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  • Google Forms - Date and Time Questions now available Do you enjoy creating and using Google Forms? Google Forms now provide date and time questions, so you can start asking questions that need date and time responses and get ...
    Posted 8 May 2013, 06:15 by Stephen Hind
  • Google Keep - Google's way to Keep stuff Need to remember something?  Write it down!  Ran out of space on the back of the hand long ago? A sticky note!  Oh but that's stuck on your fridge ...
    Posted 3 May 2013, 13:36 by Stephen Hind
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Google Forms - Date and Time Questions now available

posted 8 May 2013, 06:14 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 8 May 2013, 06:15 ]

Do you enjoy creating and using Google Forms? Google Forms now provide date and time questions, so you can start asking questions that need date and time responses and get consistent answers (not the dates and times in all different formats). 



To take advantage of the Date and Time question fields in either a new or existing form use the Add Item button and choose either Date or Time.

Google Form - Add Item - Date and Time
 
Date and Time question fields now in Google Forms

Google Keep - Google's way to Keep stuff

posted 27 Mar 2013, 07:21 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 3 May 2013, 13:36 by Stephen Hind ]

Google Keep
Need to remember something?  Write it down!  Ran out of space on the back of the hand long ago? A sticky note!  Oh but that's stuck on your fridge and you can't see it when out and about!  Google Keeps allows you to take notes, write lists, annotate photos and you can even speak your note and Google Keep will transcribe it for you and Google Keep will sync these to Google Drive so you can get them on all your devices.

What is Google Keep for?

Google created Keep to try and help solve that problem of where to store your important tasks, thoughts and things to do.  

What can you do with Google Keep?

Google Keep does not come just as a web app but also a free easy-to-use app for your Android smartphone (Google Keep in the Google Play Store for devices running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and above). This allows you to easily drag your notes around to change the priority, add colour to give meaning and tick off those completed tasks you need to get done.

What if I don't have an Android Smartphone?

You can access Google Keep via Google Drive at http://drive.google.com/keep or you can install the Google Chrome packaged web app, Google Keep in the Chrome Web Store.




New Gmail Compose

posted 27 Mar 2013, 04:32 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 27 Mar 2013, 04:39 ]

Google always try to make all of their products faster and easier to use, so that's why Gmail now offers a completely new compose and reply features.


Compose Hovers over your Inbox

The first major change comes in the form of your compose box sitting on top and to the right of your inbox: this makes referring to other emails far easier.  Google have also improved the automatic saving of your email drafts so if you accidentally close the compose window Gmail saves the draft automatically, so you don't lose anything.  The new compose pop-up also allows you to compose several mails at once for those times when multitasking is the only option!

Slimmer, Leaner, Faster

The new compose has slimmed down some of the less important features to dedicate more space to your composition: the CC and BCC fields are hidden away and have a compact link to make them appear; the email address autocomplete now shows the profile picture of the recipient that makes finding the right contact easier and quicker.  The formatting tools now pop-out of a button and are categorised to make them compact. If you want to find where the indent tool have disappeared to in the new Gmail compose window you will now find it on the Alignment button.  you will find it much easier adding inline images and attachments also.

Send Huge Files!

Another new feature you will find useful is Insert files using Drive: this uses Google Drive to upload files to and share with the recipient, which means you can "send" a huge file via email instead of only 25MB!  You can make the files inserted through Drive secure by only sharing with the recipients and then they will need a Google Account, but if your recipients don't want to get a Google Account you can share to Anyone with the link.

Why stop with files?  Now you can send whole folders too!  Just make a folder in Google Drive and upload files you want to share.  Once uploaded you can use the Insert files using Drive icon to select the folder and share with whoever received the mail.  This can save time and effort as consolidating the files into a folder means you only need to share one item and you can easily manage those you can access the folder from Google Drive, just incase you sent it to the wrong person!


New Gmail Compose

Gmail Contacts Autocomplete made easy

Sharing permissions for Gmail's Insert files using Drive


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