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.
A while ago I wrote this post about exporting your presentations for use on mobile devices such as phones, tablets and e-readers.
Now a new feature from Google Docs offers a further option – you can now download your documents in the popular EPUB format.
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’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:
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.
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.
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.
Google’s My Maps app is a cool tool that lets you create custom maps with your own data layered on top.
The service has been around for a while, but is now available directly from within Google Drive.
In this previous post (and others) I discussed how to protect spreadsheet cells to prevent your collaborators from messing up your sheets with inappropriate edits.
Google has just made this a little more flexible by allowing you to add a warning text to selected ranges or cells within a sheet that can be edited by collaborators.