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10 Google Docs Features You’ll Probably Never Know If You Don’t Read This

10 Google Docs Features You’ll Probably Never Know If You Don’t Read This

After three years of using a Chromebook and being a student at university for almost one year, Google Drive is a must to master and something that I would never missed out on learning. Here are some super cool tricks that will get you word processing like a professional now you are using Google Drive.

Keep an eye on your collaborators – You can now look at “Activity” within each folder within your Google Drive. You won’t believe how useful this feature is, when you have a group of eager students editing away then to find a document has been deleted by a team member you can then hunt them down based on this feature. It is also useful for reviewing what others have been working on. This feature can be found when clicking the “i” icon on every folder page.

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    Be that colourful inside – When making a folder, don’t be boring. Who wants to be boring? Add some spice to your visuals, click on the drop-down next to each folder to edit the colour of these and bring some life to these dreary documents and folders, they deserve more love.

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      Keep “Recent” nearby – One of the nifty ways to beat the commute to searching through folders and folders to find that one document is to keep the recent tab nearby. This one has saved me many minutes and is good if you are developing a document and need it around to keep editing. To access this find “Recent” on the landing page below “Shared with me” and “Starred” on the left hand side of the screen.

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        Add me! Add me! – This is a great little way to get those features that Microsoft Word has. Using Add-ons within a document allows you to add a feature to the word processing. For example, You can now add a bibliography creator that will save time in your essay writing and many more apps. These add-ons will be added to your add-on library and accessible in any other document, past or present.

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          No don’t leave! – One feature that I feel I should be using more is the Research feature, this is a very hidden feature. Simply go to “Tools” and hit “Research” to take advantage of the ability to research items that you are looking for without leaving the safety of the document. Additionally, you can pull over images which saves a lot of typing of presidents’ names.

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            Keyboard Pro? – Some people just hate the mouse but love the keyboard. Look into “Help” in the menu and find a tab named “Keyboard Shortcuts”. This cracking trick will help you learn the commands to work like a real Google Drive nerd without even leaving the proximity of the keys.

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              Immerse yourself – Want to be in the zone? Perfect chance to get rid of that top bar on the Drive is the two arrows in the top right hand side of the screen. This will push up the menus and leave you with the bare minimum and allow you to focus that attention on the document at hand. Full immersion would be to add “Full Screen” as well using your core PC/Mac/Chrome OS settings.

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                Don’t leave me for Gmail – One of the features that helps your speed when using Google Drive is the email as attachment feature. This is hidden in the “File” tab in menus and with a flick of “Email as attachment” you can send over the document in any format from HTML to PDF to any email address and is a great way to avoid going into emails and getting distracted.

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                  Go back in time! – This feature has become very useful when doing coursework or long documents when you go off on a tangent. You can easily go into “File” in the menu and access “See Revision History” – this will take you to all the times that you have made a change on a document.

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                    Be a font person – In Google Drive, font are very much hidden from the user. Hover over the font drop-down menu and click “Add more fonts”, some of these fonts are impressive and can make your documents look more professional, creative and hipster.

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                      All these tips are great at projecting the best possible usage of Google Drive. After using all these quick tricks after a month, I seemed to be working twice as effectively on Google Drive. Give them a try and don’t forget to ask for any assistance.

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                      Last Updated on August 29, 2018

                      5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                      5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                      Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

                      Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

                      Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

                      1. 750words

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                      750 words

                        750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

                        750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

                        750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

                        2. Ohlife

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                        ohlife

                          Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

                          Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

                          3. Oneword

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                            OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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                            Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

                            4. Penzu

                              Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

                              With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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                              5. Evernote

                              Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

                              Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

                              For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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