Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Favourite posts for Google+ Chrome extension

Seen a great Google+ post that you want to be able to refer back to later? The Favourite Posts for Google+ extension makes this easy. Once the extension has been installed, you’ll have a new ‘favourite’ button visible on every post. Simply click the button to add a post to the favourites list, which is accessible from the Google+ menu.

How do I get it?

The Favourite Posts for Google+ Chrome extension is available here. Just click the Add to Chrome button to install it.

How do I use it?

When you find a post you want to save for later, simply click the Favourite button (with the star icon).

Google+ favourite post button

To find posts you have favourited, click the Google+ menu button in the top left corner (it probably says Home) and select Favourites from the menu.

Google+ favourite menu

Tip: If you don’t see the Favourite button or menu item after installing the extension, try restarting Google Chrome.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

5 useful gadgets for Google Sites

Google Sites includes a library of gadgets - little applications that can add a lot of powerful features to your site.

All of these gadgets can be added to your site by:

1. Editing the page you want to insert the gadget on.

2. Selecting the Insert menu .

3. Selecting a gadget from the list, or choosing More gadgets.

4. If you select More gadgets, use the search box at the top of the gadget gallery to find the gadgets mentioned below.

1: Google Calendar

The Google Calendar gadget lets you embed a Google Calendar within your site. You can choose a default view (such as Day or Agenda), and provide the ability for viewers to change the view to suit their needs.

To use this gadget, select the Insert menu and select Calendar from the Google section of the menu.

Tip: Make sure the calendar you embed on the site is shared appropriately. Even when embedded on the site, it can only be viewed by people it is shared with.

Google Calendar gadget

2: Slideshow maker (using Google Slides)

This versatile gadget lets you add a slideshow of images, text or both to your Google Site. It uses Google Slides as a source of content. These instructions show you how to use the gadget, and provide some good templates too. This gadget is a great way to add a professional looking image slider to your site.

3: Google Maps

Another gadget from Google, this one lets you insert a Google Map into your site, with a place marker on a specific location.
To use this gadget, select Insert and select Map from the Google section of the menu.

Google Map gadget

4: Countdown

A simple live event countdown gadget by Sean Regan. You specify the event and the event date, and the countdown clock shows exactly how much time is remaining until that event. Great for assignments, excursions, exams, graduation and more.

Tip: Search ‘countdown sean’ to find this gadget.

Countdown gadget

5: Awesome Tables for Google Sites (using Google Sheets)

This gadget lets you add interactive tables to your Google Site. They can feature multiple pages, filters and more. To see the power of this gadget, check out this YouTube clip by developer Romain Vialard. You can also find some instructions for using the gadget here.

Enjoy these gadgets, and be sure to look through the others in the gadget gallery to find more that suits your needs!

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Pin your favourite chat buddies to the top of the Gmail chat list

The Hangouts chat list in Gmail displays your contacts in alphabetical order. This means that if your favourite chat buddy is called Zane Smith, he might get lost at the bottom. A relatively new feature solves this dilemma by allowing you to ‘pin’ specific contacts at the top of the chat list. It’s simple to do, just follow the instructions below.

1. Hover over the name of the person you want to pin until you see a little arrow appear on the right.

2. Click the arrow.

3. Select Pin to top.


4. The contact will now always be displayed at the top of the chat list.


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Print handouts in Google Slides

Sometimes you might need to provide your students or colleagues with a printed version of a Google Slides deck. The ‘Print’ option in Slides only lets you print one slide on each page, so it’s easy to think this is the only option available. Not so! Follow the steps below to learn how to handouts of your slides.

1. Select File > Print settings and preview.

2. Click the 1 slide without notes button.

3. Select your desired handout style.

4. Click Print.

Print handouts option in Slides

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