Google’s latest update makes it simpler to comment on your own or your colleagues’ Docs, Sheets, and Slides files on both the web and mobile platforms. Now, if you highlight some content, an icon appears at the right-hand page edge:
Google has overhauled the Recent view for files in Drive on the web.
The previous options Last modified, Last modified by me and Last opened by me have now disappeared, replaced by a dynamically-generated list based on how you’ve interacted with drive.
A while ago (nearly a year, in fact – how time flies…) I wrote this post about using Google Search as a countdown timer.
Google has now tweaked this feature to offer a little more functionality. As well as a countdown timer, the card now offers a second tab, this one offering a stopwatch instead:
Google has added ‘recycle bin’ features to Calendar, similar to those available in Gmail and Drive, allowing you to easily restore calendar events that have been deleted.. The name of the feature varies according to your language and location settings; in my ‘British English’ setup it’s called Bin, but I suspect that in the USA it will be called Trash.
When you create an event for multiple people in Google Calendar, you usually want to choose a date and time when all of the people you want to invite can attend without rearranging their own agendas.
If your guests have shared their calendars with you, Google Calendar can make this task easier for you by suggesting times that work for everybody.
Sometimes you might want to quote a small part of an email in your reply. This can be achieved with a handy Gmail Lab. (It was originally launched as a standard Gmail feature, but later moved into Labs).
Some time ago I posted about templates, and how to use them in Google Drive. Google has now introduced a new template gallery for the desktop versions of Docs, Sheets and Slides, offering a new interface design and lots of new template designs.
On our home network we have a Windows PC (with printer attached), a Chromebook, a Linux netbook used as a media centre, and, intermittently, an Android phone. Visitors often bring their own devices too. The idea of configuring the network and all of these clients to be able to print to the Windows PC’s printer sounds pretty terrifying and, even were I to achieve it, printing would only be possible from within the local network.
When you copy and paste some content in a Google Sheet, the formatting of the pasted content is maintained by default (unless you’re using the Paste special function). Google has now added an extra feature that allows you to instead paste just the values contained in the content, or just the format of the pasted content.
Many of you will already know that you can use Google’s official Android Device Manager to locate your phone when you’ve misplaced it somewhere. To do so, go to the Device Manager at