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16 Secrets of Google Drive You’ll Never Know If You Don’t Read This

16 Secrets of Google Drive You’ll Never Know If You Don’t Read This

If you’re a Millennial or an avid Gmail user, chances are you’ve heard of Google Drive. If you don’t know what Google Drive is, it is one of the apps that Google provides. Google Drive allows for collaboration with your peers on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. It allows peers who are collaborating to edit the same document at the same time and it also has a chat feature, for team members to converse on the topic.

I found this really useful and cool article that goes in detail how you can fully utilize Google Drive. Below are 16 secrets of Google Drive provided from Mac World. This is a fantastic resource for college students and teams who need to collaborate in remote locations.

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  1. One really cool feature (which I wasn’t even aware of until I read the article!) is that Google Drive lets you sync the documents onto your Mac so that you can access your Google Drive files from anywhere. It’s like Google’s version of Dropbox for Mac users.
  2. You can share your documents on Google Drive through social media sites. Need feedback? No problem, share it on Facebook. Want to show off your blood, sweat and tears through your work? Tweet it.
  3. Want to whip up some holiday gifts? Use your Drive documents and photos at Cafepress to create mugs and T-shirts. The Spreadshirt Designer for Google Drive in the Chrome Web Store is also full of possibilities. You can fax documents directly from Google Drive with HelloFax, or use Wappwolf Automator for Google Drive to sync your drive with Dropbox, Evernote, Kindle, and Picasa, among others (Source).
  4. There is actually a list provided on the MacWorld article for keyword shortcuts to help you navigate through Google Drive in a faster and more efficient manner.
  5. Google Drive doesn’t just do English. Actually, it provides 65 languages, so you have the ability to choose your desired language on Google Drive. Need to spruce up your French skills? Change your Google Drive language to French.
  6. Need to collect data with a personalized form? Google Drive has a feature called “Google Forms”.
  7. Simple version of Table of Contents
  8. Like to use JavaScript or want to hone those JavaScript skills? Google Drive has a feature called Google Apps Script. According to the MacWorld article, “For example, you can customize the behavior of spreadsheets, automatically email personalized Calendar invites to people who fill out Google Forms, or even create a monthly statistics report and chart of your Gmail activity.” Pretty cool, huh?
  9. Google Drive has a “Slides” section, where you can go to edit your presentation slides.
  10. Need to work with someone who doesn’t have Google Drive? No problem. Google created a solution to this problem by obtaining QuickOffice, which is on both Android and iOS.
  11. Going to be somewhere with no Internet? That also isn’t a problem. The MacWorld article gave instructions on how to take advantage of this feature.
  12. Need to find a document on Google Drive faster? No problem, search by the person’s name. As the MacWorld article puts it: “When you can’t remember a document’s name, but you do remember who shared it, search by the person’s name.”
  13. You can also search by the document creator’s name in your Gmail since it is linked to your Google Drive account.
  14. If you have Google Chrome, there is an extension feature that enables you to save anything you find to your Google Drive. I just downloaded it… thanks MacWorld!
  15. The MacWorld article says that “When you’re working in a document, it’s a pain to open a new tab or webpage to see source documents. Instead, try the Tools > Research menu option to open a research pane right inside a document. Not only is this convenient, but the pane presents tools that let you easily cite and source content, and you can drag-and-drop images straight over into your document.”  I don’t really have a lot of experience on this section, but it is definitely beneficial for those research papers that college students have to collaborate a lot on with ensuring proper citations. Also makes it MUCH easier for that person who is assigned to check the “quality of the document” before sending it to the professor.
  16. Google Drive has a chat feature so team members who are collaborating can talk to each other within the document. Much easier than having to text or e-mail each other or using a separate program to talk to the team.

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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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