Category Archives: Extensions

Chrome or other third party extensions that help you get more from Google Drive

Using Sidekick to Simulate Read Receipts

A read receipt lets you know when someone to whom you sent an email has opened it. That can be pretty handy, especially when the email bears time-critical information such as travel or meeting plans.

Read receipts are supported in Gmail, but are available only for Google Apps for Work, Education, and Government customers. They are not available in personal Gmail accounts. more

Handling Microsoft Office Docs in Google Drive

Often people send you files in Microsoft Office formats and you need to be able to open, edit and return them. If they don’t work in Google Drive it can be a frustrating process.

Announced at I/O 2014, though, that’s all changed, because both the web (for Chrome users) and mobile apps for Docs, Sheets, and Slides allow you to open and edit MS Office files without first converting them, so you can now edit and return the files in their original MS Office format. more

Add-on Review: openclipart for Google Docs

The openclipart Add-on for Google Docs from Apps4Gapps gives ready access to over 50,000 public domain images that you can use in your documents.

The add-on is added in the normal fashion, by using the Add-ons menu item from within a document. To add a piece of art into your document, simply place the cursor where you want the image to appear, then select Add-ons > openclipart > Search Clipart from the top menu: more

Add-on Review: Vertex42 Template Gallery

Sometimes, when you want to produce a document to a standard format, it’s easier to let someone else do the hard work by using their purpose-designed template to do the job.

Vertex42’s Template Gallery provides over 100 templates, each suitable for either Google Docs or Sheets. Installation is straightforward using the Add-ons menu, and doesn’t require any external sign-up or account creation. After that you can browse the templates directly from the Add-ons menu: more

Add-on Review: Texthelp Highlighting Tools

This free add-on for Google Docs allows you to highlight text within a document in any one of four colors. These highlighted passages may then be collected and compiled into a new document.

You install it in the usual fashion, using the Add-ons menu and looking for ‘Texthelp Study Skills’. Installation is straightforward. more