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2020 Articles

Announcement Banner Settings - new Google Sites

Draw attention to important announcements, news, events or new content on your site by adding an Announcement Banner to the top of your site. The Announcement Banner persistently sits above all your content so site visitors cannot miss it.

Posted 23 Apr 2020, 19:00 by Stephen Hind; updated 01 May 2020, 14:45
Unified Settings in new Google Sites

New Google Sites now offers a Settings button and dialogue box so you can easily find the settings for many sites options. See the new Settings in these articles:

Posted 10 Mar 2020, 10:45 by Stephen Hind; updated 08 May 2020, 14:45
Change a page name - new Google Sites

Change the name of a page so it changes in search results and the browser tab.

Posted 13 Jan 2020, 14:00 by Stephen Hind


2019 Articles

Review changes and publish - new Google Sites

Google has made one of the most useful updates to new Google Sites - see the changes to a site since the last publish. This allows you to see what changes you or other collaborators have made to the site since the last publish, so you can decide if it's the right time to publish or make further changes.

Posted 20 Dec 2019, 13:51 by Stephen Hind
Choose from three button styles - new Google Sites

Choose from three button styles in new Google Sites.

Posted 19 Dec 2019, 17:00 by Stephen Hind
Cloud Search Option and Gadget - new Google Sites

Change the search results on your new Google Site to display results from Cloud Search, hide the search option or add a Cloud Search gadget to your content.

Posted 18 Dec 2019, 17:18 by Stephen Hind
Some users and very few sites now have a basic version history on new Google Sites

Google has started rolling out the Version History feature but VERY SLOWLY. Firstly version history will be added user-by-user for brand new sites you create after it's added to your account, then after that existing sites will get the feature will take until the end of 2020.

Posted 17 Dec 2019, 16:55 by Stephen Hind
Add Captions and control Transition Speed - Image Carousels

Add a Captions and control the Transition Speed of your Image Carousels in new Google Sites - one of many new features Google released recently for new Google Sites.

Posted 10 Dec 2019, 13:26 by Stephen Hind

Give your new Google Site a dynamic feel and extra content on your pages, without making them too long, by allowing your visitors to expand the text content they want to see: great for answering questions.

Posted 26 Nov 2019, 12:44 by Stephen Hind
Improve morale with org chart software

In an ever-changing world of dynamic teams and a constant flow of temporary contractors sometimes you may find it hard to know where you fit in the organisation. Dr Chadha discusses how harnessing technology can give you a clear view of the organizational structure.

Posted 07 Nov 2019, 17:27 by Dr Peter Chadha
Add a Table of Contents and select the titles, heading and subheadings you want to display

Insert a table of contents that links to the headings you choose, through page anchors, to different sections of the page.

Posted 23 Oct 2019, 12:39 by Stephen Hind
Export your new Google Sites to HTML files and Images to view offline on your device or as a regular backup

Export your new Google Sites to HTML files and Images to view offline on your device or as a regular backup.

Posted 29 Aug 2019, 13:47 by Stephen Hind
Show or hide the date and time a page was last updated in new Google Sites.

Show or hide the date and time a page was last updated in new Google Sites.

Posted 19 Aug 2019, 14:02 by Stephen Hind
Cashback from American Express when you buy from the Google Store.

Cashback from American Express when you buy from the Google Store.

Posted 19 Aug 2019, 13:56 by Stephen Hind
Add alt text to your site logo in new Google Sites

You can now add alt text to your site logo in new Google Sites.

Posted 26 Feb 2019, 14:16 by Stephen Hind

2018 Articles

Gets links to a specific heading on a page in new Google Sites

Posted 19 Oct 2018, 16:02 by Stephen Hind

New Google Sites provides a Cover option in the page header types, so you can make cover pages in new Google Sites to get a full-screen image when the page loads with content beneath. For full instructions, with video, see: Cover Pages - new Google Sites.Cover page header type in new Google Sites Keep up-to-date Join the Sites Update Group on the Google Sites Classic Comparison to get email notifications about New Google Sites updates.

Posted 22 Jun 2018, 16:02 by Stephen Hind

New Google Sites now allows you to copy a new Google Site, so you can use an existing site as a template or copy a site to make a backup - see: Copy Site - New Google Sites.Duplicate site in new Google Sites Capabilities Copies a small site to a new site. Limitations Some sites can be too large to copy You cannot prevent editors from copying the site Keep up-to-dateJoin the Sites Update Group on the Google Sites Classic Comparison to get email notifications about New Google Sites updates.

Posted 31 May 2018, 13:03 by Stephen Hind

We've spotted something interesting in new Google Sites: every revision of your site and pages are viewable by editing the /preview URL - for more information see: Revision History (Hidden) - New Google Sites. Limitations These are all cumbersome hacks with URLs but it's a huge encouragement to see that each page revision is stored and we look forward to Google providing a front-end for this in new Google Sites. Keep up-to-date Join the Sites Update Group on the Google Sites Classic Comparison to get email notifications about New Google Sites updates.

Posted 23 Feb 2018, 15:54 by Stephen Hind

New Google Sites now allows you to embed your own custom code to add Twitter Timelines, MailChimp Newsletter signup forms and more - see: Insert Custom HTML, JavaScript and CSS.Insert custom HTML in new Google Sites Capabilities Add any HTML, including JavaScript and CSS, to your new Google Site You can even add JavaScript that uses external JavaScript files, like Twitter timelines. Limitations New Google Sites displays the embedded code in an iframe so if the code tries to get the URL of the page it will get the iframe URL, not the site's page URL. Keep up-to-date Join the Sites Update Group on the Google Sites Classic Comparison to get email notifications about New Google Sites ...

Posted 8 Dec 2017, 11:24 by Stephen Hind

2017 Articles

You can now embed other websites, Google Apps Scripts and App Maker in new Google Sites. For full instructions and a full-screen video see Embed Websites and Apps Scripts using iframes.Embed Websites and Apps Scripts using iframes Insert whole websites, preview link cards and Google Apps Scripts in new Google Sites. LimitationsYou can only embed secure (https) URLs If the website owner does not allow the site to appear in an iframe you cannot embedYou will only see the Preview option if the website provides the necessary Open Graph protocol tagsFusion Tables URLs cannot be used at the moment.This is not full Apps Script integration with new Google Sites, so getting the site or ...

Posted 4 Dec 2017, 00:19 by Stephen Hind

You can now map a web address (custom domain URL) to a new Google Site in G Suite. For full instructions and a full-screen video see Custom Domain URL (G Suite).Custom Domain URL (G Suite) Add a domain web address in the G Suite admin panel. Limitations Web address mapping is only available for G Suite domains at the moment (not sites created with a personal Google Account or Gmail account)It will take 15 days to roll out to all G Site domains Capabilities Make your new Google Site appear at your own domain Traffic to your site is secured via SSL (https)Keep up-to-date Join the Sites Update Group on the Google Sites Classic ...

Posted 23 Aug 2017, 10:02 by Stephen Hind

You can now make copies of pages using the Duplicate page feature available on the page three-dot more actions menu. This means you can create pages and use them as page templates.Duplicate Page Make a copy of an existing page or make pages you can use as page templates for new pages. CapabilitiesCopy a page in its entiretyChange name before copyingPage hierarchy is preservedLimitations If the source page is hidden from navigation the copy is not (unless a subpage of a hidden page)Keep up-to-date Join the Sites Update Group on the Google Sites Classic Comparison to get email notifications about New Google Sites updates.

Posted 31 Oct 2017, 19:18 by Stephen Hind

You can now duplicate sections in new Google Sites on the same page and copy and paste sections across different pages. For full instructions and a full-screen video see Duplicate Sections.Duplicate Sections Make a copy of an existing section or copy a section and paste on another page. Capabilities Duplicate a section on the same page Copy a section on one page and paste the copied section to another page Keep up-to-date Join the Sites Update Groupon the Google Sites Classic Comparison to get email notifications about New Google Sites updates.

Posted 22 Aug 2017, 10:57 by Stephen Hind

With new Google Sites and Team Drives you can now transfer a new Google Site into and out of a G Suite domain and transfer between G Suite domains. For full instructions see our latest articles and videos: Transfer Ownership. Keep up-to-date Join the Sites Update Group on the Google Sites Classic Comparison to get email notifications about New Google Sites updates.

Posted 22 Aug 2017, 11:00 by Stephen Hind

Google has announced a new feature to new Google Sites, vertical grouping, and an update on the timeline for migration from classic Google Sites to new and the features you can expect to see in new Google Sites.Vertical Grouping Vertically group text, images and other items in new Google Sites. For full instructions see our latest article and video: Vertical Grouping. Classic Google Sites Migration and Feature Expectations Google have provided a more detailed picture of when migration will take place and what needs to happen for migration to be a success (An update on the classic Google Sites deprecation timeline). The important take away from this is Google lists the features you can expect to see in new ...

Posted 9 May 2017, 09:27 by Stephen Hind

Update - New Google Sites - Site logo and Custom Theme Colour

The newest features: Add a site logo to the global header Set background colour for logo and navigation Pick a theme colour based on site logo Specify a custom theme colourThese features have been released to personal Google Sites and G Suite domains that use the Rapid Release and takes 1-3 days for roll out to complete. For G Suite domains that use Scheduled Release you can expect to begin to see the feature on 02 May 2017. Add site logo and choose background colour When you hover your mouse over the page header you get an Add logo option where you can upload or select a logo for your site that will appear in the navigation area ...

Posted 22 Aug 2017, 11:02 by Stephen Hind

The newest features: Insert multiple calendars in one display Saved changes notification Insert from Team Drive Team Drive sharing These features have been released to personal Google Sites and G Suite domains that use the Rapid Release and takes 1-3 days for roll out to complete. For G Suite domains that use Scheduled Release you can expect to begin to see the feature on 02 May 2017. Insert multiple calendars When you choose more than one calendar to display instead of multiple calendar embed boxes appearing in your site you now see all calendars in one display. For more detailed instructions see Insert Calendars. Saved changes notification When Google Sites automatically saves your pages you now get the same ...

Posted 22 Aug 2017, 11:06 by Stephen Hind

We've spotted a new feature, Dividers, in new Google Sites and a change in the way you add Google Drive folders. Dividers On the Insert panel on the right there's a new section, Components, and in that you can now choose to add a Divider. This is simply a horizontal line to give a more visual way of splitting up your page. How dividers work The divider always takes the Emphasis background colour of the section immediately above it. If the section above uses a custom background image the divider will take the Standard emphasis background colour. A divider immediately below the page header uses white as its background colour. You cannot change the background colour of the ...

Posted 27 Feb 2017, 16:51 by Stephen Hind

New Google Sites does not provide an upload facility, so use Google Drive to upload and share your files instead and embed a folder or link from the site. Upload Files - Google Drive for Google Sites. Keep up-to-date Join the Sites Update Group on the Google Sites Classic Comparison to get email notifications about New Google Sites updates.

Posted 22 Aug 2017, 11:08 by Stephen Hind

We've spotted a couple of minor updates to new Google Sites: Image Pasting Now when you paste images in new Google Sites you see an Uploading image... spinner to notify you that the images are uploading to the site. Section and Header Background Selection You now see a slide out menu to choose whether you wish to Upload or Select image. Keep up-to-date Join the Sites Update Group on the Google Sites Classic Comparison to get email notifications about New Google Sites updates.

Posted 2 Feb 2017, 14:45 by Stephen Hind

Find out how easy it is to embed a PDF, Word doc or other Drive item in new Google Sites in our latest article Embed PDFs and Word Documents in Google Sites. Keep up-to-date Join the Sites Update Group on the Google Sites Classic Comparison to get email notifications about New Google Sites updates.

Posted 22 Aug 2017, 11:10 by Stephen Hind

2016 Articles

New Google Sites Update - Hidden Pages You can now hide a page from the navigation in New Google Sites. Instructions Open the Pages panel on the right Use the three-dot roll-over menu on the page you wish to hide Use the Hide from navigation option to remove the page from navigation (or the Show in navigation if you want to show a hidden page) Keep up-to-dateJoin the Sites Update Group on the Google Sites Classic Comparison to get email notifications about New Google Sites updates.

Posted 20 Dec 2016, 14:08 by Stephen Hind

As many of you have seen we launched our Google Sites Classic Comparison earlier this week, thank you for all the feedback! It comes as a surprise, however, that we can see an update to new Google Sites so quickly, but many of you may see the update as actually removing a feature in an attempt to fix it. It's fantastic to see Google actively working on new Google Sites so we look forward to what else is in store. We reported in the Google Sites Help Forum that the Upload feature behaved strangely in that if you upload a file then that file is not share correctly from Drive and therefore cannot be seen in a published site ...

Posted 18 Nov 2016, 17:07 by Stephen Hind

Google has announced to the Early Adopter Program users that the launch of the new Google Sites will be on 09 November 2016! We've not seen many user-facing updates to the Early Adopter version of Google Sites, in fact you can list them on one hand, here they are: Site Analytics (Google Analytics) Header types (Large Banner, Banner and Title only) New page header follows home page header Three new themes (Vision, Level, Impression) Here's an example of the differences in between Level and Impression If there has been few updates to new Google Sites what can you expect? Here at Steegle we've been using new Google Sites for quite some time so we have a ...

Posted 5 Nov 2016, 09:12 by Stephen Hind

It's been one of the most requested features and, finally, we can now display page numbers in a table of contents in a Google Document.

Posted 7 Oct 2016, 17:54 by Stephen Hind

It's been a long wait but we can now format content in our Google Documents using Columns. To find out more see our new article and video: Google Docs - Columns.

Posted 23 Sep 2016, 16:54 by Stephen Hind

When you add a new page to New Google Sites its page header will automatically take the same background image as the home page. This removes the need to have to change and upload the correct background image if you want consistency across pages. This feature does not stop you from using different header background images on different pages it just sets the initial background image the same as the home page. New pages take the whole Header Type setting for the homepage so if you have specified the Title only header type for the home page new pages will follow this too.

Posted 10 Aug 2016, 16:12 by Stephen Hind

Breaking News! New Google Sites now offers a Large banner option as a header type. This gives you a much taller height for the page header so you can use a taller background image. This gives now three options for your page header.

Posted 5 Aug 2016, 16:01 by Stephen Hind

New Google Sites now offers a Title Only option as a header type. This gives you a much shorter height for the page header with a plain white background.

Posted 27 Jul 2016, 10:13 by Stephen Hind

Discover what you can achieve with the current themes in New Google Sites in our latest article and video: New Google Sites - Themes Get New Google Sites New Google Sites is not available to all and you can apply to be part of the Early Adopter Program

Posted 27 Jul 2016, 15:09 by Stephen Hind

Steegle's parent company, DPI Partners, decided to use SquareSpace for the company website: now we have New Google Sites to try we have taken our time to see how close New Google Sites can get to it. There certainly are features that New Google Sites cannot provide (e.g. Twitter feeds, blog style pages and CRM and newsletter subscription integration via iframes) but we came pretty close in most areas. DPI Partners - New Google Sites Why not compare it to DPI Partners on SquareSpace and see what you think.

Posted 7 Jul 2016, 22:46 by Stephen Hind

Since you can now share New Google Sites publicly we wanted to share some example sites we've been working on: Google Apps Health Check Google Apps Team Sites Feedback Please let us know what you think.

Posted 5 Jul 2016, 17:20 by Stephen Hind

New Google Sites has released its first update - now you can publish to the web and not just the Google Apps domain: New Google Sites - Publishing

Posted 4 Jul 2016, 16:46 by Stephen Hind

Discover the responsive design capabilities and considerations in New Google Sites in our latest article and video: New Google Sites - Responsive Design

Posted 4 Jul 2016, 16:25 by Stephen Hind

Google Forms offers the ability to make a self-marking quiz!Getting StartedFrom the Forms setting menu go to QuizzesMake sure you enable Make this a quiz and set any other options you wantWhen you add a question you can provide the answer key and points.

Posted 28 Jun 2016, 16:17 by Stephen Hind

Discover the pages and navigation capabilities and limitations in New Google Sites in our latest article and video: New Google Sites - Pages and Navigation.

Posted 4 Jul 2016, 16:33 by Stephen Hind

Contrary what you may have heard elsewhere you can embed Google Groups in New Google Sites:Choose to Embed URL from the right panel or discEnter or paste your Google Groups URL (simply the one you use to visit the group in a web browser)Size the group how you wish it to be displayed and set and options (you can give it your own title, hide search, hide tabs or hide its title)

Posted 22 Jun 2016, 10:22 by Stephen Hind

Discover the text formatting and layout capabilities and limitations in New Google Sites in our latest article and video: New Google Sites - Text.

Posted 21 Jun 2016, 10:11 by Stephen Hind

Find out how to use Sections in New Google Sites in our latest article and video: New Google Sites - Sections.

Posted 17 Jun 2016, 17:42 by Stephen Hind

With New Google Sites you can create a site from Google Drive.See New Google Sites - Create from Drive for full instructions and don't forget to apply to the Early Adopter Program if you qualify.

Posted 16 Jun 2016, 14:36 by Stephen Hind

You can ask your audience questions from Google Slides and use a laser pointer without blinding anyone! Google Slides now offers a few new features and our favourites are inviting the audience to ask questions and you can turn your mouse pointer into a laser pointer.Invite Questions from the Audience Start the presentation using the presenter view (this works best when you have two displays, one for the presentation and one for you to see the questions and your speaker notes) From the presenter view choose if you want to receive questions from anyone or just your organisation From the presenter view use the Start new button to start receiving questions At the top of the presentation the ...

Posted 5 May 2016, 14:50 by Stephen Hind

Inbox by Gmail now provides some integration with Google Drive: you can save files from the file preview to your Google Drive and organise into a folder!Limitations You can only save to Drive from the file preview, so if you have an attachment that will not open with the preview you cannot save it to drive from Inbox.

Posted 29 Apr 2016, 19:44 by Stephen Hind

Today Google announced that Inbox by Gmail leaves its early adopter status for Google Apps. This is great news and you can now get support directly from Google if you pay for Google Apps for Work or Unlimited. The question is is it ready for primetime? Does Inbox by Gmail lack basic features to use in a business setting?Missing Features Here are the features we (our clients and users) would like to see most. Respond to non-Google Calendar invites Quite bizarrely if someone invites you to a meeting who does not use Google Calendar then you can see all of the invite information but you cannot respond to show your attendance. Fortunately you can respond from Google Calendar ...

Posted 27 Apr 2016, 18:17 by Stephen Hind

Google Keep now provides easy labelling of your notes using a hashtag. If you don not have a label already for the hashtag you can create it on the fly. If you add a reminder to the note you will see it in Inbox by Gmail and Google Calendar.Use Hashtag Labels Just type your label name with a hash (#) prefixed on the front and if you have a label that matches it gets suggested as you type or if not you can create the label Chrome Extension You can use the extension to create a note about the webpage you currently have open. The new note gets created in real time so you can see it in Keep immediately.

Posted 22 Apr 2016, 18:25 by Stephen Hind

We've just seen some new features in Inbox by Gmail: bundled newsletters and the ability to Save to Inbox links for later.Newsletter Bundles Inbox by Gmail now extracts the headlines from a newsletter and displays them in a useful format so you get more than just a snippet:When you expand the bundle you get a new information card , like with calendar invites, flight details and hotel reservations, giving you more details on the news items. This helps you see if the newsletter contains something that interests you and then you can pin the mail and snooze to appear later.Save to Inbox You can now save links to web pages in a special bundle in Inbox by ...

Posted 20 Apr 2016, 17:02 by Stephen Hind

You can now configure Google Drive, on Windows or Mac, to only sync the subfolders you want. You can navigate through your whole structure and choose just the folders you want to be on your computer.This means you now don't need to have on your computer all the clutter the boss wants you to see in your drive, or make sure you don't fill your personal computer with all of the files you don't need all of the time.

Posted 15 Apr 2016, 16:05 by Stephen Hind

Today sees Google Calendar reach 10 years old! Happy Birthday Google Calendar! To mark this birthday Google has released a new feature to the mobile app called Goals. What does the new Goals feature do for me? Goals is Google's attempt to help you meet those aspirations you want to achieve but either easily forget or rarely find the time for. Goals will ask you what you want to do, a rough time as to when is good for you and then automatically schedule times to fit your schedule.How to use Goals Here's a simple overview of how to use the goals feature: Create Goals Open the Google Calendar app on Android or iOS (you cannot add ...

Posted 13 Apr 2016, 12:38 by Stephen Hind

It's great to see an update to Google Calendar on the Desktop! You can now add, edit and manage reminders from Google Now, Inbox by Gmail, Google Search and the mobile Google Calendar apps.

Posted 8 Apr 2016, 13:56 by Stephen Hind

2015 Articles

We are very excited to see voice typing in Google Docs. We have waited a long time to see this feature and we really like the ability to give voice commands to punctuate your text. For more information see Type with your voice in the Google Docs Help Centre

Posted 4 Sep 2015, 10:42 by Stephen Hind

Google Docs, Sheets and Slides now allows you stop viewers and commentators from copying, printing and downloading. This means you can make it that little bit harder from someone taking of the your valuable, private information. Note: if someone can see your document on their computer screen then they can take a screenshot, or copy and paste, to get a copy and there's nothing you can do to prevent this. These new settings in Google Drive make it harder for someone to get an exact copy but it doesn't make it impossible.

Posted 16 Jul 2015, 16:17 by Stephen Hind

Have you ever regretted sending an email or fired one off too hastily only to think soon after "oh bother". Well Google has officially added the Undo Send feature to Gmail. Although it's been available as an experimental feature for a few years, it is only now that it's finally been added to the core service. Note however that this feature only adds a delay to your 'send' - it doesn't actually unsend a sent email. So by giving you up to 30 seconds from the time you hit 'Send' you can ponder a while and really check that you might have wished to change your mind. It could prove to be valuable thinking time! To enable the ...

Posted 13 Jul 2015, 17:07 by Stephen Hind

We've launched our new homepage: please let us know what you think of it via our Google+ poll: We took influences from Google's material design to give a fresh look and feel. It's responsive for mobile too!

Posted 20 Mar 2015, 15:18 by Stephen Hind

Google Calendar provides the option to set which birthdays you want to see, so if your calendar is overloaded with Google+ birthdays you can now remove them using the Android app. For full instructions see Google Calendar - Remove Birthdays - Android App.

Posted 25 Feb 2015, 19:57 by Stephen Hind

Google Drive provides HTML code you can use to embed the PDF in your Google Site. We've made some written instructions and a video how to to demonstrate exactly the steps you need to take. Here's the quick demo:

Posted 4 Feb 2015, 11:22 by Stephen Hind

2014 Articles

After a wait you need to measure in years you can now merge table cells in a Google Docs table. For full instructions see our Google Docs - Merge Table Cells video.

Posted 3 Dec 2014, 09:27 by Stephen Hind

Our favourite sticky or (electronic post-it notes application) Google Keep has just been updated to keep with the new Google material (flat) design updates. But that is not all. Our friends at the chocolate factory have developed a real-time collaboration - so you can share tasks and notes with your friends and family members and even colleagues at work. Just like Google Docs, you can see can actually see the other person type while you're on your Google Keep screen. Try it out and enjoy it's free.! It looks like it's also available for desktop, android and android wear so you will see it on a wrist watch near you soon!

Posted 19 Nov 2014, 00:05 by John Sky

Posted 16 Nov 2014, 15:47 by John Sky

Thinking of getting a Chromebook? A couple of places have some deals on the Lenovo N20p Multimode Touchscreen Chromebook, only £199 inc. VAT! Before you buy why not watch c|net's review of Lenovo's N20p Chromebook? Bear in mind when c|net reviewed this device it was not at this fantastic price. You can buy the Lenovo N20p Multimode Touchscreen Chromebook from Amazon, Argos or even our own Steegle Store.

Posted 21 Oct 2014, 11:51 by Stephen Hind

Earlier this week, Google announced new options for editing images in Google Slides and Google Drawings. We've had a look and find them very useful, and we made a video tutorial to show you how to access these settings.

Posted 10 Oct 2014, 16:05 by Unknown user

A few weeks ago Google updated Google Docs with a very useful new feature: suggested edits. With suggested edits, you know longer need to type 'delete [this]' or 'replace [this] with [that]'. Instead, simply type what you would like to happen, and it suggests the edit without affecting the document.To make a suggestion, choose 'suggesting' in the menu under the 'share button'Now, whatever you write, replace or delete will appear as a suggestion!

Posted 10 Oct 2014, 15:59 by Unknown user

Earlier this week Google announced on its official blog that Gmail will now accept email addresses with accented and non-Latin characters (e.g. Chinese or Japanese characters).Hopefully, other email providers will follow, breaking down international barriers even further for a more connected world.

Posted 8 Aug 2014, 15:48 by Unknown user

A new version of Google Drive is coming soon and, with it, the ability to edit Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents in Google Drive, rather than having to convert them into Google Docs Adding to this new functionality is a whole new look and feel, too. Check out the video for a quick tour: The new Google Drive should be rolling out to everyone in the next few days

Posted 27 Jun 2014, 14:45 by Unknown user

Google has just extended the Google Glass Explorer programme to the UK! Get your Glass before they all go!

Posted 23 Jun 2014, 18:59 by Stephen Hind

Google has released an update to allow you to set an image to be 100% width with the click of a button:Just insert an image and choose the '100%' button:

Posted 13 Jun 2014, 15:10 by Unknown user

Google Sites now provides a buttons to display the sidebar and horizontal navigation on Google Sites with the mobile view enabled. To see how these new buttons work just open your site in a smartphone and check your site. Google Sites - Mobile View Sidebar and Navigation Buttons Google Sites - Mobile View Expanded Sidebar Google Sites - Mobile View Expanded Horizontal Navigation

Posted 11 Jun 2014, 17:06 by Stephen Hind

Google Sites offers different styles for different heading levels! If you want to set a different style for Heading 2 from Heading 3 then use the More button (looks like a cog/gear), then Manage Site and then Themes, Colours and Fonts. Once there you can select a default, overall Heading style and different styles for Heading 2 (H2), Heading 3 (H3) and Heading 4 (H4).

Posted 27 May 2014, 15:25 by Stephen Hind

Google has now pipped Apple to become the most valuable brand in the world. This certainly makes us glad to be in the Google Business!

Posted 21 May 2014, 17:02 by Unknown user

Ahold, an international retailer an employer of over 222,000 employees loves Google Sites! Why? Within hours they could develop and deploy Google Sites to deploy the relevant procedures to its stores to know what to do for Hurricane Sandy. Since Ahod did not house the data centres and the Google distributes the Google Sites across the globe it did not matter where the sites were: they contniued to work. Since Ahold uses Google Apps for Business it found that anyone could make Google Sites so Ahold could allow its employees to make self-service portals and take its old portals and use Google Sites to allow all to access. #atmosphere14

Posted 1 Apr 2014, 16:37 by Stephen Hind

Get the right help when you need it in Google Sites! The Google Sites Team are on a roll at the moment and have release another couple of updates. The More button now shows a Gear icon, instead of the text "More" and with this change comes improved in-site contextual help, so you will see the help articles relevant to the current page when you use the Gear button then Sites help. This means you can see the help you want without the need to leave the site, even when in Manage Site.

Posted 26 Mar 2014, 15:49 by Stephen Hind

Wait no longer Google Apps users! Google Sites now provides Viewer Comments for Google Apps based sites. Be aware viewer commenting does not provide public comments. To find out how to use enable viewer commenting see our instructions in our Google Sites How-tos.

Posted 20 Mar 2014, 15:19 by Stephen Hind

Yet another release from the Google Sites team! Now european Google Sites can now comply with EU law and warn site visitors that Google Sites will store cookies on their computers. To find out how to use the dismissible Site Notice see our instructions in our Google Sites How-tos.

Posted 19 Mar 2014, 21:35 by Stephen Hind

You can now get you hands on a Google Chromecast in Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK. You can buy the Chromecast from various retailers, including the Google Play Store and even our Store.Here at we love the device as it makes sharing what you can see on your small computer screen on large high definition screens. For more information on Google Chromecast see our Chromecast FAQ.Google Official Chromecast UK Announcement.

Posted 19 Mar 2014, 01:14 by Stephen Hind

We often see "how can I sort my file cabinet page in Google Sites" asked in the Google Sites help forum: now you can both sort your Google Sites file cabinet page and display the folders collapsed by default. To find out how to sort your file cabinet page and display collapsed folders see our instructions, or watch our video how to, in our Google Sites How-tos.

Posted 18 Mar 2014, 20:40 by Stephen Hind

You no longer need to see your web address outrank your domain address ( in Google Search. Both Google Apps and personal Google Sites users can now set the Canonical URL for your Google Site to tell Google Search which web address you prefer to index. To find out how set your site's canonical URL see our instructions in our Google Sites How-tos.

Posted 10 Mar 2014, 12:25 by Stephen Hind

Google have been shopping again! This time, they've scooped up SlickLogin, a technology that allows users to login using inaudible sound transmitting between their computer and smartphone, Deepmind, an artficicail intelligence company, and, a company who tracks fake clicks on online adverts.While SlickLogin and's uses may seem fairly obvious, but how Google will use Deepmind's technology will no doubt be very exciting

Posted 5 Mar 2014, 14:45 by Unknown user

The Google Sites Team has just released a new feature to embed Google+ posts in site pages. To get full instructions on how to do this see our Google Sites - Embed a Google+ Post instructions in our Google Sites How-tos.

Posted 14 Feb 2014, 11:24 by Stephen Hind

The Google Sites Team has just released a new feature to make copies of existing site pages. To get full instructions on how to do this see our Google Sites - Copy Page instructions in our Google Sites How-tos.

Posted 31 Jan 2014, 11:46 by Stephen Hind

The Google Drive team have just released a Table Alignment option so you can position your table on the page on the left, right or centred or you can indent your table from the left margin by a specified amount. To use the table alignment feature put the cursor inside the table and use the Table menu then Table properties...: there you will find the Table alignment drop-down option and the Table indent box where you can enter the distance away from the left margin where you want the table to sit. With Google updating tables in Google Docs hopefully we may see merge cells soon! Who knows?

Posted 14 Jan 2014, 10:57 by Stephen Hind

Nest's "learning" thermostats are apparently used by many Google employees and Larry Page is a fan!The BBC has reported that the "Chocolate Factory" Google has announced plans to buy thermostat maker Nest Labs for $3.2bn continuing a string of recent acquisitions, it is expected that the deal will complete by April.Why should you care?This means that the chocolate factory is continuing its march out of search to robotics and computer human interaction - changing our lives fundamentally just like Google has done to search, drive and smartphones.Full story here.

Posted 5 Mar 2014, 14:56 by Unknown user

Introducing the HP Chromebook 11 Today Google unveiled the HP Chromebook 11, designed and built in partnership with HP, read the full announcement.With all the security, simplicity and speed you expect from a Chromebook, with a unique design that eases work. One interesting innovation this Chromebook brings is the new battery charging method: the HP 11 Chromebook uses a micro USB charger to get its power, which you can also use with your Android phone or tablet. It goes on sale in the UK today, priced at £229. You can get it in white with blue accents, and it is available online from Currys PC World. To find out more information, including full specs, see HP 11 Chromebook. Made ...

Posted 5 Mar 2014, 14:57 by Unknown user

The chairman of, Dr Peter Chadha, explains in the Huffington Post that you can access the cloud or ‘cloud computing’ via any device that has an internet connection.Although you might not have realised, you’ve probably been connecting to the ‘the cloud’ for most of the past decade. The moment that you opened a hotmail account or registered with Facebook, the cloud became an integral part of your life.See Connecting To The Cloud: Explained in the Huffington Post

Posted 1 Sep 2013, 15:56 by Stephen Hind
  • Google Glass Dating Parody A fun clip..we don't normally do this but its holiday season...

  • Posted 5 Mar 2014, 14:59 by Unknown user

  • A fun clip..we don't normally do this but its holiday season...

Posted 5 Mar 2014, 14:59 by Unknown user

From IMDB Soon we will all get a taste of the life of a Googler...Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment. The trailer looked hilarious and it will hit cinemas in the next few weeks.Check the trailer out - the movie looks hilarious.Surprisingly, some of the movie was genuinely filmed at in Mountain View campus of Google. While Google did not directly sponsor the movie, (or supposedly so) they allowed the movie to use their logo and they helped the studio recreate their world-famous offices. The critical ...

Posted 5 Mar 2014, 15:04 by Unknown user

2013 Articles

We had chance to get our hands on Google Glass at Google Atmosphere so we took some images of Google Glass and through Google Glass - see below:For more information on Google Glass please see our Google Glass FAQ

Posted 24 May 2013, 15:03 by Stephen Hind

Google have announced an important change in the way your storage quotas split between Google Mail, Google Drive and Google+ Photos. Google no longer count the storage quotas separately and now combine all the storage into one large block shared between all three services.What does unified storage mean for you? This change means that Google gives you one storage quota and count all your emails and attachments in Gmail, uploaded documents and files in Google Drive and full-resolution photos uploaded to Google+ in one lump sum. This gives great flexibility with your storage: if you need more storage in Google Drive you now have it as it will use the large, single pot of storage rather than restrict ...

Posted 15 May 2013, 17:42 by Stephen Hind

In anticipation of the most googly device ever, at Steegle we think Google Glass will be a game-changing device. Check out our Google Glass FAQ where we address over 30 different questions about this amazing new gadget!

Posted 8 May 2013, 09:07 by Stephen Hind

Thank you Google - and googley goodness - if you're an administrator, you can now simply access the admin control panel though a simple URLGo to

Posted 7 May 2013, 14:56 by Stephen Hind

We think the new Google Play Music service is absolutely stunning and amazing because it's free as well! In our new article on the site you can read all about it.

Posted 22 Apr 2013, 10:51 by John Sky

In the old days at least you could decide what you did with "the papers" of a loved one when they passed away - In their wonderful Googley goodness our friends at Google have produced what seems like a sensible initiative to deal with this matter in today's digital reality. Click on the graphic for link to the full BBC article about their data use after death tool.New

Posted 16 Apr 2013, 20:52 by John Sky

There is a lot of commentary on the web at the moment suggesting that our beloved Google is presently developing a smartphone android-based watch via their acquisition of Motorola Mobile. (In fact this comes from a reputable source as it is reported in the Financial Times). This joins the rumours that Apple Samsung and a host of other companies like Jawbone will be releasing their devices this year. As it is coming from the Motorola division it is likely that the release is imminent unlike the more far out devices produced directly with in Google X lab. Google’s watch could be with us Q3 summer.Of course for us this means yet more consideration of presentation of websites ...

Posted 24 Mar 2013, 18:50 by John Sky

At we have been considering the Chrome book pixel a bit more. Not only is it a breakthrough device, we've actually calculated that the offer made by Google is pretty amazing value for money, if you need storage. Google charge some $50/month for 1TB - but as part of the Chromebook Pixel deal you actually get 1 TB free storage for three years! That's up to $1800 of storage, for a laptop costing $1300. So in effect its buy one get one free and save $500 extra!

Posted 3 Mar 2013, 17:26 by John Sky

The rumors were true! The Chromebook Pixel is real! After the leaked video, which appeared to be faked, the ultimate Chromebook is real and the Chromebook Pixel was announced by Google today!The Chromebook Pixel oozes quality and specifications unrivalled by its peers: 12.85" display with a 3:2 aspect ratio 2560 x 1700, at 239 PPI 400 nit screen Gorilla® Glass multi-touch screen Backlit Chrome keyboard Fully clickable, etched-glass trackpad HD Webcam Intel® Core™ i5 Processor (Dual Core 1.8GHz) Intel® HD Graphics 4000 (Integrated) (Chromebook specifications courtesy of the Google Play Store with more specifications available) Google has developed and built the device itself and looks like without any kind of compromise. Google have chose ...

Posted 26 Feb 2013, 15:21 by Stephen Hind

Do you want to Create from template in Google Drive? Google has just released an update to the Create button in Google Drive. The update makes it easier for you to see your third-party Drive apps and gives more space to the Google Drive native apps, Document, Spreadsheet, Presentation etc. As part of the update Google decided to remove the from template option, so it's now more difficult to get to your Google Drive document, spreadsheet and presentation templates.Here at we use our Google Drive document, spreadsheet and presentation templates a lot, as it's a really great and useful feature, so we decided to help everyone by making a Google Drive app you can ...

Posted 5 Jun 2014, 17:27 by Unknown user

In October 2012 Google announced that support for exporting from Google Drive and Google Docs to older Microsoft Office formats (97-2003) will end on 31 January. Google said: “To continue adding new features and innovations to Google Drive and Docs, we’ll be focusing our resources on exporting to these newer open formats rather than the older, proprietary Office formats...that were used in Office 97-2003.”

Posted 4 Feb 2013, 10:04 by Stephen Hind

Exciting news: Steegle will be presenting on "Can Google apps really save you 70%?" Can Google Apps really save you 70% on your IT costs? What is Google apps? (brief intro) Why should you bother? 7 ways in which it saves you money? What's the catch and where are risks?

Posted 26 Jan 2013, 22:03 by Stephen Hind is Exhibiting at Cloud Expo 2013! Meet the team at Cloud Expo Europe on 29th to 30th January 2013 at stand 699, National Hall Olympia, London, UK, and let us help you demystify the Cloud! "Forget the hype, the cloud wash and the cloudy claim. Come to the place where everything will not only be made clear, but where it will be made real. Cloud Expo Europe is the single most important event for business and public sector organisations – big or small wanting to unlock the potential of cloud computing." Google will exhibit also demonstrating their cloud-based software as a service, Google Apps. For more information on Cloud Expo Europe 2013 and to get your ...

Posted 10 Jan 2013, 16:38 by Stephen Hind

Google has released a Chrome Extension that enables you save content from web pages directly into Google Drive. You can configure the extension to save the content in the following ways:Images Images get saved into Google Drive directly as an image using the same format.HTML Web Pages You can can configure the Chrome extension to save web pages in one of the following ways Image of entire page (.png) Image of visible page (.png) HTML source (.html) Web archive (.mht) Google Document HTML 5 Audio & Video Google Drive saves these both in their HTML 5 format but a great deal of audio and video exists on the internet that do not use the HTML 5 formats.It's ...

Posted 2 Jan 2013, 18:41 by Stephen Hind

2012 Articles

There is lots of exciting big new changes at the website planned for 2013. In our love for all things Google we are presently undergoing a site revamp and we will be bringing more free content to help you solve those thorny Google questions, including more help on Google Apps, Google Chromebooks, and a brand-new range of pay and go and consultancy services to make your Google times sweet! Subscribe to our newsletter for a chance to win a Chromebook! Stephen Hind - Technical Editor

Posted 11 Dec 2012, 23:58 by Stephen Hind

We've just updated one of our Apple iPad to iOS 6 and it looks like this brings Google Sites Editing to the iPad, as this post was written on the iPad in its improved Safari web browser. Early indications show that even formatting works too so Apple have done a splendid Job of the browser this time.I definitely recommend you use the new User Interface (UI) and enable the new look to edit on the iPad as it gives more space for your fingers to press the buttons. Also be aware that the iPad browser reloads the tab if you open another tab and return to your sites editing tab, so save your page regularly.Don't forget that this ...

Posted 14 Dec 2012, 11:12 by Stephen Hind

Here at we're proud to announce we've become a Google Apps Authorized Reseller.This means you can now buy your Google Apps for Business accounts through and get first-line support for Google Apps from us.

Posted 11 Dec 2012, 23:28 by Peter Chadha

We have been invited as "Google Sites experts" (guest speaker) at Google's Get British Businesses Online (GBBO) Webinars on 07 September 2010. The webinar will be available at three times that day: 11.00-12.00 13.00-14.00 19.00-20.00 Use the time slot links above to book your place before availability runs out. I look forward to helping any GBBO users in this special way to improve their use of their Google Sites.

Posted 24 Aug 2010, 18:01 by Stephen Hind