For those who interact with MS Office users, it’s always handy to have easy ways to skip between MS and Google formats. Google have just made things a little smoother by allowing you to access and add comments to MS docs directly from the Google Drive Preview pane.
You can now rotate text easily in the cells of Google Sheets. This feature can be particularly handy if you need to fit long header titles into narrow columns, or when you simply want to spruce up the presentation of your data.
A small update from Google has made it easier to view the sharing settings on shared Google Drive folders.
Previously it was not always easy to find out who the folder has been shared with or how to update the permissions. Now, for shared folders, a new icon appears next to the folder’s name in the navigation menu:
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.
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.
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
Sometimes you need to leave your computer, perhaps at short notice, and you’ve already built up a number of open tabs. If you don’t have Google Chrome configured to carry on where you left off when opening a new session, then closing the browser will lose those tabs and force you to remember and re-open them later to continue working.
Chrome’s Pin Tab feature has been around for some years, but I’m amazed at how many people are still unaware of it – or have forgotten about it – so today’s post is a quick overview.
You’ll already be aware that you can share documents, spreadsheets, presentations and drawings with your colleagues, and that you can also specify the access level for these collaborators, i.e. you can grant them full editing privileges, or just the ability to view a file or to add comments.
I’ve discussed the sharing of files in quite a number of previous posts – it is, after all, one of the main collaboration features of Google Drive.
Google has just strengthened its sharing system a little more, with the new ability to let owners of shared files lock some functions like downloading, printing, or copying.