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10 Best Google Drive Add-Ons You Should Be Using

10 Best Google Drive Add-Ons You Should Be Using

Google Drive is a great alternative for individuals who don’t have a word processor or any form of an office suite. It allows them to make documents, powerpoint presentations, excel documents and more without the added memory being eaten up or having to load a software on your computer. For those who do have a word processing suite, Google Drive is a great way to have collaborative documents on your computer.

For example, it is the office software that I make use of whenever I have a group presentation that needs a couple of extra hands. While it is already a great service, add-ons make it even better. Here are ten Google Drive add-ons that we love.

1. Hellofax

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    Despite all of the advancements in communication technology, there are still some individuals who use fax machines. While many people don’t have fax machines, Hellofax allows individuals to send faxes to and from other people through Google Drive. This is all done online; it just takes a few clicks and their fax number. Click the link above to download Hellofax.

    2. UberConference

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      UberConference brings conference calls to Google Drive. One of the features I mentioned liking most about Google Drive is the collaborativeness of many of the word processing features. UberConference brings this collaborativeness to another level by allowing you to add voice to the conversation. You can also save conversations so that you are able to refer back to them later. Click the link above to download UberConference.

      3. PandaDoc

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        In this era of everything being digital, there are still a couple of relevant communication elements that can be difficult to manage digitally. A great example of this issue is the signature. The act of putting pen to paper to certify your agreement to the terms of a document is something that still hasn’t gone out of style. PandaDoc allows this to be possible online. You can add your digital signature to documents in a snap. Click the link above to download PandaDoc.

        4. Maps for Docs

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          This add-on allows individuals to add Google Maps to their documents. This can be useful when you need to show a specific location to an individual. You can toggle Maps for Docs by simply typing the address that you are looking to add to the map into the application. From there, it will spit out an image of the map that you need to add into your Google Drive document. Click the link above to download Maps for Docs.

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          5. DriveTunes

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            DriveTunes allows you to add music directly into your Google Doc. This is also useful when you need to add other audio documents as well. Drive Tunes works by allowing you to upload mp3 and m4a files into the application. From there, you are able to attach them into your document, making them playable for those who view your document. Download DriveTunes by clicking the link

            6. Google Slides

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              Google Slides allows you to bring to your presentations to life. Through simple but stylish templates and amazing animations, you are able to spice up a presentation all in Google Drive. Google Slides is accessible anywhere and even offline. This is all possible without the need of any special software to download. Click the link above to see what Google Slides has to offer.

              7. Mail2Drive

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                If you have ever received an email that included important information, like instructions or directions, you might have decided to make it into a word document of some type. Mail2Drive does this for you by allowing you to create word documents out of the text of emails. It is a very simple application with a minimal design. This is automatically done for all email messages. Click the link above to download the program.

                8. EasyBib

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                  One of the most annoying parts of a research paper is having to add a bibliography or other form of source citations. However, they are necessary as a way of preventing plagiarism accusations. EasyBib allows you to cite your sources the easiest way you can all in Google Docs. You can have sources cited in MLA, Chicago, and APA format. Click the link above to download EasyBib.

                  9. MindMeister

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                    Bullet points are helpful when you need to concisely describe the important points of a broad idea. Being able to visualize this, especially when studying for a big test or final, is a great way to retain the information for some people. MindMeister allows you to visualize bullet point lists by making the header the main topic and each bulletpoint a root of the mind map. You can check out this amazing program by clicking the link above.

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                    10. IFTTT

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                      IFTTT is a website that allows individuals to connect some of their favorite websites and web applications together to get tasks done automatically and repetitively if needed. This is done by creating connections. For example, you can connect Facebook and a certain date together so that a status update is created whenever that date occurs. IFTTT also has a ton of formulas, also known as “recipes” for Google Drive. I recommend checking them out to have Google Drive work for you.

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                      Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                      How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                      How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                      Typing is a lot of fun, especially if you’re the type of person who loves to write. Whenever an idea comes to your head or you just want to communicate something, the feeling of scribbling things down in a computer is awesome.

                      Do you know that being able to type faster makes you more productive? In fact, it’ll save you 21 days every year just by typing faster!

                      Many people look up to master typists and wish that to handle a keyboard like they do. The truth is that none of them started that way, and they had to learn.

                      In this piece, you’ll learn how to type faster with some useful tips and techniques:

                      1. Work on Your Workspace and Typing Area

                      A lot of people believe that fast and correct typing will start when you can master the keyboard. But the truth is, you will need to begin with getting a workspace that is clean, properly ventilated, and comfortable. Also, for optimal typing, you will need to get a table and not out your laptop or computer on your lap.

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                      If you will be working for an extended period, make sure that you’re comfortable.

                      2. Fix Your Posture

                      If you want to type well, the correct posture will be seated, straight backed, and with your feet planted a little apart, flat on the ground. You wrists should also be positioned in such a way that your fingers can cover the keyboard. Tilt your head a bit as you can look at the screen properly as well.

                      Adjust your office chair so you’ll be able to easily play with the seat and get a proper posture.

                      3. Hold Your Posture

                      It is also very important that you keep this position as you type. Ensure that your posture is good, and this way, you will be able to avoid getting aches on your wrists. These aches have a way of slowing you down and keeping you out of rhythm.

                      Keep your back and shoulders from hunching, and while relaxation should be your key goal as you work on, also be sure to stay upright.

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                      4. Familiarize Yourself with the Keyboard

                      The keyboard is your tool here, so you will need to get to know it. Fortunately for you, most keyboards that you see will make use of the same layout; the QWERTY layout. It is called that because of the letters that make the top left corner. You’ll also find that a lot of keyboards have keys around these main ones that do several tings.

                      Here’s a nice video to help you familiarize yourself with the keyboard:

                      So, work on memorizing the positions of the letter keys, as well as some of the most used punctuation marks. You will need to understand where they are without looking at the keyboard. This is the only way you can learn to type fast.

                      5. Close Your Eyes and Say the Keys out Loud as You Press Them

                      Another great way to get to know the positions of these letters is to look away from them and directly at the screen. Then, pronounce the keys as you press them and see if you’re correct. This step will go a long way in helping you to memorize the keys, and it can easily help you

                      6. Start Slowly with Touch-Typing

                      Improving your speed as you type is a matter of developing your skill over time. However, the quickest way to master typing will be touch typing. If this is your first time with touch typing, then you might spend a lot of time on this step. However, once you can type without looking at the keys, your speed will increase.

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                      Now, this typing method might feel a bit alien, but you’ll improve with time.

                      7. Stick with It and Don’t Look at Your Hands

                      The whole essence of this step is to keep you from looking at your keyboard as you type, so that your fingers are made to learn how the keys work.

                      Again, you might find that your speed reduces when you begin, but just stick to it. Touch typing will help you to reach higher speeds and master it.

                      8. Practice, Practice, Practice

                      Mastering the touch typing technique will prove to be a bit finicky, but once your posture is up and you get your fingers where they should be, you can only improve by practicing.

                      Spare some time on a daily basis to practice and master both accuracy and speed. With continuous practice, you will also notice that you make fewer errors with time.

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                      9. Check out Some Online Games

                      There are also some websites that can help you with your practicing. They score you and record your words per minute, so you can try improving your record and competing with others as well. Here’re some of the nice sites:

                      10. Dictation Practice

                      If you don’t know what you can type, another alternative to getting good practice is to listen to something and try to type as you hear the words. There is no limit to the kind of things you can type, and you can even make the practice process more fun. So, get an e-book, an online lecture, or listen to a talk show and type. You could watch a TV show as well.

                      11. Monitor Your Progress

                      Ensure that you keep track of the progress you make as you go on. But it is important that you don’t get obsessed with how many words you are able to type in a minute. Rather, ensure that you stay comfortable while you type. With time, your words per minute will increase, and you’ll be able to clock up some high numbers.

                      12. Get Some Formal Training If You Want

                      There are actually a lot of specially designed courses and programs that will boost your typing ability. If you’re willing to improve your skill, get any of these and see how well they work for you:

                      Don’t just finish reading this article and expect that you’ll type faster. You do need to work on your skills. It takes time to type fast but, practice makes perfect!

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