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8 Clever Hacks To Get The Most Out of Google Drive

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8 Clever Hacks To Get The Most Out of Google Drive

Are you sure you know all the cool functionality Google Docs Suite has to offer you? Whether you’ve been using this cloud storage for years or you just got your hands on it, there’s always more to discover. Here are 8 clever hacks you may have no idea about!

1. You Can Search Inside Photos and PDF Files

Did you know that uploaded PDFs and image files become completely searchable when you upload them to Google Drive? No? Well, you should take advantage of this feature right now.

Also, you can edit this kind of files within the application too. Simply right-click an uploaded PDF or image file, then choose Open with Google Docs. Depending on the quality of file, Google drive will be able to transform those visuals into texts – a handy feature when dealing with scanned documents.

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Additionally, you can store as many photos, as you like on Google Drive (without losing any free space) as long as the resolution size of those is less than 2048×2048.

2. You Can Scan Documents With Google Drive

If you have an Android phone and installed the native Google Drive app for Android, then you can use your smartphone as a portable scanner (sorry Apple fans, this feature isn’t available for iOS yet).

Access the front screen of the app, tap the large plus icon and afterwards choose Scan from the pop-up menu. The automatic detection is pretty accurate, though you can also rotate and crop images manually if needed. All your scans are instantly uploaded to your Google Drive and saved as PDF files.

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3. You Can Dictate Your Documents

There’s no need to install any additional dictating software. Just open a new text document in Google Drive, select Tools, and the Voice Typing. Click the mic icon and you are ready to go. You can right-click the underlined words to receive alternative suggestions. The app is rather accurate and supports common voice commands like “bold”, “italics”, “go to the end of the line” and so on.

4. You Can Adjust Sharing Permissions

Heads up, Google Drive is an excellent collaboration tool, especially for distributed teams. You probably do know about the one-click doc-sharing feature, but you may not have looked into all of the options available.

First, you can regulate whether another user can comment, view or edit the shared file. Next, you can review who has access to the document in the first place and what their roles/permissions are. Lastly, you can adjust various link sharing options and set the access to public, specific people only and so on.

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5. You Can Use Google Drive Offline

You can enjoy the Google Drive Suite even in offline mode, but you need to activate the feature first. For this click the settings cog in the upper right corner on the front page of the Google drive, head to Settings and on the General tab tick the box “Sync…offline” and the app will start caching all the recent Drive files while you’re offline.

Though you won’t be able to watch videos or open photos in offline mode, you’ll be able to view, edit and create new files in native Google Drive formats even when you are not connected to the web.

6. You Can Browse Through Your Files Using Voice

Again, no need to type some search terms whenever you’re looking for a specific file. You can just say the words.

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In order to this, you’ll have to activate Google Now – the apps smart voice assistance available for Android users. Launch the app and say “search Drive for + your file name”.

7. You Can Quickly Discover The Largest File On Your Drive

Those 17 GB of free space can end up faster than you blink, if you’re using this cloud storage regularly. If you’re not ready to upgrade yet and pay for extra space, schedule a spring clean. That could be done quite fast with this hack.

To identify the largest file, go to the Drive’s main screen and look in the left bottom corner. You’ll see exactly how much space you have used so far. Next, click the small Drive entry (or this link directly) and the largest files will show up at the top of the list and you can start cleaning from there.

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8. You Can Quickly Sync Files To and From Your Desktop

When you install the Google Drive desktop client for Windows or Mac, you receive access to all the files on your computer and you can choose which folders or docs to sync with one click.

It reduces the time and efforts required for uploading documents, as the client also gives you offline access to all the files on your Drive. Meaning if you can make the changes offline they’ll get synced once you are connected to a network.

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Last Updated on November 25, 2021

How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

    What Does Private Browsing Do?

    When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

    For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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    The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

    The Terminal Archive

    While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

    Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

    dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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    Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

    Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

    However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

    Clearing Your Tracks

    Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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    dscacheutil -flushcache

    As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

    Other Browsers and Private Browsing

    Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

    If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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    As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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