PC Get more out of Google Drive With 240 million monthly active users, there's a good chance that if you're reading this, you've used Google Drive before. The cloud-based file storage and synchronization service is far more than a virtual storage container, it's also a parking spot for several of Google's other services, such as the company's productivity suite: Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. By binding these (and other) services together, Google is able to integrate intelligent functionality, such as real-time collaborative edits. Cool stuff for sure, but are you getting the most out of Google Drive? A reminder that your Instagram photos aren’t really yours: Someone else can sell them for $90,000 Richard Prince’s Instagram screenshots at Frieze Art Fair in New York. (Marco Scozzaro/Frieze) The Internet is the place where nothing goes to die. Those embarrassing photos of your high school dance you marked “private” on Facebook? The drunk Instagram posts? We agree, and are adding this caveat: Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want hanging in an art gallery. This month, painter and photographer Richard Prince reminded us that what you post is public, and given the flexibility of copyright laws, can be shared — and sold — for anyone to see. The collection, “New Portraits,” is primarily made up of pictures of women, many in sexually charged poses. How is this okay? First you should know that Richard Prince has been “re-photographing” since the 1970s. In other words, Prince could make slight adjustments to the photos and call them his own. This is what he did with the Instagram photos. lifestyle style-blog true Must Reads Compelling, ambitious stories you can't afford to miss. Read more:

A Good Google Drive App for Creating Photo Collages May 16, 2015 Here is an excellent Chrome app for creating photo collages. Loupe Collage is a web based tool that is integrated with Google Drive and enables users to easily create beautiful photo collages. Loupe Collage supports a wide variety of shapes. You can turn your photos into hearts, animals, words, logos and many more. You can even draw your own shapes and add them to your collages. Besides being able to upload photos directly from your local drive, Loupe Collage has recently released a new update which enables users to use photos they have on other websites such as Google Plus, Google Drive, Flickr, Google Image search, Twitter...etc. Here is a round-up of the features provided by Loupe Collage:

The 13 best Google Chrome hacks Flickr/Isaac Bowen Since it debuted in 2008, Google Chrome has quickly risen to be the most popular web browser in the world, beating out Firefox and Internet Explorer. But that doesn't mean you can't make it better. There are many extensions and programs that innovative developers have built to make using Chrome more productive and more fun. With them, you can save articles to read anywhere, learn a new language, save money while shopping, and even improve your writing. And the beauty is that they don't actually require you to put in any extra work. These 13 extensions and apps can help you streamline your Chrome browsing and help you do things you didn't even know were possible.

A Comprehensive Collection of Some of The Best Google Drive Add-ons for Teachers and Educators January 4, 2015 Google Drive has proved to be an indispensable tool in teachers digital toolkit. It provides everything teachers need to write up a document, create a quick presentation or spreadsheet and design beautiful visuals and drawings, creative possibilities in Google Drive are endless. Additionally, Drive works across different devices and platforms so you can easily continue working on your documents anywhere you go and without even the need for Internet connection. In 2015 Google Drive has known a lot of improvements with the addition of a number of key features. We have covered all of these features in Drive for Teachers section here in EdTech and mLearning.