In this previous post I discussed how to shorten URLs using the goo.gl service. A handy side effect of doing this is, as I mentioned in that post, the automatic generation of a QR code for the URL concerned:
Some time ago I posted this about the sketch tool in Google Hangouts. This little tool allows you to make quick sketches in the Hangouts window to help you explain yourself to your colleagues.
This neat little tool has one or two tricks not mentioned in the previous post.
In Google Drawings, so-called Connectors are special lines that stay attached to your shapes. When you subsequently move or rotate shapes that are connected, the connectors bend and stretch so that your shapes stay connected.
You’re probably already aware that you can enter bulleted or numbered lists in Google Docs using the appropriate buttons on the toolbar (there’s a post about customising them here):
In line with how many other word processing programs function, Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings will now automatically turn on the relevant list mode when the application detects that you want to make a bulleted or numbered list, based on what first character you enter in your paragraph.
Inevitably there will be times when, for some reason, you need to download your files – e.g. to clear space in your Drive account, to clear out obsolete material, or to use or store your files in some other place.
There are so many keyboard shortcuts in Google Drive that most people haven’t a hope of memorizing them all. That’s usually OK – you probably only ever use a few of those available, and can remember what they are – but occasionally it’s nice to have a quick reference to the others.
One of Google Drive’s key advantages is the ability to collaborate with others on your documents, as I described in this previous post. In cases where you have set your document to Anyone with the link can view or Public on the web, and have then shared the link with people other than those expressly defined as being shared on the document, you may have noticed unusual animal-themed icons appearing at the top of your document (when someone who is a known sharer views a Google Doc their own profile image appears here). Each animal icon represents an anonymous viewer whom Drive has randomly assigned an animal avatar.
Sometimes, especially when I’m creating a drawing or a presentation, I feel the need to copy a colour as closely as possible from another image or web page. This is especially true when the content includes e.g. logos, corporate colours or other owner-specific graphics.
In some previous posts I’ve discussed alignment of objects in Google Draw. Occasionally, you may find that you need to just ‘tweak’ an object’s position, but dragging the object or using just the arrow keys tends to nudge it a little too much.
In a previous post I discussed transparency in Google Drawings, and how this can be used with (for example) Presentations to make visually attractive slides.
Transparency, though, doesn’t have to be all or nothing; you can adjust fill colours to have just the amount of opacity you need.