Easy Use of QR Codes

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:

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If you would like to include that QR code in a document, drawing or presentation, you can do so without having to download the image. Simply click on it to open a view of the QR code itself:

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Now copy the image URL to your clipboard. In your target application (here, a slide presentation) choose Insert > Image and choose By URL, pasting the URL of the code into the associated field:

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The image of the QR code will be inserted into your target application. Don’t forget to resize the QR code, using the drag handles, to a size that’s likely to be right for the user’s display:

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A possible application of this would be in a kiosk-style slideshow running on a loop, perhaps in a retail environment, or at a conference or trade fair, where viewers can scan the displayed QR code(s) using their mobile device to access further information.