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net 120 Use the Google Search app to shop 124 Arrange a personalised Google News feed 126 Make and publish your own Google Currents magazine 128 Set up your own community with Google Groups 130 Get content you’re interested in emailed to you via Google Alerts 132 Familiarise yourself with the new Google Maps 134 Discover the replacement options for Latitude 136 Take a tour of famous places using Google Earth 138 See where the MSL Curiosity Rover is on Mars 140 Fly around the world using Google Earth’s Flight Simulator 142 Stargaze into the future using Google Sky Map .net Contents Contents Lifestyle Tricks 8 Supercharge your searches 70 Google’s hidden gems: discover the playful side of the search giant 110 Search through and take notes in Play Books 78 Organise your mail by using Gmail’s new tabs 112 Activate the Read Aloud feature in Play Books 80 Link multiple email accounts together through Gmail 114 Play against your friends in a multiplayer game 82 Work with the Gmail app’s labels and notifications 116 Set up Google Wallet in order to pay for purchases 84 Use the Google+ Share button from any Google service 118 Shop online with Google Shopping 86 Create and develop a Google+ business page 122 Save money by using Google Offers 88 Set up Party Mode and save photos to Google+ 90 Sort out your snaps in Google Photos 92 Edit your images in Google Photos 94 Broadcast your video stream to the world on Google+ 96 Start a Google Hangout on your phone or tablet Google Tips 98 Upload your own videos to YouTube 20 Communication 100 Subscribe to your favourite YouTube channels 26 Shopping 102 Find exactly what you want in Google Play 32 News 38 Exploration 104 Sell your music through Google Play’s Artist Hub 44 Information 50 Organisation 56 Websites 106 Listen to your music anywhere by uploading it to Play Music 62 Management 108 Get your music onto your mobile 62 Control your account 6 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags.Google WorldMags.
WorldMags.net Google Tips & Tricks 7 . and it delivers” 204 Secure your Google account to keep your data profile safe 206 Download all your data using Google Takeaway 108 Keep music on mobiles WorldMags. in any language 176 Manage your Keep notes on the go 178 Create. organise and share your online calendars 180 Plan a daily agenda using Google Calendar 182 Use Google Finance to follow the market 184 Allow users to comment on Blogger using Google+ 158 Undertake research and collect citations using Google Scholar 186 Save your own reading list of blog content 160 Digitise a business card with Google Goggles 188 Set up themes using the Google Sites layout editor 162 Turn Chrome into your online office 190 Put your pages together to develop your site 164 Get all of your news feed saved into one place 192 Begin your first AdWords campaign 166 Shuttle webpages between your desktop and your mobile 194 Monitor your site’s performance in Google Analytics 168 Run the Google Drive application from your desktop 196 Connect your Analytics and AdWords accounts 170 Share and collaborate on Google Docs through Drive 198 Add Google apps and services to your website 172 Show a Google Slides presentation from your tablet 200 Take a course to start learning app development 174 Keep your life in order with Google Keep 202 Manage your account through Google Dashboard 176 Access notes on the go “Google knows exactly what we want.net 98 Upload to YouTube ✓Google 174 Save to-dos in Google 136 Tour the world Productivity Tricks 146 Stay on top of Google Trends 148 Search more accurately using the advanced tools 150 Make the most of your Google Web History 152 Add the Google Toolbar to your Internet Explorer browser 154 Use Google Now to keep everything on track 156 Converse with anyone.
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a unique algorithm that’s used to rank pages based on your search query.WorldMags. the most common problem is that it often returns too many results.net ✓Google Supercharge your searches Google’s search panel is a deceptively powerful tool. or use ‘search operators’ and Google’s Advanced Search page to craft a sophisticated set of search rules. even if you’ve performed countless searches. Over the next few pages. and as a general rule. Google has taken a proactive approach to enhancing the search experience. there are some essentials to bear in mind. you’ll learn how to do all of the above and find out how to get even more out of your Google searches. in fact. Beyond these basics. and has expanded its search offerings with new technology such as Search by Image. Learn how to master the search panel in order to ensure that you always find exactly what you’re looking for G oogle has grown well beyond its search engine origins. Google doesn’t actually search for common words such as ‘I’ and ‘the’. However. what a page is all about. domains and file types. Each match is represented by a ‘snippet’ – a few lines of the page’s content. Firstly. you can limit your searches to particular websites. which is one less thing to worry about. But. When you ask Google to perform a search.net when you type them into the search bar. which feature your search term(s). even WorldMags. Also. Google Tips & Tricks 9 . Whenever you perform a search. searches aren’t case sensitive. at a glance. but this is still the thing that it is best known for by the general public. Google Search owes a large part of its success to PageRank. Snippets allow you to see. as some punctuation marks double up as search commands. it scours all of the publicly accessible online documents and then builds a search results page from the matches. Along with these. Voice Search and Knowledge Graph. you should lay off the punctuation. which can affect the accuracy of your results. chances are you don’t really know what’s going on behind the scenes.
perform a normal image search and then select the Search Tools button that appears beneath the search bar. you’ll get access to the full Search Tools options.net 04 SEARCH BY IMAGE Limited options are available for Search by Image. Finally.’ Or. if you know that you are looking for an image from the very beginning. However. Search tools You can filter your image results based on a whole range of criteria Google’s search results are often a case of quantity over quality – you’ll receive thousands of hits in a few milliseconds. Google will then respond by adding a new row of options above your image results… 01 FILTER BY SIZE You can filter you results based on set sizes. select ‘Larger than…’ . Click the image again or select Visit Page to launch the webpage that contains this image. Alternatively. drawings etc using Type. and just to the right of the More option inside the toolbar. the webpage Google discovered the image on and some related pics you might be interested in. After performing your regular web search. just click on Images in the Google toolbar to see only the visual content related to your search query. To access these.Google WorldMags. and Search by Image W hen performing a Google search. or click ‘View original image’ to see the full-sized version. including Search Tools. Click a category to filter your images based on this Google grouping. If you have a minimum size but no upper limit. 03 TYPE & TIME Filter images based on whether they’re clip art. and then proceed to click on the top two or three in the list – and this applies to images too. .net Supercharge your searches Image search Explore the web visually using Image Search. select a colour from the palette to view images that heavily feature that particular colour. then click any image to launch the image viewer. most notably Time. you can sidestep text content and search specifically for images. use Time to locate images uploaded within a certain time range. WorldMags. or select Exactly and enter your own. 10 Google Tips & Tricks 02 FILTER BY COLOUR You can opt to only view images that are ‘Full colour’ or ‘Black and white. Google has plenty of tricks to help you narrow down your search results. cut to the chase and select Images from the toolbar before performing your search. which contains info such as the image’s dimensions. the first thing you’ll notice is a slider containing popular categories based on your search query. When Google returns your results. When you opt to view Visually Similar images. Alternatively. why not use this image as the starting point for a whole new search? Click ‘Search by Image’ to get started.
rightclick the image and select ‘Copy image URL’ and then paste this into the Search by Image bar. drag and drop it into the search bar to start the hunt.net ✓Google Using images to search Search by Image is essentially a reverse image search. This can be handy. along with any websites Google can find that feature the exact same image. This info includes images that are visually similar to your original picture.gl/xmMi5K) Once installed. not the URL of the page containing it. select Images from the Google toolbar and tap the camera icon to view the Search by Image options. Google’s relatively recent addition to its image search capabilities is the image carousel at the top.’ Or. Use one of the mystery photos as the basis of a Search by Image and Google scours the web for similar images. if the image is close to hand. which collects results into handy groups for you WorldMags. the quickest way to perform a Search by Image is to launch Google. and any info it can find. Search by Image is the solution you’ve been waiting for.net Make Search by Image a single-click process by downloading the free extension for Chrome (goo. you can use its URL to perform a quick Search by Image.WorldMags. Right-click the image and select the Copy Image URL option and then paste the URL into the search bar to get started. or copy/paste the URL of any image you find on the web. The Search by Image results page typically features a mix of visually similar images and related webpages. select ‘Upload an image. “The Search by Image results page typically features a mix of visually similar images and related webpages” 01 IMAGES ON YOUR PC 02 IMAGES FOUND ONLINE 03 CHROME EXTENSION When the image in question is on your computer. where you take an image and ask Google to find info about it. If the image you’re curious about is online. which expands accordingly. To make sure you’re using the correct URL. If the image is online. Google Tips & Tricks 11 . although according to the small print this is “solely to provide and improve our products and services”. Google searches have no longer needed to start with a word or phrase. right-click any image online and select ‘Search Google with the image’ to perform a Search by Image. Since the arrival of Search by Image. the quickest option is pasting its URL into the search bar – this must be the image’s URL. The more recognisable the image. simply drag and drop an image into the search bar. select Images from the toolbar and then drag your image into the search bar. the more relevant your results will be: Search by Image is better at finding content related to a photo of a celebrity than a snap from your kid’s birthday party. for example. Search with images Your Google searches don’t always need to start off with a string of text If you’ve ever found Google’s obsession with text-based searches restrictive. One thing you need to be aware of when using Search by Image is that Google saves all of the images you upload. To perform this back-to-front image search. and Google goes hunting for information related to that image. If the image is on your computer. if you find some photos and can’t remember where they were taken.
search for a restaurant and the information box contains a Google Map preview and user reviews. tourist attractions or museums. from the search results page itself. Knowledge Graph is Google’s attempt to give you the information you need. you’ll notice that selecting an image doesn’t alter the actual carousel. Try typing the name of your favourite band followed by ‘album’ or ‘discography’.net Supercharge your searches Get better results Find out what info Google’s Knowledge Graph offers G oogle’s search results are usually shown as a list.net . The box provides some key facts based on your search query. and an image carousel along the top of your screen. so you can explore each one in turn. Knowledge Graph makes its presence felt in two ways: a ‘more information’ box. you’ll find the different options listed beneath the information box. some additional hits are being thrown at you. this is Knowledge Graph. 12 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. to get some recommendations. You may have noticed that. Click any to clarify this is what you had in mind. alongside the title and date of publication for each book. Image Carousel Explore related topics with Google’s Knowledge Graph Local search At a loose end? Open the Google homepage and search for ‘things to do in…’ In addition to the usual list of results. but this is starting to change. If you have something more specific in mind. or search for ‘band members’ to see the full line-up. select this option to strip out results concerned with the TV series. if you’re interested in the Andromeda galaxy. ask Google to find theatres. For example. your page may also feature an image carousel. Music fans can also search for ‘top albums’ followed by a year. specifically at the top and to the side of the main list. Depending on your original search term.Google WorldMags. Music search Knowledge Graph supports several music-related searches. For example. You can also search for recommendations within certain genres (‘top sci-fi books’) or years (‘top books of 2010’). Click any image to explore the related results. with your last few Google searches. searching for an actress brings up their birth date and filmography. Knowledge Graph is also context-aware. so when your query has several possible meanings. Author search Search for an author followed by ‘books’ to view all of that author’s published work. the image carousel pop ups with places worth visiting.
galleries. unless you have a particularly obscure taste in music. Google scours the web for upcoming tour dates. Expect a similar experience when you are searching for other types of venues. Your more info box will also feature a rundown of the artist’s most popular songs. you’ll spot the familiar more information box. When you perform a musician-related search. or click More Images to view additional visual content. such as record labels associated with that artist and where the musician hails from. the more information box makes some suggestions for other musicians you might be interested in. The box also contains related imagery. click any image to launch the image viewer. a description and an average rating based on visitor reviews. your results page will feature a more information box containing lots of useful facts. As usual. Finally.net Google Tips & Tricks 13 . based on your original query. alongside each film’s rating. click any of these to perform a search based on that new subject. Most of this information is clickable. again. scroll down to the thumbnail album covers. theatres. WorldMags. If you searched for an actual cinema. such as museums. music venues and bars. Finally. which represent the artist’s complete discography. but if you’re looking for a more complete picture of their musical output. then factors in your current location and highlights events that are happening nearby. so if you’re hankering after a Google Map of your favourite band’s home town. then you’re in luck. Click any that catches your eye to start an entirely new Google search – who knows. the more information box contains thumbnail previews of similar venues.WorldMags. all of these items are clickable. Venue-related information boxes also contain a Google Map preview and a Directions button that gives you instructions on how to find the cinema. Click the ‘…Google reviews’ link to read the full reviews. This typically contains some photos of the venue.net ✓Google Use the overviews Check out the at-a-glance guides just to the right of your search results BAND INFO ■ Search for a musician and. and then consider clicking ‘Write a review’ to add your thoughts to the mix. genre and trailer. search for ‘movies in’ followed by a location) and Google supplies a list of all the movies showing on that particular day. you might find your next musical obsession! FIND A FILM ■ Search for your local cinema (or if you don’t have a venue in mind.
WorldMags.net . searches are becoming increasingly long-winded. by using this search operator followed a URL. Use the filetype: operator alongside the OR command to search for multiple file types. for example. be aware that inserting a space between certain search operators and the first word of your query can prevent Google from recognising the search operator. Adding search operators to a query instructs Google to focus on everything from a specific website to only webpages that were updated within the past week. Use this operator followed by a URL to view similar websites.. Although this query returns fewer results. ‘World Cup winners 1994. or ‘search operators’ G oogle’s search engine has a nasty habit of transforming a one-word query into seemingly endless pages of search results. However. URL or number. Use the . depending on your needs. What makes search operators particularly useful is that you can string them together to construct very tightly focused queries.. filetype: -query Search for pages of a particular file type. ‘laptop sale -macbook’. there’s a much higher chance of finding exactly what you’re looking for within the first few pages. such as a PDF. use a * to represent any unknowns. number. This is where ‘search operators’ come in handy. for example ‘writer and director *Gobert’. eg searching for pages that contain ‘Google search tips’ in the title and ‘search operators’ in the main text.(minus) operator to exclude all webpages that feature the attached word.net Supercharge your searches Keyword search As the number of webpages grows. site: Restrict your search results to a single domain. Filter out all of those unwanted webpages by using keywords. but in this section we will take a look at some of the most useful ones (you can find more operators by visiting goo. Google supports a long list of search operators. * If you’re having a mental block and can’t think of a complete search query. thereby sparing you from having to trawl through multiple pages just to find one relevant search result. for example. To ensure that Google doesn’t mistake the operator for part of your search query. This can also help you spot any ‘bad’ websites that are aligning themselves with your own. allintitle: inurl: related: Limit your results to pages that have the following word in their URL.Google WorldMags. If you’re weighing up several possible options.gl/meH7Ef and the related pages). 14 Google Tips & Tricks Enter two numbers separated by full stops to view all results that contain numbers within that range. and were created in 2013. because they allow you to give Google specific instructions on what to search for. search for them all simultaneously by separating your queries with the capitalised OR operator. put allinurl: before your terms. or a certain subdomain or subdirectory. If you’re looking for a URL that contains multiple words.2010’. play it safe and never insert a space.number OR Place allintitle: in front of your search term to restrict your results to only webpages that have this word or phrase in the title (ie at the top of the browser).
WorldMags. define: Place this search operator before a query to get the definition for that word or phrase. ‘1 mile in kilometres’. “query” Quotation marks tell Google to list results containing that exact phrase. Even with these operators in place.net map: Place this before a location and the first item on the results page will always be a Google Maps preview.gl/3NWyUZ). WorldMags. if possible. eg ‘query1 AROUND(3) query2’ searches for two queries that occur within three spaces of one another.’ This effectively limits your results to the text that’s displayed within a webpage’s hyperlinks.com). This is useful when queries contain words that are normally discarded. This is particularly useful when dealing with acronyms. the first step is to use quotation marks to guarantee that all the recipes are veggiefriendly (curry “vegetarian”). so you use the ‘-’ operator to filter out all the results that feature this unpopular ingredient (-potato). link: Use this operator to find pages containing hyperlinks to the specified URL.com -potato intitle:Thai). Dates must be entered in the tricky Julian format. there are still plenty of recipes for you to choose from. allinanchor: Restrict your search to ‘anchor text. If you’re just looking for one word. you’re hosting a curry night and need a vegetarian recipe for a picky pal who hates potatoes and would prefer Thai curry to Indian. use intext: instead. but there are still a few dreaded potatoes lurking in those results. IN This operator tells Google to convert the query before the IN into the query that comes immediately afterwards. for example. In this situation. so you use the site: operator to restrict Google to a single site (site:bbcgoodfood. For example. ✓Google daterange: Only show pages created on the date(s) specified. The next problem is that your favourite website isn’t among the results. such as ‘the’. click to launch the full-sized version. Use allinurl: to search for URLs containing multiple search terms. Searching for ‘curry recipe’ isn’t going to cut it. but there are plenty of converters online (goo. Use keyword searches to pinpoint the perfect recipe In this how-to guide we show you an example in action Search operators are useful when you’re looking for something specific.net Google Tips & Tricks 15 . so why not go for the jackpot and specify that the curry must be of the Thai variety? You can also keep your finicky friend happy by adding the intitle: operator (curry recipe “vegetarian” site:bbcgoodfood. allintext: Limit your results to pages that contain the following search terms in the main text. You’re getting there. AROUND( ) Search for terms that occur in close proximity.
you can change Google’s default behaviour by clicking the gear icon and selecting Search Settings. Precipitation and Wind buttons to view more information.net 04 GOOGLE SEARCH ON ANDROID Tweak the search settings on your Android device by selecting Settings from the Google homepage. 16 Google Tips & Tricks 02 SUNRISE AND SUNSET In order to see the time of the upcoming sunrise or sunset anywhere in the world. enter the flight number to view a pop-up containing all the info for that flight. WorldMags. such as Maps and Images. give your query more focus using Advanced Search.’ Type weather: followed by a location to view the forecast for the coming week. including a breakdown of your most Weather and flights Get the info you need from the search results page 01 CHECK THE CURRENT TIME To find out the current time anywhere in the world.com/history. In addition to showing the time. state or city followed by ‘time’. To scrub an item from Google’s record. perform a search. select the corresponding checkbox and click the ‘Remove items’ button. You can select Visual Search from the left-hand menu to review all of the images you’ve used for your Search by Images. click the gear symbol in the top-right corner.Google WorldMags. enter a country. Scroll to the bottom of the Search Settings page and select ‘Search history. simply enter the location you are interested in followed by either ‘sunset’ or ‘sunrise’. or use the left menu to filter your search history based on the different areas of Google. select Advanced Search and then you’re to start laying down some ground rules. Possible changes include activating ‘Handwrite.google. You can even review your search activity by date and hour. frequently visited sites and favourite search terms. and more. 03 SEARCH YOUR HISTORY Get an overview of your general search history at www. This page controls the default SafeSearch settings. only to have forgotten it by the time you next sit down at the computer. . If you’ve ever found exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re after something more permanent. and the maximum number of search results displayed per page. If you want to remove any of these images from your history. Select a particular day and toggle the Temperature.’ to ‘write’ search queries on screen with your finger. Google provides information on the location’s time zone and date. from the Advanced Search page I f your searches keep throwing up lots of unwanted clutter.’ then enter your Gmail password to gain access to your entire search history. you’ll be happy to know that Google keeps a record of everything you search for. select the image’s checkbox and click ‘Remove items.net Supercharge your searches Advanced options Want to change Google’s default search behaviour? You can make this permanent change to its operation. If it’s a flight you want to track. To use the Advanced settings.
net ✓Google Advanced Search options If a standard search doesn’t give you exactly what you’re looking for. alongside some links to more searchrelated information. you may want to bookmark this particular page for easy access. it appears in your results Search for results that contain a number within the specifed range This drop-down restricts Google to pages written in the language specifed Use this dropdown to limit yourself to pages from a particular region Search the whole page.’ Since there’s no way to jump straight to Advanced Search from the Google homepage. Search results must contain this exact phrase.doc. Although you will enter most of your requirements at the top of the page. such as restricting your search to a particular region or only including webpages written in a particular language. Google Tips & Tricks 17 . and / for divisions) and the calculator pops up with the answer. enabling you to enter criteria and get very specific about your search.WorldMags. Intermediate or Advanced Restrict your search to a specifc website. try using Google’s Advanced Search page instead to get more specific In order to access the Advanced Search options. Once you get to the Advanced Search page. eg the title Confne Google to pages that have been updated within a certain period of time Filter results based on reading level: choose form Basic. towards the bottom you will find some useful additional criteria to use. including articles. etc) of the pages included in your results Tell Google whether to flter explicit content from your search results Quick tips 01 Still looking for a couple more tips? We don’t like to disappoint… Here are three quick ones to round things off GOOGLE SCHOLAR If you’re doing research. you can use Google Scholar to search a range of educational literature from different disciplines and publishers. WorldMags. or to a particular domain Specify the format (. you’ll find a form with lots of text fields. or limit your search to a particular part. at the bottom of the page you’ll find an option to search based on usage rights.net 03 THE INFO: OPERATOR Use the info: operator followed by a URL in order to get more information about that particular page. no quotation marks required Search results must contain all of the words specifed in this box Specify words or phrases that must not appear within your search results If a webpage contains at least one of these words.gl/jpKlwj). which is useful for hunting out content that you can modify and reuse. then click the cog icon in the top-right corner of the results page and select ‘Advanced search. Finally. * for multiplications. 02 MATHS MADE EASY Type a maths question into the standard Google search bar using one of the recognised symbols (+. including a short description of it and all of the webpages that link both to and from it.pdf. books and court opinions (goo. perform a normal search. -. .
net .Google WorldMags.net Google Tips Google Tips Learn to use Google’s services more effectively in every area of your life 20 Communication 26 Shopping 32 News 38 Exploration 44 Information 50 Organisation 56 Websites 62 Management 47 Synchronise services 52 Use Drive on devices 18 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags.
you name it” 30 Manage apps WorldMags.net Tips ✓ “You can use Google for anything – finding deals and news. stargazing. running sites.net Google Tips & Tricks 19 .WorldMags.
Since Gmail is used by people at work and at home on a massive scale. sharing photos or hooking up for a face-to-face video chat through Hangouts in Google+. but for now we thought it important for you to get accustomed with some of the respective services’ lesser-known features. Click on Photos to be able to upload new pictures to your Google Photos account. Google+ Locate your communication tools 1: Your communication portal 2: Upload photos 3: Find or add videos When you log into Google+. Hangouts.net . so let’s delve in and explore them in depth Whether it’s sending basic messages through Gmail. this is set to Text. 20 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. You can also share them from here. we will be taking a look at some of the main apps for communicating in more detail. we have focused mainly on cool tips for getting the most out of that service – such as interesting ways to manage your inbox and how to activate a truckload of keyboard shortcuts to cut the time you spend emailing people in half. Gmail and Photos Communication Google’s services make it easy to communicate online. we present one or two top tips for getting the most out of the Google Photos service and keeping all of your friends in the loop. The final quick link allows you to quickly create Google+ events. If you click on Videos then you will be able to instantly search for videos on YouTube or upload your own video to the service. We also show you how to start a Google+ Hangout. which can make using them even more intuitive and speed up your productivity no end. uploading videos to YouTube.net Google+. In addition. Drag images into the space provided or click one of the other options. which is a fun and modern way to communicate without having to spend a penny.Google WorldMags. communicating is made easy through Google’s numerous free services. for a video (or text) chat. Later in this book. where you can post a status update. all of the essential communicative tools you need are there at the top of your homepage. By default.
Google+ will match them with other people on Google+. even if they aren’t in your circles. circles or email addresses. and then click on Share. This allows you to instantly hook up with people from your social circles using your computer’s webcam and chat in real-time. on the right-hand side of the screen. 3: Post an invitation 4: Quick hookup You will now be able to post an open invitation to hook up with anyone from your circles who wants to chat.net 2 In the box at the top of the Hangouts menu. 1: Go to Hangouts 2: Start a party Go to the Google+ service and. you will see a handy Hangouts column. Tick a box and you can start a text or video chat. click on the arrow at the bottom of the column and then click on the ‘Start a party’ button to open up a new broadcast window on your desktop. the more natural a means of communication it will become. add the names. Finding people to join you in a Hangout Here’s how to add people and Circles to your Hangout Hangouts Start an open Hangout 1 Click on New Hangout at the top of the Hangouts column and all of your current Google+ circles will be listed.net Tips ✓ Hang out on Google Hook up with your friends for face-to-face online chats Google’s product portfolio is packed full of services to help you communicate with others – be it via email through Google’s Gmail service. which is the next best thing to meeting up in person. You can start a new Hangout by clicking on the ‘+’ icon and then inviting friends to join you. Also accessible through Google+ is the Hangouts service. The more you use the service. In this tutorial. we’ll guide you through the process of starting your own Hangout. Google Tips & Tricks 21 . 3 Click on the box beside a person’s name and you will add them to your Hangout. so you can hook up with the same bunch of people again quickly and easily by just clicking on them in the list. or you can make yourself available to meet up should any of your friends be online. and before too long you’ll be hosting your own online parties and pinging off quick-fire messages. Hangouts is an ever-present feature of Google+ and can be accessed by clicking on the Hangouts icon in the top-right corner of the interface. hook up with people you have hung out with previously by selecting them from the list. You can either send them a text message or invite them to a video chat. via videos uploaded to your YouTube channel or via casual posts and status updates in Google+. Fill in what’s on your mind. start typing in names. Here you can choose to create a new Hangout. All of your previous Hangouts will be listed in the Hangouts column in Google+. WorldMags. To let friends know that you’re free to hang out.WorldMags.
It will then be marked on your Google Calendar. so you won’t forget to reply later. Tasks will be displayed in an ever-present window in the corner of your inbox. Use the tasks window to create simple to-do lists. Gmail and Photos Save reminders and to-do lists Give yourself a visual heads-up through Gmail Google Tasks is a lesser-known feature of Gmail that can prove to be an incredibly useful to-do list. You can also convert emails into tasks on your list.Google WorldMags. click on the box next to it and the text will be struck through to show it’s been completed. if there is an email you need to respond to and you want to be reminded later on. To set yourself reminders to complete certain tasks in your list. Gmail Store your notes with Tasks 1: Click on ‘Gmail’ 2: Creating tasks 3: Convert emails to tasks Click on the ‘Gmail’ menu in the top-left corner of the Gmail interface and then choose Tasks from the list of options. so you can easily add emails as tasks – for instance. 4: Never forget to reply 5: Tick them off 6: Set reminders If you are currently in the middle of something and can’t reply to important emails straight away. When you complete a tasks in your list. Your task list stays up to date no matter how you access it (which you can do via other Google services such as Calendar and through your mobile device’s Gmail app). set due dates or add notes. and it’s always with you wherever you go. Now simply choose ‘Add to Tasks’. then add any other notes that you wish to assign. 22 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. With Tasks you can just click and type to add new tasks. Hangouts. Click on ‘+’ to create a new item and on Actions for a list of formats etc. Highlight completed tasks and then click on the bin icon to delete them. A small task window will now appear in the lower-right corner of the interface. open up an email message from your inbox and then click on the More menu at the top of the screen. To do this. and then tick each task off as you complete it. click on a task and set the due date.net . When used through your desktop computer via Gmail. You also have list options and can make the window bigger by clicking the arrow.net Google+. adding them to your Tasks list will ensure that they are always visible.
try copying and pasting some into the Tasks window on your inbox and then learn them over time. This feature will display an arrow for messages sent to your address and a double arrow for those only sent to you. from composing and sending messages to managing your inbox swiftly on the fly. Look at the small tab icon to the left of each message and you should notice that the aforementioned arrows will be present. 4: Shortcuts in effect The more shortcuts you memorise. click on the cog icon in the top-right corner and then scroll down the menu of options to choose Settings. 2: Learn the shortcuts Still on the General settings screen. WorldMags. click on the ‘Learn more’ link just below ‘Keyboard shortcuts’ to see a complete list of all of the available shortcuts. Spotting mass emails instantly See which messages were sent straight to you. so you will need to go into your General Settings and activate it. There are also combo shortcuts that require the simultaneous pressing of multiple keys – learning them all is like learning to play guitar. Gmail Activate and use shortcuts 1: Turn on shortcuts While in Gmail. there will always be shortcuts – single or multiple key combinations to perform certain tasks faster – and Gmail is packed with them too. but with practice these shortcut commands will become second nature. Set the radio button to the ‘on’ option to activate the feature.net 3 The indicators will now be visible on messages listed in your inbox. and you alone 1 While in Gmail. 3: Lots of shortcuts There are shortcuts relating to all aspects of Gmail. From here. you can also learn the many shortcut commands that relate to all areas of Gmail. speeding up your productivity. click on the cog icon in the top-right corner of the screen and then choose Settings from the list. Take a while to study them and get to know the ones that are likely to most useful to you and the way you operate. When in Settings. In this tutorial. There is a lot to take in. although one solution might be to simply print out the page and keep it close to hand for easy referral. While on the General settings page. the easier you’ll be able to manage and organise your emails and inboxes. we will guide you through the process of activating this cool feature and then provide a few additional tips on how best to learn the commands. Shortcuts will save you time. help increase your productivity and allow you to manage your emails efficiently – the hardest part is learning them all! Shortcuts is a feature of Gmail that is deactivated by default. in that it takes a lot of practice and guidance. scroll down and you will see a section called ‘Keyboard shortcuts’. scroll down to the ‘Personal level indicators’ section. Google Tips & Tricks 23 . 2 Click on ‘Show indicators’. As there are so many to learn.WorldMags. including message composition and inbox management. Click on Save Changes at the bottom of the screen.net Tips ✓ Use the Gmail shortcuts Motor through your inbox with these handy shortcuts Wherever there are computer systems.
You can now click on your label in the menu and customise it. head to Settings>Accounts and then click ‘Change password’. we will guide you through the whole process of creating and applying labels. Gmail Create and apply labels 1: Click on More 2: Create new label 3: Name label 4: Manage label In your main Gmail interface. If you are worried that your password may have been stored on that other computer. Scroll down to the bottom of your inbox and click Details.net Google+. All of your account activity will be shown in a list. and you’ll soon come to appreciate how useful they can be. At the top of the window you will see the option to ‘Sign out all other sessions’. look at the column on the left-hand side and then scroll down to click on the More option at the bottom. labels do the same job as folders but with one major advantage: you can add more than one label to a message. From here you can click on their drop-down arrows to change aspects of them and adjust the settings. Drag the grey divider down if it is in the way. You will now be invited to enter a name for your label and determine where it will reside in the menu. so you can see when and where you have logged in and see if previous sessions are still open. family. 24 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Click on this and a message will confirm that you have signed out. Essentially. click on Create. and then you can easily apply your labels to a message by opening it. Creating new labels is a quick and easy process. In this tutorial. Once done. or any category that you want. Now scroll down further and click on the ‘Create new label’ option right at the bottom of the list.Google WorldMags. clicking on the label icon and then selecting your new label. school.net . you can do it remotely. Only you can see your created labels. so whether you mark a message with ‘BFF’ or ‘Read when hell freezes over’. Hangouts. Gmail Sign out remotely 1: Click on Details 2: Monitor activity 3: Sign out 4: Change password If you forget to sign out of Gmail on another computer. and once created they will sit in the sidebar to the left of the Gmail interface. Gmail and Photos Start labelling emails How to create and manage a new Gmail label The labels feature is a useful aspect of Gmail that helps you to organise your message into categories – such as work. the sender will never know. You can add emails to the label by clicking the label icon while reading through one. sport.
To get around this you can open the image in Photos. When the image is open. but you can click the ‘X’ to cancel that before sharing. you will be then be asked to type in the name of that person. You can click on the Share icon to pass the images on. In the following tutorial we will guide you through the process of tagging the people in your pictures. or else press Escape to cancel. Once you have tagged people in your pictures. As we have explored. their identity will be revealed. WorldMags. 3 You can type your own personal comment and add in the recipients.WorldMags. Select the picture that you want to tag. these can be easily uploaded to your Google account and be manageable through Google’s Photos service. click on the ‘Tag people’ option at the top and then click on all of the faces shown in the image and assign a tag to each one.net Tips ✓ Tag people inside Photos Identify the people in your pics and share with them As it is so easy to take photographs on our mobile phones these days. 1: Open a picture 2: Click ‘Tag people’ Go to Google Photos. What’s more. you can then go about sharing the image with the people in question to keep an online scrapbook for all of your merry adventures. we soon build up massive albums of digital images.net 2 When the image is displayed in the main window. then navigate to the picture that you would like to share with other Google users. However. either through the black Google bar at the top or the sidebar in Google+. Now. Sharing your photos with other users Start distributing your images via Google Photos Photos Give someone a tag 1 Go to Google Photos to see all of your uploaded images and albums. and then press Enter to assign the tag and complete the process. 3: Enter names 4: Easy recognition After clicking on a face. click on Done. ending up with tons of pictures can lead to the problem in that you may not always be able to remember who is featured in them. By default it will be set to ‘Public’. Google Photos is smart enough to recognise faces across images and will handily tag the same person in multiple images for you. These tags will then be viewable every time you run your cursor over a face in the image. and all of your uploaded images and albums will be displayed. click on the ‘Tag people’ option at the top of the image and you will then be invited to click on the face of someone in the picture. Once you have tagged everyone. click on the Share option at the top of the screen and a new floating window will appear on your screen. Do so. whenever you hover your cursor over a person. Do so. Google Tips & Tricks 25 .
click on the Update button. Modern living often means that many of us have to make do with accommodation that is too small for our needs. including offers from Google Play and notifications when developers reply to reviews you’ve posted.net . You can then explore further by searching for individual items. The Email Preferences allow you to sign up for newsletters. Each section of the Google Play store is packed full of sections that deliver the hottest content quickly so that you can get a taste for what’s popular. music. magazines and Android apps.net Google Play and Accounts Shopping A world of purchasing possibilities is at your fingertips with Google’s online shopping service When you’re a Google customer. So why not download music instead of buying CDs? Why not compile an online library of movies instead of cluttering up the place with DVDs? And why lose premium shelf space to physical books when you can get all of the latest bestsellers to read on your mobile phone? Google Play is an online store that stocks music. You can now see which Android-enabled devices you use. Google Play Update devices and get notifications 1: Go to Settings 2: Update devices 3: Email preferences While on the Google Play website. movies. movies. which means that having truckloads of stuff that takes up space isn’t the best situation. you can download anything you need quickly and easily simply by searching for it. books.Google WorldMags. By setting up a secure payment method. sampling those products before you buy them. and discovering various other cool features tucked away – many of which we will talk about here. books and games are all within easy reach and can be yours in just a single click. When you are done. clicking on it and then downloading it to your computer or Android device. click on the cog icon in the top-right corner of the interface and then choose Settings from the menu. If one of your devices isn’t named correctly. Tick the boxes as applicable. 26 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. click on the Edit button next to the device in question and then type the new name into the text field.
Once processed. Click on the arrow next to the section header and this will display ‘Payment options’ – click on this. you’ll be able to access the Dashboard to review and edit any details that relate to any of the Google services that you use. it does require you to explore an area of Google that you may not be fully au fait with. To add a new payment method. film or book is right on hand for you to buy in an instant. When you’re on the Accounts page. click on the Dashboard link which can be found under the Account section in the left-hand column. films. Redeeming gift codes inside Google Play Enter the code to top-up your account balance Accounts Set up a new payment method 1 If you’ve received a Google Play gift card then. show you how to update your payment details. You will access this screen for many purposes – which are explained in this book – but to get there. Google Tips & Tricks 27 .net 2 Enter the gift card or promo code into the space provided. books or apps for your desktop or Android device. simply ensure that you are logged into your Google account and then click on your profile picture in the top-right corner of the screen. To make purchases.net Tips ✓ Add payment details How to assign payment cards to your Google account The Google Play store is a sprawling warehouse of virtual products – pretty much any album. click on the ‘Add a credit or debit card’ button at the top of the screen and then fill in the details. the funds will be instantly credited to your account for use in the store. click on the ‘Redeem gift card’ link underneath the main shop categories. it will be displayed here.WorldMags. 3 You can now continue to shop inside the Play store and spend your virtual cash on music. 1: Go to accounts page 2: Go to Dashboard From the Google Play store. Although this process isn’t perhaps as easy to fathom as you would think. you will first need to tether a payment method to your account so that you can then buy and download what you want with a single click. to go to your main Accounts page. on the main Google Play home screen. All of the Google services that you use will now be listed. WorldMags. 3: Go to Wallet/Checkout 4: Add a card Scroll down the list and eventually you will come to a section called ‘Wallet/Checkout’. if you wish to add a new credit or debit card or simply edit the details of an existing one. namely your Accounts screen. In this tutorial we’ll guide you through the process of assigning a payment method to your Google account or. Once on the Accounts screen. If you already have a payment in place. click on your profile picture in the top-right corner of the interface and then click on the Account link in the box that appears.
WorldMags. In the track listing you will notice that one of the songs is free to download. just click on Genres and then pick a style from the menu. 28 Google Tips & Tricks The tabs at the top let you explore music by genre. music that is similar to the tuneage already in your collection and more. That column will then give you the option to switch between the shop and your collection. which you can click. You will also find a link for a free weekly song.Google WorldMags. we would like to guide you around the interface so that you know what is where. . new stuff.net If you scroll down the page then you will discover that it is rammed full of sections.net Google Play and Accounts Get free music Get to know the Music store for free downloads The Music wing of the Google Play store has come on in leaps and bounds in recent times and is now jostling with iTunes as the world’s premier online music store. download for free and then get a taste of the rest of the respective artist’s album. click on the Music section in the left-hand column and you’ll be taken to the Music page. You can either listen to it straight from this window or click on ‘My music’ in the left-hand column to hear it later. suggestions based on your existing music collection and cheap music. Another of the sections that you can scroll down to is called ‘Free Song of the Week’ and provides a link to a free download. first and foremost. there is a lot going on there. Play Music Find out where the freebies are 1: Click on Music 2: Using the tabs 3: Scroll through sections 4: Get free music 5: Download the freebie 6: Listen and enjoy In the Play store. So. Click on this track and a payment window will appear requiring the grand sum of zilch. Click on this to be taken through to the track’s related album. To pick a genre. including recommendations. Click on the Buy button. Certain features are accessible from the menu to the left or the tabs at the top of the window. check out the latest charts and sample all of the new releases. but generally if you scroll down the main page you’ll see a wide range of sections that relate to new releases. You will receive a message informing you that the track has been added to your library. As such.
Share your tracks
Find out how to share top tunes with your mates through Google+
One of the major advantages that Google
has over its rivals is that everything is neatly
integrated into one service. We have already
explored how to navigate the Music store easily.
Well, now we show you how to share your
favourite tunes with your friends. If you have a
Google+ account, sharing music with your friends
really couldn’t be easier, and your friends will be
able to play back the entire song and then choose
to buy it themselves if they like what they hear.
The one limitation to this service is that you can
only do it with music that you have purchased
through the Google Play store or uploaded
through its Music Manager. However, as you get
to grips with the store, you’ll realise what a fast
and efficient service it is for acquiring music and
enabling access to your collection from anywhere.
In this tutorial we will guide you through the
process and also demonstrate how to share entire
albums over the Google+ social networking
service. Let the music sharing begin…
Play Music Send a friend a song
1: Go to ‘My music’
From the Google Play Music store,
click on the ‘My music’ option from
the column on the left and this will
take you to your music collection,
which includes music that you
have uploaded and music you have
purchased from the Google Play
store. Navigate to a track.
2: Share song
Now you can either right-click on
the name of the song to bring up a
full menu of options. From there you
can click on ‘Share song (full play)’ or
‘Share YouTube video’. You can also
access these options by clicking on
the options button (a vertical threedot line) of a track or album.
3: Your share window
A Google+ window will now appear,
into which you can type a comment
in the space provided and display
what the recipients will receive. This
includes options to listen once for
free or buy the song themselves from
the Google Play store. Add recipients
into the ‘To’ field.
4: Share with your circles
By default, the ‘To’ field will be
addressed to ‘Public’, which means
that everyone will see the share. You
can delete this by clicking on the
‘X’ and then enter individual email
addresses, individuals from your
circles or entire circles. When you are
ready, click on the Share button.
Sharing whole albums
See which messages were sent straight to you, and you alone
While inside Google Play Music, click on ‘My
music’ over in the left-hand column to be
taken through to your library of uploaded
albums and any music purchased from the
Google Play store.
Select the album you wish to share, then
right-click on it to bring up a menu of
options. Alternatively, hover your mouse over
the album artwork and then click on the small
menu icon that appears.
Select the ‘Share album’ option from the
menu and then the Google+ window will
appear, into which you can enter personal
comments and select with whom you would
like to share the album.
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Google Play and Accounts
Shop for and
manage your apps
Navigate the Apps store and manage downloads
Originally known as the Android Market, launched by Google in 2008, the
Android operating system’s main app store was subsequently transformed
into a part of the Google Play store – alongside Music, Movies (and TV),
Books and Magazines. The Google Play Apps area is packed full of categories
to explore, and if you’re looking for a particular app then you can search for
it quickly and easily using the integrated search engine. Buying apps is just as
straightforward as purchasing any other media through Google Play: one click
and your app will start downloading. You can either download apps
to your desktop and transfer them to your mobile device,
or you can simply access Google Play on your
Android device and then download and
install the app on the fly.
Play Apps Navigate the Apps store
1: Go to the Apps store
2: Buying new apps
3: Use the tabs
4: Your apps
From the main Google Play home
screen, click on the Apps category
in the menu in the left column to be
taken to the Apps store.
The Apps store, like Music, is divided
up into sections that are easily
selectable by scrolling up and down
the main screen.
Tabs at the top of the screen allow
you to browse apps by category,,
check out what’s hot in the charts
and see what’s new.
Click on the ‘My apps’ category from
the left-hand column and you’ll be
able to get a rundown of all of the
Android apps you have installed.
Accounts Check your registered devices on the Dashboard
1: Go to Accounts screen
2: Click on Dashboard
3: Click on Android
4: Check devices
Click on your profile picture in the
top-right corner of the screen and
then click on the Account link to go
to the Accounts page.
When on the Accounts page, you
should see a menu over to the left.
Click on the Dashboard option listed
under Accounts in this menu.
Scroll down through your Dashboard
options and you will see a category
called Android. Click on the arrow just
to the left of it.
All of the Android devices that are
currently registered to your Google
account will now be listed, as well as
their respective backup files.
30 Google Tips & Tricks
Master Google Books
Make sure you’re getting the most out of the Books store
As well as its App and Music wings, the Google
Play store boasts an ever-swelling book store
which, like the other sections, is packed full of
features. To begin with, by clicking on the Books
section in the left column while on the main
Google Play homepage, you’ll be jetted straight
to the book wing, where you can scroll down
the screen to discover a plethora of books in a
range of sections. Use the tabs to check out the
current bestsellers and the new arrivals, and enter
keywords, such as ‘Free books’, into the search
engine to browse some literary bargains.
If you then click on ‘My books’, you will get
a rundown of all of the books that you have
downloaded on your account. These books will be
accessible from the desktop library or via the Play
Books app on your Android device.
You can also browse your books by sections
such as Purchases, Samples and Uploads – which
brings us nicely onto a very cool feature of Books:
the option to upload your own documents which
you will then be able to access from anywhere,
from any device. In the following tutorial we’ll show
you how it’s done.
Google allows you to try
before you buy
Play Books Upload your documents to Play Books
Navigate the Books store and then,
when you find a book that you would
like to sample, click on its cover to open up
the respective book’s main info page.
1: Click on ‘My books’
2: Click on ‘Upload files’
From the main Books section of the Google Play
store, you’ll see a column on the left-hand side of
the screen; in it is an option called ‘My books’. Click
on this to access your collection.
In the top-right corner of the screen will be a blue
button labelled ‘Upload files’. Click on this and a
new window will appear that will invite you to drag
your files into the space provided.
3: Select files
4: Access your document
You can now either drag files from your desktop
into the large space provided, or click on the ‘Select
files from your computer’ option and then navigate
through your computer to locate and select a file.
You’ll now be able to click on the Uploads section
of your library (from the left column) and open up
your uploaded PDF or ePub files within the Books
interface. You can also access them on your mobile.
In the main window will be the various
purchasing options, including a ‘Free
sample’ option. Click on this and a small
portion of the book will be downloaded.
You can now open the sample in the
Books interface to read on your desktop
or mobile device. When reading, you’ll be
given the option to buy the whole book.
Google Tips & Tricks 31
News, Alerts and Currents
Getting the stories that matter most to you delivered quickly and efficiently by Google News
How often do you catch the headlines at
the start of a major daily news bulletin,
only to find that the story you were
interested in is crudely tacked onto the
end after you have endured half an
hour of stories that don’t matter to you?
Google News eradicates this problem
by only delivering the news that you are
interested in. In fact, your news content is
devised through various means, including
your region and previous stories that you
have clicked on. The more you use Google
News, the better it gets at narrowing down
your content and ensuring that superfluous
stories are nowhere to be found.
In developing its News service, Google
has strived to get the balance right
between its algorithmic search efficiency
and the needs of its publishing partners
to push the hottest news to the forefront
– and Editor’s Picks is a good example
of obtaining this balance. Situated in the
right-hand toolbar on your main Google
News page, Editor’s Picks allows you to flick
through a range of around ten different
news sources and then get the hottest
stories from each source delivered in a list.
In the following tutorial we will guide you
through the process of exploring Editor’s
Picks in order to get the best that each
news source has to offer.
News Check out the Editors’ Picks section
1: Go to Google News
Access your main Google News page and scroll
down the sidebar on the right of the interface
to see a section called Editor’s Picks. Click on the
arrows to scroll through the various sources.
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2: The best bits
Depending on your location, you can click through
around ten different news sources using the arrows,
and then the best articles from the respective
source will be listed underneath for you to click on.
3: Determine the frequency
You can use the slider underneath each publication
source to determine how often it shows up in your
feed. Simply click on the slider and then drag it left
or right to change the frequency.
Click on the ‘Change location’ link next to the location. Click on the Settings link. 3 On the source settings page you will see a section called Sources. based on the location you enter. So you can constantly stay abreast of local news without having to lift a finger to physically find it out. click on ‘Save changes’ and you will be provided with more news stories that stem from further afield than your previous location news stream. so you will always know exactly what is going on. However. Google Tips & Tricks 33 . Once the right sidebar is up. no matter where you are. Fine-tuning sources to get pure news Receive less press release and blog material News Widen your local news search 1 To reduce the amount of press releases and blog posts in your news feeds. Google News will provide a wider range of headlines based on its sourcing – and best of all. Here we guide you through the process of accessing and then setting up this useful feature to help ensure that no local news passes you by. 3: Click new option 4: Save changes As well as changing your current location.net 2 Scroll down to the Adjust Sources area. This lists all your preselected news sources – the ones providing content for your news feed. scroll down and you will see your current location displayed along with the local news headlines underneath. In the sidebar over to the right.WorldMags. you can tick the box that says ‘Automatically determine my geographic area’ to widen the net of local news and deliver news automatically wherever you are. by clicking on the ‘Change location’ link you will see an option called ‘Automatically determine my geographic area’ with a checkbox to tick. if you’re only using a town name to personalise this part of the news then you’re potentially missing out on an even wider range of news stories. After you have ticked the option box. 1: Check your sidebar 2: Click on ‘Change location’ While logged into Google News. all of the local news stories will be presented in a list underneath your chosen location. activate the sidebar over to the right (if it isn’t activated by default. When you activate this feature. WorldMags.net Tips ✓ Stay abreast of local news Get the latest local headlines delivered through Google News Google News can provide all of the latest headlines for the area you are currently residing in. start by clicking the cog icon in the top-right corner to bring up your News Settings. However. you will automatically see all of the news for that area listed. click on the arrow icon to the far-right of the Top Stories bar at the top of the page). Click on the ‘Fewer’ or ‘None’ options for Blogs and Press Releases. then click on ‘Save changes’. if you then log into Google News in a different location.
net . 34 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Or. Getting started is easy: you just go to www. This is ideal for your business or personal name as you will receive alerts when the words appear together. If you put a ‘+’ in front of your alert. When entering your keywords.co. for example.google.com’ will return results for David Beckham but exclude the Twitter site. Google Alerts can be an effective means of tracking a product in your sector or for seeing what people are saying about you or your product online. thereby refining your alerts. You can then determine how often you receive your alerts and to which email address. ‘Wiltshire -Trowbridge’ – so you can search for some things and exclude other associated things. which could be blogbased. Used well. use a ‘-’ symbol.uk “david beckham”’. You can specify the type of content that you receive. 4: Exclude words with a minus 5: Single site searches 6: Exclude on sites Exclude certain words from the search by putting a ‘–’ symbol in front of the word – for example. So ‘“david beckham” -site:twitter. Here we provide some handy hints for getting the most out of this service. etc. bakery. this will avoid synonyms and variations in spelling. You can utilise the site operator option to search specific sites for your target phrases.net News. do so by putting them in quotes – for example.com/alerts and then enter keyword phrases that relate to the stuff you want to receive info on. news. For example. Alerts and Currents Use Google Alerts more effectively Smart tips for tweaking Google’s timely nudges Google Alerts is a great way to get focused email alerts about pretty much any topic. if you type ‘+bake’ you will avoid alerts for baker. The results will be any mention of David Beckham on the BBC website. if you want to search for something while excluding a certain site. videos discussion groups or everything. Alerts Add operators to your Alerts settings 1: Ditch the ‘www’ 2: Use quotations 3: Put in a plus sign If you are setting up an alert for your website then lose the ‘www’ from the URL. ‘site:bbc. baking. as this will help you find out who is linking to and taking advantage of your website.Google WorldMags. “Team GB”.
Produce your own Currents magazine
Learn how to set up your own stream of Google Currents content
Google Currents is an app for smartphones
and tablets, running either Android or iOS, that
allows you to consume content offline quickly
and easily. You can obtain a wide range of existing
Currents from established sources or you can start
publishing your own content, which is surprisingly
easy. The main advantage that Currents has over
conventional RSS readers is that you can pull
content from all sorts of different sources, such as
a Twitter feed or website, and present it to your
readers in one neatly packaged application.
To start creating your own Currents content you
will need a Google account, and also be running
the Chrome web browser. Now just head to the
www.google.com/producer page and you can
start producing your own digital magazine.
In this tutorial we will help you get started
creating your own Google Currents content, but be
sure to take time to fully explore the Producer page
and the many options and features that are on
show to help you develop your content further.
Currents Create your own Current
1: Go to website
2: Create a new addition
3: Adding sections
4: Create a Current
While in Google Chrome (essential),
go to www.google.com/producer
and then you will see a rather large
‘Get started’ button. Click on this and
then read and absorb the publisher
agreement. When you are ready,
tick the box and then click on the
A window will now appear in which
you can give your Current a name
and add in any additional RSS feeds
or YouTube channels. The next screen
really lets you go to town with your
content, so factor in as much info
as you want and then click on the
Sections link in the left column.
This is where the real magic happens.
Here you can add all of your content,
from RSS feeds to social updates. If
you have a blog with an RSS feed
that you want to publish to Google
Currents, click on Feed and then enter
a name, followed by the web address
of the feed.
The last option, ‘Feed options’, lets
you configure how Google Currents
grabs your feed content. If you
publish a full feed, the first option
will be fine. If you only publish a
partial feed, pick the second option,
‘Generate articles from source url’.
Once it’s all filled in, hit Create!
Adding YouTube content to Currents
Incorporate your favourite channels into your Currents
To get started you’ll first need to make sure
that you’ve got a YouTube account up and
running, a channel set up and at least one
video inside it. After you’ve checked these off
your list, head to www.google.com/producer.
Either create a new Current (see the above
tutorial) or carry on with an existing one.
Next, click on Sections and then the ‘Add new
section’ button. Select ‘Video channel’, name it,
then paste in your YouTube channel’s URL.
Once you’ve done that, the live preview on
the right-hand side will update with the
videos inside your YouTube channel. You’ll also
see a bunch of options for controlling the
layout and style of your video content.
Google Tips & Tricks 35
News, Alerts and Currents
Explore the settings
in your Currents app
Make Currents work better for you
Google Currents is a fantastic way of getting bulletins delivered straight
to your phone that consist only of the news you want to read. These are
then made available for offline access, so you can read them whenever and
wherever you want. Setting up new subscriptions is easy as there are plenty of
suggestions and, of course, the option to search for whatever content you want.
But if you really want to get the app firing on all cylinders on your behalf then
it is worth exploring the app settings and ticking the boxes that best suit your
situation. We will guide you through the key factors to take into account here.
We will also show you how to save stories so that you can read them later at
your own convenience, as well as how to delete them once you have had the
chance to catch up on your Currents.
Currents Set up Google Currents
1: Go to Settings
2: Hide read articles
3: Set sync options
4: Pin images
While in the Google Currents app,
tap on the menu icon in the topright corner of the interface and then
choose the Settings option.
Scroll down the list of settings and be
sure to activate the option to ‘Hide
articles I’ve already read’ to save time
and space on your device.
It is a good idea to enable Currents
to sync over Wi-Fi only, to avoid
incurring any additional data roaming
charges when you’re out and about.
You can pin images for offline
reading by going back to the
main screen and then tapping on
Customise under your Feeds list.
Currents Save articles for later
1: Open an article
2: Tap menu
3: Save for later
4: Your saved articles
From your Google Currents interface,
open up the article that you would
like to save to read later by tapping
on it in the list.
Now tap on the menu icon in the
lower-left corner followed by the
menu icon in the top-right corner of
From the top-right menu, choose the
Save For Later option and then return
to the main menu, scroll down and
All your saved articles will be stored
in this section. To delete one, open it
here, then go to the top-right menu
and choose Remove From Saved.
36 Google Tips & Tricks
Keep your news impersonal
Switch Google News styles to ignore your reading history
As we have already explored, Google News is
a fantastic means of delivering insightful news
stories that matter to you in a style of your
choosing (a drop-down menu at the top of the
screen allows you to choose between Modern,
Headlines, Compact and Classic).
But did you know that Google News
automatically adds some section to your News
front page based on how often you have clicked
on certain articles in the past? Indeed, this can
prove beneficial and slightly unnerving. If you
want to seize back control of what you see in your
news page and stop things from being so personal
then you can click on the Standard Edition link
(which is specific to your region) at the bottom of
the Google News homepage. This will not delete
any of your News settings or Web History and will
switch you to a non-personalised version of Google
News for the duration of your current session.
If you later find that you wish to reverse this
option then simply scroll down and click on
Personalised Edition to revert things back to how
they were. We’ll guide you through the process in
Read the top stories in
every country in the world
News Switch to a standard news feed
At the top of the News homepage is a
drop-down menu that is set to your
region by default. Click on this menu to
display a long list of alternative regions.
1: Scroll down news
2: Switch editions
From your main, personalised Google News page,
scroll down to the very bottom and you will see
two options – Standard Edition and Personalised
Edition. The latter will be blacked out as it is in use.
Click on Standard Edition and your news will be
standardised and not personalised to your stated
tastes and based on the articles you have previously
read. It will remain such until you end your session.
3: Reversing the process
4: Find out more
If you find later on that you prefer the personal
touch then you can reverse the process quickly and
easily by scrolling down the page and then clicking
on the Personalised Edition link.
You can read up on this feature, and many more
Google News-related features that you may not
know about, by clicking on the ‘Learn more’ link
next to the Personalised Edition link.
Scroll down the list, click an alternative
region and your News homepage will
instantly change to reflect the essential
news stories based on the region selected.
This is a good way to see the key stories
from countries around the world, but a
lot of the news sites will be in foreign
languages, so you may need to translate.
Google Tips & Tricks 37
Maps, Earth and Sky Map
Use Google Maps, Earth and Sky Map to explore the world around you – and beyond
Google is a search engine giant, but it is
not only concerned with helping you to
discover what is available on the world
wide web or what is contained within
your emails. It wants you to discover things
in the real world, work out how to get there
and find out more about them when you
do. It wants you to explore outer space too,
and get a general understanding of Earth
along with the other planets and moons in
our solar system.
And it keeps improving. Google has
rolled out a new Maps app for Android
and it has recently revamped its desktop
offering. Both combine to help you get
more than just simple maps, and they
draw on a social element with reviews,
photographs and tours that all combine
to provide a full, deep and enriched
picture of a local area. In fact, you can
often see and appreciate more when
you are using Google’s services than you
would if you were actually out there in the
Over the course of the next few pages
and in our tutorials, we will be exploring
all of the various options in much greater
depth so that, by the end of this piece, you’ll
not only have a flavour of what you can do
with the mapping services, but you will be
using them yourself to their full potential.
Maps View mobile maps offline
1: Find a map area
2: Tap the search bar
3: Saving the map to cache
When you open Google Maps, find an area that you
want to be able to view offline at a later time. Use
your fingers to navigate the map until the screen
shows the part that you need.
When you are satisfied, tap the search bar. Scroll
down to the bottom of the screen or remove the
keyboard and you will see an option that states
‘Make this map area available offline’.
The Google Maps app will then preload the map
into the cache so you can view it later. When you
navigate to the section you have saved, you will be
able to explore it as if you were online.
38 Google Tips & Tricks
plus a thumbnail of what you will see. This means you are able to pan around the landscape.net Tips ✓ Explore using Street View Wander around an area and see it from eye level Google’s Street View is a brilliant way to be able to explore the surroundings of an area in the way that it should be seen – in real-life 3D from the perspective of you walking around it. The thumbnail shows you what you will see. you are able to pan around the area and see more of it. It really is a great way to do some virtual sightseeing. A box appears on the screen which aids this movement. not on the road). it remains a solid resource. When you click on a road on the map. By using your mouse. But it is a brilliant way of understanding an area before you visit it. Although some of the images are not completely up to date. Now you just have to click on a road and the option for Street View. which you can click to see them from a pedestrian viewpoint. 3 Do you need to know the name of the road that you are on? When you zoom out a little using the mouse.WorldMags.net 2 A white box appears on the screen when you are in the main area of the view (that is. 3: Select Street View 4: Move around the area Click on the Street View icon. The old benefits and ways of moving around remain. WorldMags. This means you can move forward on the map as if you are walking or driving along. as well as an option for Street View. You can use the search box in the top lefthand corner or you can manually zoom in and pan around until you find it. you can usually see the name overlaid on the road. On the old version. a box appears in the top-left corner of the screen. there was a little yellow man that you would drag into the main map. will appear. You may well have heard of this feature since it has proven to be controversial – privacy-rights groups objected to Google driving around areas and taking images for the service. Things have changed slightly with the new Google Maps that has been rolled out. At the bottom of the screen you will see some local landmarks. however. and this makes for more precise viewing. 1: Navigate to area 2: Click on a road Find the part of the map that you want to walk around. Arrows appear on the ground so you can change direction. Understanding the Street View navigation icons Discover what the various Street View graphics do Maps Get a pedestrian perspective of an area 1 When you hover the mouse over a road surface. You will certainly find a good use for the service. Google Tips & Tricks 39 . and you can still zoom in and out of objects and explore without ever worrying about your feet getting tired. It shows the actual address you are looking at. an arrow in a circle will appear.
and these will help you to build up a picture. Instead of having to search for coffee shops and restaurants. bars and so much more. Click on any one of these icons and a small pop-up box will appear. The star will change colour to yellow. coffee shops. All you have to do is click on them to begin engaging with them and to find out more. you can go straight to Street View or see photographs. If you want to find out even more. you can see them instantly displayed on the map. All you have to do is click on the Save icon within the pop-up window.net .net Maps. then simply double-click on the icon and a larger box will appear. It will tell you the name of the place together with a rating. people take photos of food and drink too. You can quickly find out how to get to its destination and you can also save it for later. Earth and Sky Map Find facilities and read reviews See how good the services around you are Google Maps has made it even easier for you to find areas of interest.Google WorldMags. Sometimes. Maps Read reviews and explore 1: Go into the Map view 2: Instant analysis of a service 3: Discover even more Ensure you are in the Map view as opposed to Satellite and you will see loads of icons dotted around the surrounding streets showing restaurants. This will give you a Street View option and there may also be some photos. 40 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Maps will then seek the easiest route for you to follow and display it on the map. you can input where you are travelling from. New information cards display more about a business. a new window will open and you will be taken to Google+. 4: Get directions to building 5: Save a favourite location 6: Read lots of reviews If you tap Directions in the pop-up window. price indicator and reviews. By clicking on the review link. if there are any. This will show you any reviews that have been written. giving you reviews and ratings. You can also save the location if you wish to flag it up for later. for instance. which can be very useful. If you want to see more. You can upload your own images here too.
Earth Bring up borders and labels 1: Viewing the map 2: International borders 3: Add country names 4: Populated places Here we can see a plain map in Google Earth. As well as this. Simply click on the respective boxes for each of these under Layers.net 3 By clicking on the Gallery option within Google Earth. 2 If you are interested in discovering the weather for a certain part of the world. Not only can you see a border. The more you play around with the layers and labels. By default all of these are turned on. but we have turned them all off for illustrative purposes. or the names of places and countries. There is another layer called Labels that shows you the names of populated places (for example. you can see first-level admin borders and regions. This gives a panoramic shot of various locations and you can see where they are by the 360 icon. say. A solid red one shows a disputed boundary that may even involve hostilities. first-level admin borders. you can also view disputed boundaries. If you look in the bottom left-hand box. the former being defined by a treaty and the latter still pending a formal agreement. These show you populated areas. You can also see treaty and provisional borders. You can continue to add more layers for coastlines. you can simply add the weather layer to your map view. the more you begin to learn about not only the geographical landscapes or places but also the political aspects and it builds up into a much more rounded vision of Earth. The layer for Country Names includes the names of countries on a map. and there are labels too. Here we see it is subject to the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement of 1995. for example the West Bank. Google Tips & Tricks 41 . first-level admin names and secondlevel admin regions. a balloon shows the current status. and work your way around the coastlines. You can also view islands.net Tips ✓ View extra layers in Google Earth See extra information. however. A solid yellow boundary is not disputed by neighbouring countries.WorldMags. give alternative place names and show you bodies of water. Getting more from the layers in Earth Find out how to learn even more about countries 1 When you click on the name of a disputed territory. geographical features and bodies of water. They include Borders and Labels. Click the international borders layer and you’ll see their current political state. The layers mean you can strip maps of items you don’t want and include those that you do. here we can see Tel Aviv). A solid orange one shows a treaty or provisional boundary. where states may be in disagreement over what is owned by which country. you will see the Layers options. from borders to names and coastlines The layers option adds a whole new dimension to Google Earth’s maps. view major landmarks and items of interest. It lets you clearly see a country’s border. There is a lot to discover. WorldMags. you can view the 360 Cities option. Simply tick the box next to Weather under Layers in order to view this.
You can even watch rare footage of the Apollo missions. Look in the Layers box on the left and you can start to play around with the Guided Tours. Red boxes offer extra information about sites of interest. Sky Map Set a specific location 1: Location Settings 2: Always use GPS 3: Place names 4: Latitude and longitude In Google’s Sky Map on an Android device. Now tap on Location Settings to access this submenu. so that you get a more precise marker of your location. Clicking one will show you the different human artifacts put on the Moon by different countries. and experience the Moon as if you’d landed there. It is also possible to specify a specific location. Earth and Sky Map Wander around on the Moon Is it really made of cheese? You’ll soon find out There was a time when we didn’t know much about our own moon.net . Tap the options within the settings and input the numbers before pressing OK. we know more about the rocky satellite orbiting the Earth than ever before. You can pinpoint a location via its latitude and longitude. Earth See satellite images of the Moon 1: Find the Moon 2: The red boxes 3: Take a tour 4: USSR v USA Click on the planet icon in the top bar and select the Moon. Tick the box for ‘Set location manually’ and then tap on ‘Place name’. 42 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. With Google Earth. The space race is shown in detail by a series of flags. Here we can see an image and explanation of the Sulpicius Gallus Formation. you can explore its surface. You will be able to see the footprints the astronauts left. There are 360-degree panoramas and 3D models of rovers and landers to look at and admire. read up on the Moon’s make-up and gain a better understanding of the politics behind the incredible race to get there. There are two: one for Apollo 11 and another for Apollo 17.net Maps. Input a location. You may want the app to always use GPS. You’ll be able to view a satellite image of the Moon and now you can start to explore it. giving you a clear insight from those who know the Moon best. but almost 45 years after Neil Armstrong set foot on it.Google WorldMags. even if a network location is available. tap Menu and then go to Settings. There are tours of the lunar landing sites and they are narrated by Apollo astronauts.
Click on the hand to move around or click the draw button to draw lines or other shapes as desired. 3: Edit or delete 4: Using the locations As you type. Now when we are searching for directions. 1: Set home location 2: Inputting the location There’s an option in Google Maps. which means you are able to quickly access them by typing Home or Work into the directions feature or the search engine. these settings will be available to you – and others will be able to see them when they view your card within the app. for example. You may also need directions from work. we can simply type in ‘Home’ and it will instantly call up our default location. a list of suggestions will appear and you can simply click on one of those. WorldMags. without having to fiddle around with complicated addresses. just click Save and that will then become the default. you do not necessarily want Google Maps to start from the place where you are now. you can create your own map by clicking the red Create Map button in the sidebar. Maps are layered.net 2 The drawing tools are just under the search box. When you use Google Maps on Android too. be away from home but still want to be able to get directions from your house.WorldMags. Creating custom maps inside Google Maps Customise. When you have finished. and you will be able to share them with others when you are finished. Google Tips & Tricks 43 . Click on the link for either the work or home location and then type in the address that you wish to set. mark and draw on a map of your own Maps Set a home and work location 1 When in My Places. Of course. The maps are auto-saved. The main thing is that Google Maps suddenly understands your two most important locations and can work with them for your benefit. right up at the top of the left-hand sidebar. for example. so you can add as many as you want. you don’t have to stick with Home or Work. 3 Click on the marker icon to add a description to your line. that takes you to My Places. You may. You are also able to delete or edit a location by clicking the downward-facing arrows. The My Places option in Google maps lets you set your home and your work location. Google will then use it as a start or end point. This shows where you have been.net Tips ✓ Set home and work locations Access your main locations quickly in searches When you are searching for a destination or a location. You may want to set somewhere else as a location and use Home or Work for that purpose instead. They are relatively new settings and we do wonder why they were not implemented in the app much sooner. but it also lets you set home and work locations.
They can be edited or deleted and you can also choose to have alerts sent as text only. where you will see a page asking you to add information. as with everything. You should now check each field and choose what type of result you want to see and also how often you want to be notified. Each service is designed to be easy to use and in many cases little instruction is required.google. you will see them listed in a simple page. and together they create an ecosystem of solutions that can transform your life and end up saving you a lot of valuable time every day.net Alerts. But. the advantages only increase and with Google every area is covered with aplomb. Think about what you need to know and input it into the top field. has created a selection of services that offer almost everything you need if you are prepared to learn how they all work. for mobile devices. Google. If it is accurate and complete as well. depending on their exact needs. Results will appear immediately. however. some useful tips and guides will help speed up the process. Information is key to the way we live today and having access to as much of it as possible in an instant will offer many advantages. Select ‘Only the best results’ to keep the alerts manageable. 44 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags.com/alerts. As you activate each alert. advanced searching and use of these informational tools when mobile are also included. Chrome and more Information A world of information is now available to you thanks to the many sophisticated Google services Information is a word that means many things to different people. and open your eyes to what is possible with a group of services that are all free and extremely well implemented. Alerts Create email alerts for any topic 1: Search for anything 2: Set up your alert 3: Activate your new alert Go to www.Google WorldMags. Search. In this section.net . we have tutorials which will show you how to communicate in multiple languages. how to view your entire web history and how to research information using the most focused tools available. Discounted goods and services. Goggles.
The camera is used on a smartphone to capture an image of the object and this information is immediately sent to Google’s servers. Tweaking the search settings to your needs Changing the settings can save you hours Goggles Understand the world around you in an instant 1 From the Google homepage. If there is information within Google and it is recognised. click Location on the left and enter your current town or postcode.WorldMags. The future is already here. 3: Capture any object in sight 4: So much hidden detail Everything from biscuit tins to ornaments to pages from a book can be captured in Google Goggles and most times it will offer a positive search result at the bottom of the screen. but you really can use your smartphone to get information from any object that is within your eyeline. You may be surprised at just how much information is available on the most unusual of objects. but if you think about it logically then the uses are almost unlimited. Tap the capture button at the bottom of the screen and let the app do its work. You should be given all of the information you need. you will be rewarded with lots of information. Google Tips & Tricks 45 . and choose if you want results to open in a new browser window. WorldMags. find an object or poster to photograph and open up Google Goggles. click Settings (bottom-right) to access your settings. web history and more.net Tips ✓ Get info from photos Use Google Goggles to find more information on any object It might sound like science fiction. capture it in the blink of an eye and know everything you need to know about it in seconds. but it helps a lot in a variety of searches. and so it makes sense to be able to take advantage of such a service when out and about without the need for data input and fiddling around with tiny keyboards. This will not be obvious. You may be curious as to how such a service could be useful.net 2 In the Settings screen. the opportunities for Google Goggles to benefit you go on and on. Tap the result at the bottom of the screen to be taken to a standard Google search page showing results in various categories. and it’s time to use it. where some clever analysis will attempt to identify it and then present back a selection of detailed results. We don’t live our lives in front of a computer screen. From snapping a movie poster to find cinema show times and the cast through to photographing a product in a high-street shop to check up on the best deals. 3 You should also check the other options like Google Instant. You can also access the advanced search here. You can now look at any object. which will predict results as you type. 1: Find something to capture 2: Varied and useful results No matter what it is.
’jaguar size -car’ will remove all results that include any mention of cars in them.net . It works for all numbers. For example. These simple terms let you specify individual criteria for each search and when used they really do make a difference..co. Make sure you use quotations as well for wellknown phrases or lyrics. Goggles.000. Despite Google being deadly accurate and very quick. If you use quotation marks.uk’ will only bring back results for that term within the BBC site. 46 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Here we will show you the most useful operators to use and it is likely that once you use them they will become a familiar feature of your online searching. You can choose to search within a site or within specified ranges to narrow down the results and you can take these terms as far as you like. there are some ways in which you can speed up your searching even further by using search operators. If you are looking for products within a particular price range. For example “I predict a riot” should return results for the song. Use ‘OR’ to specify that you want to see both sets of results.Google WorldMags. use two dots to specify this. 4: Fill in the blanks 5: Search within a range 6: One or the other You can place a ‘*’ within any phrase to fill in the blanks if you need to know the missing words.net Alerts. just use the URL in your search query.£12. Search. ‘andy murray site:bbc. You can exclude words or sites from your searches by placing a ‘-‘ before the word.000’ will only bring back results in that range. Search Learn to use varied search operators 1: Search within a site 2: Exclude words from search results 3: Find exact phrases To search within a particular website without visiting it. ‘rock OR jazz’. Chrome and more Improve results by using operators Add search operators for more control The vast majority of people use Google Search every day and click through lots of results to find what they are looking for. Sometimes you want to search for two words and need to see results if one or both is mentioned. As an example. you can search for an exact phrase and be much more likely to receive accurate results. for example. For example ‘cars £8.
so the least you can do is ensure you are doing the same for your site visitors.com/mobile/ to see what is available. but to ensure that you are the rightful owner of the website. You are probably used to the ease of use Google Search offers you every day. You will now be presented with some HTML code which needs to be pasted into your site. The first is the basic offering which is free and the second lets you use more powerful features such as extra customisations and more detailed analytics.WorldMags.com/cse/. The custom search engine should now be live on your website. Custom Search Engine Create a personal search facility 1: Where to start 2: Click the button 3: Use the code 4: It’s now live Go to www. For this step-by-step. This is not only used to increase the effectiveness of the search engine. Some will sync across devices automatically.google. It should provide the kind of search facility you will want all of your readers to experience. Google Tips & Tricks 47 .net Tips ✓ Create a search engine Build a custom search engine for your website in minutes The Google Custom Search Engine is a tool that you can use to bring the power of Google to your own website. but even this should work fine if you follow the instructions carefully. Go to www. 2 Your bookmarks will also be synced automatically in both mobile and desktop browsers and kept up to date in real-time. ultimately it is the sheer speed and power of the algorithms behind the Google Custom Search Engine that will make it such a positive addition to your site. your latest searches and visited pages can be displayed in both browsers provided you are logged into your Google account on each. They are always up to date and will be available no matter where you are. There are options available to tweak how the search engine looks and works and therefore you have the ability to match it to your current website design with ease. However. where you will see two options. you can make money from the included advertising which is not too obtrusive. Synchronising your devices Use mobile and desktop Google services in partnership 1 If you use Google Chrome on your desktop PC and your smartphone. we will use the free offering. Click the blue icon to start the process and then enter your web address to specify your site. You should also set a name for the search engine. It gets your information out there in the right way. WorldMags. Now tap Create. so there are few reasons to avoid trying it out. As a bonus.net 3 Many Google information services are also available on mobile devices via apps or webpages.google. At this point the web address will be double-checked and if it is valid you will be taken to the next step. The setup process is fairly straightforward and the only tricky part is placing the required code in the right place. but you can make specific changes to make it fit your current design by selecting the Edit option in the sidebar. Follow the instructions carefully for this part.
net Alerts.com to see a busy page showing breaking news items.com/shopping to see a graphically rich page with a search bar at the top. the more suitable the news stories will be and this is. Click the arrow in the search box at the top to search for news stories containing keywords. Everything from the current weather to news stories that are happening near to you are included and therefore it makes sense to be logged into your Google account while using the service. All available products will be shown. Once you have narrowed down the selection. You can customise the sources and categories and even give weightings to each of them so that your preferences are met perfectly. Search. of course. Shopping Find anything you need and compare prices 1: The main page 2: Narrow it down 3: Compare prices 4: Pick it up Go to www. You will also see items listed further down the screen which are in your local area. click ‘Compare prices’ on the right to find the very best offers.google. Type in any product name. You can also change the way the news is presented by clicking the Modern icon. Click on this and a series of bars will be shown for you to adjust.google.Google WorldMags. On the left. rather than the standard Search page. Here we will show you how to make the News service work for you in the most efficient way possible. input the price range you want to pay and select ‘free shipping’ or ‘new’ if required. to alter the importance of categories.net . true for many Google services. top-left. Use the map to find available items closest to you. Over to the right you will see a cog icon. Chrome and more Keep up to date with Google News Read the latest news stories straight away Google is much more adept at presenting the latest breaking news in a format that is easy to understand when you’re using News. Each view is markedly different from the rest. 48 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. The more Google knows about you. Seller ratings are also included. You will receive the story from multiple sources. News Understand how Google News works 1: A busy page 2: Personalise it 3: Change the view 4: Detailed searching Go to https://news. Goggles. the local weather and local news for your county.
Google has always been viewed as a source of useful information. you’re taken straight to the app listing on the relevant app store. services to shame. It is a treasure trove of financial information that puts many professional. WorldMags.google. 3: Choose your bet 4: Track the markets in detail The Stock Screener option shows a list of all of the firms within a specific stock exchange. The ability to compare performance between companies and to be able to look back is also built in.net Tips ✓ Profit from Google Finance Keep your portfolio on track every day Google Finance is an information portal that works in a similar way to Google News and Search. Simply click a company and you will be given the information you need to make an investment decision. so there really is nothing missing that the budding investor will need. also including the platform. import transactions. the Google way Forget app stores – just use Google to find apps Finance Harness the Google Finance service 1 When you do a normal search in Google. The latest financial headlines are presented all of the time and you can choose exactly what you want to see using various customisation options.WorldMags. So let’s go make some money. ‘Todo Android’ will bring back to-do apps on the Android platform. 1: All in one place 2: Build your own portfolio Go to https://www. Click the Portfolio option first. Click any market at the top of the screen to see the current price.com/finance. It’s serious info that you can manipulate with ease. you get a huge array of results. world market pricing and a selection of options on the left-hand side. For example. News for a particular market is included alongside the most important financial headlines and even news for individual companies. You can now select the News option for the latest headlines. but this particular service takes it to a whole new level. Start a search and then click the Applications option at the top to be more specific. You can import and export data and also keep a close eye on each company you invest in every second of the day. or ‘Historical prices’ for a full view of past performance. There’s no middleman since it is designed purely for app listings. and much more expensive. the real benefit of Google Finance is the ability to store your own portfolio and to keep track of each individual share. where you will see a page showing the top stories.net 2 Type in a description for the kind of app you’re after. 3 When you click a search result. compare performance and check the fundamentals. However. Google Tips & Tricks 49 . A huge array of options are available here. You can add companies. but the way it works is much more interactive than many Google services. Searching for new apps.
to keeping up to date with your stocks. 50 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Chrome. Under ‘In Label List’. Whether you want to play music from the cloud or receive phone notifications on your desktop. utilising its free services to better manage everything from everyday tasks. mobile and tablet apps goes way beyond syncing your emails and calendars and setting up a few bookmarks for your favourite sites. discover how to treat Chrome as your new desktop.Google WorldMags. By default there are three categories: Social. Chrome. Categories will now display below Spam. It is now possible to shift you entire life onto Google. Gmail Organise your inbox with Google’s category system 1: Display Categories 2: Browsing Categories 3: Moving emails In Gmail. as well as a selection of tips on the various Chrome extensions that are available. There are a lot of great unknown tricks and tips for speeding up your workflow and streamlining the way you and your devices communicate with Google.net Gmail.net . giving you access to all your files. If an email has been added to a category that it isn’t meant for. The key is how you implement these tools into your life. Or click the tag icon and reallocate somewhere else. click the checkbox next to it. Scroll down to categories and click the drop-down icon to the right of it. Google will automatically allocate emails to categories. A lot of what’s available through Google’s web browser. to the running of your business. check Show. depending on their content. Docs and more Organisation Harness the power of Google’s online services to help get your life in order Getting organised with Google’s huge array of web. documents and favourite websites instantly. Then click Note “Category Name”. is not always hugely advertised. In the following tutorials you will learn how to make the most out of Google Drive. and learn some great time-saving techniques for organising all of your online and offline content. Updates and Forum. Click More. hover over the navigation menu to the left of the page. in these guides you are going to find out just how organised you can get. Drive.
check ‘Open a specific page or set of pages’. click Chrome>Preferences.net Tips ✓ Use Chrome as your desktop Set up a super-slick desktop in Chrome Google is no longer just a search engine – it now offers a collection of high-quality web apps which are now in competition with software such as Microsoft Word. Google Tips & Tricks 51 . These pages will automatically open up when you start Chrome. Excel and PowerPoint. WorldMags. Click and drag the icon next to a site URL into the space below it to create a bookmark. Right-click one and select ‘Open as Pinned Tab’. All previously opened pinned web apps will open and all saved startup pages will display. offering easy access to all of your most important web apps and sites. 3 FVD makes downloading video files through your browser easy. all of this happens within a browser window. Under ‘On Start-up’.WorldMags. From the menu bar.net 2 Ad Block prevents pop-ups and spam sites from disturbing you. Instead. nor are you opening up files as you would have done in the traditional way on your computer. follow these steps to set up your brand new Chrome-based desktop. You can save URLs by dragging and dropping onto your splash screen. A web app is just the same as an app you would have on your smartphone or tablet. 1: Pin items from splash screen 2: Startup pages Open a new tab in Chrome to display all your Chrome apps. Then click Set Pages. But as for running something like Google Docs or Sheets. which will locate all of your files into a folder format on your desktop. 3: Set up your bookmarks 4: Add sites to splash screen Add secondary sites to your bookmarks. To help ease the transition into making your web browser your new desktop. click the FVD widget and a download link appears. Emails written offline are delivered when online. everything is accessed through Chrome. Improving Chrome with extensions Some extensions you won’t be able to do without Chrome Set up a Chrome-based desktop 1 Gmail Offline lets you read and respond to emails offline by storing emails as they are received on your computer. as well a series of other brilliant web apps and services. although there is desktop software for Drive. What can be a little jarring about this transition into web apps is the fact that you are no longer installing a piece of software onto your computer. but it runs through a web browser such as Firefox or Chrome. Once a video is detected on a webpage. It also has a great selection of filter options and the ability to hide sections of certain pages. which you may not want to open on startup but want quick access too. Now restart Chrome. Do this for any apps you want to have open every time you start Chrome.
Download the app and sign into your Google account. In this tutorial you will find out how to set up Drive to make the most of it on the go and prepare files to make them accessible anywhere. To remove one from it. Open a Google Documents document. tap the Share icon and select Drive to upload. Docs and more Organise your mobile device with Drive Stay organised on the go with Drive Mobile If you find yourself spending as much time on your smartphone or tablet as you do your computer then maybe it is time to get Google Drive set up on these devices as well. tap and hold a file.net Gmail. Under Offline. flick the switch to on. There are no restrictions within the Google Docs mobile app. Drive. 52 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Tap on the ‘i’ icon next to any file in your Drive list.Google WorldMags. Drag the Drive widget and some Google app shortcuts to your home screen. 4: Accessing Offline files 5: Upload device files 6: Widgets From your Drive list. Tap and hold or tick all folders/ files you want to upload. Gmail. creating a mobile Google desktop. other than its smaller interface. Each Google app provides a widget and a shortcut. Google Finance and Google Keep to it. Doing this means no more having to email yourself documents to check over. as well as being able to edit and share content through Drive. tap the Drive icon. or being away from your desk. All your Drive files will displayed within the app.net . Chrome. Open your Widgets window. then tap Remove Offline. any time. Here you can adjust your sharing permissions and see when a file was last modified. You can edit a document as you would on a computer. Open an app in your device for which you want its content uploaded to Drive. then Offline to display all files that you have been allocated to Offline mode. download Google Calendars. To really get the benefit of Google on a device. Drive Set up Drive on your smartphone 1: Download Drive 2: Working on a document 3: Offline mode Visit your device’s app store and search for Google Drive (not all devices are compatible). because you will have a virtual one in your hand.
providing limitless control. You can now connect to and control the computer remotely. The cloud service for Drive is fantastic. such as maps. highlight a piece of text you’d like to get more information on. Click Enable Remote Connections to download the Chrome Remote Desktop Host installer. which won’t run on Drive and may not be installed on the computer. At the top of the pop-up will be a summary of the wording as best compiled by Google. it can be problematic if you find yourself away from your main computer and the files you need to access are not on Drive. Take a look at our steps to set up your own Remote Desktop service. Log into Chrome on another PC/Mac and repeat steps 1 and 2 so Chrome Remote Desktop is enabled. This can especially be the case for files that are specific to certain computer software. Chrome Remotely control your home computer 1: Install Remote Desktop 2: Creating a PIN 3: Access your computer 4: Share with others Visit the Chrome App Store. unlock it if necessary.WorldMags.net Tips ✓ Access your computer anywhere Control your computer remotely through Chrome Google created the Drive online storage service to benefit users who wanted to access their files from various computers instantly. A preferences panel will open. you’ll get varying results. click Get Started. such as a Photoshop . Google Tips & Tricks 53 . or cannot be run on Drive or the computer that you are on. agreeing to the permission requests. Now open it. Begin the installation. You will be given an access code that you can give to another Chrome user so they can access your computer: click Access and provide Chrome with a code to access another Chrome user’s computer. Under My Computers. Researching with Google Start researching through Google Docs 1 In a Google Document. Click on it. followed by web results. find and add Chrome Remote Desktop. WorldMags. You can click and drag images and text into a document. To get round this.net 3 Click on the drop-down menu at the top of the pop-up to access filter options. As organised as you can be with Drive. the computer you set up first should be visible. From the Chrome Remote Desktop menu. and input your PIN number. under Remote Assistance click Share. using the Chrome Desktop Remote app you can log into and control your main computer from any other computer in the world through Chrome. which will be used to gain access to your computer remotely. Under My Computers. Right-click and click Research “Highlighted text”. Now go back to the Chrome Remote Desktop app in Chrome and enter a secure PIN number. 2 Depending on the content of the text you selected. then click Connect. as if it were right in front of you. Some content includes an insert option. then input the PIN you just created to enable remote connections. and the web apps which allow you to run certain files from it make accessing your files from anywhere simple.PSD file. This will open a research pop-up window within Google Docs.
ensure Desktop Notifications is on. installing it onto your device. The notification should appear on your desktop. or visit www. Click the Desktop Notifications widget and input the code. under ‘4.Google WorldMags. On your desktop. Drive. Chrome. that folder will appear featuring those selected songs. add it to Chrome. 54 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Connect’ note the code. Check out our steps to learn how to install and run the Desktop Notification service. Under ‘1. it’ll be forwarded to Chrome. Under ‘3. set up shuffle or repeat functionality and browse your new catalogue. search for DriveTunes. Use the search function to locate audio files. Test’ tap Create Test Notification. Search Google Play for the same. Chrome Forward phone notifications 1: Desktop Notifications 2: The Android app 3: Syncing the device 4: Test Notification In the Chrome Web Store. Docs and more See phone notifications on your desktop Monitor your Android device activity with Chrome If you’re finding yourself getting distracted by your phone at work then check out the Chrome Desktop Notifications extension.net Gmail. All audio files from your Drive folders will be added to DriveTunes. as will future notifications. open Chrome. search for Desktop Notifications. all within DriveTunes. Go back to the app. There is currently no such extension for iOS devices. Open the Android app. So whenever you receive a notification for a missed called etc on your Android device. Sync your Android device’s notifications with your Chrome web browser with this Chrome extension and Android app. Open Drive. which will display the push notification in a pop-up window on your desktop. open it and add the extension to Chrome. Click Apply. Open DriveTunes from the splash screen. allowing you to screen calls and messages from there. create a folder and add some songs to it.org. On the Android app. This will also be useful when your device is on silent but you want to monitor its activity. Services’. It will be added to the Chrome splash screen. Chrome Play music through DriveTunes 1: Add DriveTunes 2: Running DriveTunes 3: Playing your music 4: Playlists in Drive Visit the Chrome Web Store. Tap Open Accessibility Settings. When you open DriveTunes.drivetunes. but several other Chrome-toiOS extensions are available.net .
3: Feedly tag categorisation 4: Importing tags Click the menu icon to the top right of the page. You can add as many tags as you like. A tag is a singular descriptive word which is somehow relevant to the content of an article. Feedly comes with a fantastic categorising system. They help categorise an article and give it better reach to the kind of people who are searching for tags specific to that article. The only downside of this category system is once you have read an article and want to save it. Phrase the conversion in the form of a question using numerals. you can now add as many tags as you like to an article. what you can do instead is categorise articles by tags. If you were a user of Google Reader. you can only save it to a single archiving folder. –. WorldMags. However. 3 It can do weight and measurement conversions too.net 2 You can do equations in Omnibox. click on any article. using the +. Chrome’s intuitive address bar Feedly Organise archived articles with tags 1 Omnibox can do much more than access websites. creating an incredible vast and specific library of articles that can be accessed in an instance by selecting a tag. Added tags will appear in green below the article. This is covered in our Feedly tutorial (pages 164-5). From the drop-down menu you can tag an article with pre-existing tags or create a new one. Click the ‘+ Tag’ icon to access your tagging options. Type in an equation for an instant result. which you can access through Feedly. Then a preview of the article will be shown with a selection of sharing options. If you don’t know the name of the site you’re after. compiling the articles you want to read into one tidy space. which cannot be categorised or ordered. * (multiply) and / (divide) icons. With the Feedly tagging system. Tags are present in almost any kind of news article or blog post. then continue with more operations. eg ‘How many gallons are in 4 litres?’ Google Tips & Tricks 55 . type in some relevant keywords and let Google find it.WorldMags.net Tips ✓ Work with tags in Feedly Create an article library in Feedly with tags Since the discontinuation of Google Reader. which allows you to set up news feeds under specific categories. 1: Access tagging options in Feedly 2: Adding tags Opening your primary Feedly news feed. Harnessing the power of the Omnibox Using Omnibox. Each tag will then become its own category. Below your Feed categories will be a list of your created tags. Click one to access all articles that have been assigned that tag. you can import your old tags (if you were using a tagging system) when you import an OMPL file. Feedly is going to be your new home for all your favourite site and news feeds.
and the primary way that users interact with the software giant. and optimise your website to achieve the best possible search engine results. as with all services provided by Google. Google has a lot more to offer you than simply sending visitors your way Google isn’t just a search engine any more. behind the scenes there are a whole host of additional products and services offered by the company – many of which you’ll probably encounter on a daily basis. Choose the format (video or text) and get going! . Google has also been acquiring services in recent years so that Blogger is now owned and operated by the firm. 56 Google Tips & Tricks 2: The Hangout area On the right side of the Google+ page you’ll see the Hangouts area which includes a list of your recent Hangouts. We’ve got helpful tutorials on how you can set up a collaborative Google Hangout using Google+. as well as any recently emailed/ invited contacts in your circles. WorldMags.net 3: Create a Hangout Click on the ‘+ New Hangout’ button at the top of the Hangouts list to start a new one. You can select the people you’d like to invite from your contact list. use a high-quality selection of fonts on your pages.Google WorldMags.net Hangouts. AdWords etc) and to be signed into Google+. and your users’ experience. providing integration options that didn’t previously exist. Although search remains its core business. This section of the book provides you with a taste of some of these products and services. AdSense. can be the same one you use for Gmail. alongside a series of tips to help you get the most out of Google when it comes to running a website. YouTube and more Websites If you’re running a website. Hangouts Host an online Hangout 1: Sign in to Google+ In order to use Google Hangouts you’ll need a Google account (which. Not to mention that it produces one of the most popular web browsers: Chrome. The most well known of these are YouTube and Google Maps – check out our tutorial on page 198 to see how to integrate Maps – but there are many others that provide services to help you improve your website.
as you may save yourself headaches in the long run. combined with the option to limit adverts to textonly. this is the best place to start. and the amount of money raised will depend upon the type of advertisements and number of clicks. the system places adverts on websites across the globe in a simple text-based format that’s non-intrusive to users. you’re ready to start earning from your website! WorldMags. Only use what you need. but your regular credentials won’t automatically grant you access: you need to enrol in the AdSense programme. You need to fulfil certain criteria to be eligible for the AdSense service: be over the age of 18. This isn’t a licence to print money for website owners. 3 Google has a dedicated Google Groups forum for many of its APIs.WorldMags. such as the AdWords one. which allows you to choose the type of adverts you’re willing to have. Working with Google’s AdWords service. but the promise of some ad revenue.google. A webmaster’s first instinct might be to reject the notion of showing adverts alongside their content. You’ll need a Google account.net Tips ✓ Make money with AdSense Get your website earning by displaying text adverts Google AdSense is arguably the most popular advertising service on the web. AdSense for domains and AdSense for Video). Getting the most out of Google’s APIs Google offers a host of APIs to access its services AdSense Set up your AdSense account 1 The Maps API has various elements such as Places. Coordinates and GeoLocation (the latter is a paid-for API that charges per request). have a full postal address. We’re using the AdSense for Content service (there are also AdSense for Search. Provide details of your domain (where you intend to show adverts) and the language it uses. Click on Get Started button to register. 1: Sign in 2: Set it up Visit www. but there are other revenuesharing options available that can help provide a small-but-steady income for popular websites. To receive your advert income you’ll need to have a physical address and bank details. but allows webmasters to generate income when an ad is clicked. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to set up your AdSense account ready to host your first set of adverts on your website. If you need help or advice. Complete the form and submit your application. 3: Provide content details 4: Personal details One of the things Google wants to check is that your content is appropriate for its advertisers. It’s well worth studying this in detail when you first use a new API. Once approved.net 2 Each API has extensive documentation.com/adsense to get started. context-sensitive adverts makes the service popular. and have content to monetise. Google Tips & Tricks 57 .
just click on the embed link when viewing it and copy and paste the code into your site’s source code.net . 4: Tag and describe 5: Preview 6: Embed the video This is important if you want users to find your video on YouTube itself.264. bought by Google in 2006. YouTube and more Embed a YouTube video on your site Upload your content and share it via your site Over the past few years there’s been an explosion of video content on the web as broadband speeds have improved and smartphones have put decent video cameras in the hands of everyone. Upload your video using the YouTube uploader. Note that YouTube will re-encode your video if it’s not in the service’s preferred format. allowing you to leverage your content without having to worry about how to host and deliver video effectively. As it’s uploading. but less so if you’re primarily interested in showing it on your website. YouTube. To embed a YouTube video. AdSense. Video is an incredibly engaging way to interact with your website visitors. At least make sure you’ve given the video a title.Google WorldMags. To adjust the way the video displays.net Hangouts. Sign in using either your Google account or an old YouTube one (in which case Google may prompt you to join your accounts). Once logged in. 58 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. you can assign characteristics to the video. hosting millions of videos ranging from funny you’ve-been-framed clips to video blogs. use the YouTube embed tool first. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to upload a video to YouTube and embed it directly on your website. is the world’s most popular video sharing platform. click on the Upload link at the top of the page. including your choice of still poster image to represent it before the play button is pressed. YouTube Upload a video and embed it in a page 1: Create your video 2: Sign into YouTube 3: Upload Keep your video under ten minutes long (the starting limit for YouTube video until you’re an established content provider) and have encoded it in a web-friendly format such as H. Preview your video on YouTube to ensure it plays correctly and hasn’t developed any artefacts during encoding.
but is a useful way of prioritising particular pages. At its core. You can do this by uploading an XML sitemap – a simple text-based document that allows you to let Google know which documents/pages exist on your website. Start by visiting www. you’ll see a list of any websites you’ve previously added to Webmaster Tools. and the relative importance of each. Once signed in. yourdomain. see who’s linking to your site and identify any issues with your content. Google requires that you verify your ability to manage the website. Just enter its web address and Google will pick up all the details automatically. and not copy another website. 2 When you’re signed up to Webmaster Tools. when they were last altered. You’ll also get a suite of reporting options that allow you to examine which keywords your site is performing well for (to get a fuller picture.net 3 The very best way to ensure your website performs well in Google (and other search engines) is to make your site unique. Note that if you have multiple domains pointing to the same site (for instance. and give you the opportunity to resolve the problem before it affects your listings.WorldMags. Google Tips & Tricks 59 . you can let Google know by uploading a new XML sitemap.google. consider using Google Analytics – go to page 194). but the most common two are to either upload a specific HTML file that Google provides. such as hacking attacks. Google will alert you to any issues with your website. optimise websites and identify any issues.com/webmasters and clicking on the Sign In To Webmaster Tools button. We’re going to add a new site to the service. so click the ‘Add a Site’ button on the righthand side of the page. If you don’t already have an account. your content should be your own. Webmaster Tools Add your site to manage its data on Google 1: Sign up or sign in 2: Site view 3: Enter the domain 4: Verify your site To use Webmaster Tools you’ll need to log in using your existing account (or sign up for one). Webmaster Tools is a simple method for alerting Google to your website and any changes that have happened. but remember this view – you’ll want to return to it when you’re all set up! Adding a site is simple. there’s no need to repeat this process for each one. There are several ways to do this. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to set up Webmaster Tools for your website. or to add a meta tag to your site code.com and yourdomain.net Tips ✓ Manage sites with Webmaster Tools Tell Google about your website by using Webmaster Tools Google’s Webmaster Tools offers a series of useful services for web developers and site owners to help manage search engine results. This enables the search engine spider to revisit your site and capture the new information.uk).co. This is used by Google’s search spiders to help index your website ready for search results. Complete verification and you’re all set up! Optimising sites with Webmaster Tools Get the most from Webmaster Tools with these tips 1 When you change the structure of your site. WorldMags. you’ll be able to create one at this point.
Complete all relevant fields. You can disable and uninstall plug-ins by returning to the chrome://extensions page. then submit! Chrome Extend Chrome for use as a development tool 1: Enable plug-ins 2: Install extensions 3: Go developer 4: Install at will Google’s Chrome browser supports plug-ins. including some handy ones from Google itself. This can bring big rewards in customer acquisition. AdSense.net .Google WorldMags. where you can find out more about the service and also sign up. Places Add a Places listing for your business 1: Browse places 2: Sign in 3: Your places 4: Complete the info Start by pointing your web browser towards www. the results can be tailored for the locality. You can also choose to advertise using AdWords on a set of geographical criteria. it provides webmasters with the opportunity to further promote their business with a set of additional information that wouldn’t normally appear in standard search engine results. As well as improving the end-user experience. This is a long form. To install an extension. Google will show you all your current Places listings. Sign into your Google account.google. To see which ones you have installed. with the option to add business details. The developer category within the Extensions section contains all the web developer tools. photos. just click ‘+Add to Chrome’. YouTube and more Add a Google Places listing for your site A Places listing helps customers find your business Google Places is a useful way to list your business in Google so that when a user runs a search that includes geographical terms. Go to https://chrome. enter chrome://extensions in your browser.com/places.com/ webstore/ for a useful library of extensions to choose from.net Hangouts. Click on ‘Add business’ (or ‘Add another business’) to create your new listing.google. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to created a Google Places listing for your business and upload info to help potential customers locate and identify your business. Use the Extensions section to find plug-ins. or create a new one for your business (useful if you’re going to be sharing access with other employees). opening hours and videos. allowing users to see locally relevant adverts alongside search engine results. 60 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags.
Accounts Access your main Accounts screen 1: Click on pic 2: Click on Account 3: Your Accounts screen As long as you are logged into a Google account.Google WorldMags. all accessible via one main account. Your main Accounts screen will allow you to review and edit various general aspects of your Google account. whichever Google service you are currently using will display your profile picture in the top-right corner of the screen. a picture editor and more. Your Accounts screen consists of a main screen – where you can manage aspects of your general Google account. you can access one main control terminal and manage everything in one fell swoop. nickname. a cloud storage system. And as there is so much to control across your account. a social network. profile picture etc – and a column of options on the left-hand side. This will bring up a menu in which you will see an Account link that you can click on. such as your email address. This will bring up a menu from which you can view your full profile.net . phone numbers. download all of your data and access the Dashboard. language. one of which is called Account. Click on that to go to your main Accounts screen. Click on this profile picture. From here you can monitor your account activity. 62 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags.net Accounts Management Your Google Accounts screen lets you control all aspects of Google through one dashboard Over the course of this book we have discovered how Google offers an email service. A column on the left-hand side of the screen will list many more options to explore. You can access your Accounts screen at any time simply by clicking on your profile picture in the top-right corner of any Google service interface. from which you can access all of your other Google services and then manage and edit all of the settings applied to them. see all of your pages and click on a couple of links. an online shopping centre. to help you get to know your account inside out. In the following pages we will be taking a look at your various account settings in greater detail.
will have no impact on issued reports. Managing your Google account web history See what you have been searching for on Google Accounts Receive an Account Activity Report 1 On your main Accounts screen.WorldMags. but any data that you delete.net Tips ✓ Get Account Activity Reports An overview of your account activity emailed to you every month Google Account Activity Reports give you a monthly summary of all of your account activity across many Google services. Google Tips & Tricks 63 . you’ll have to sign into your Google account first. Click on ‘Manage your web history’. Set your options and then click on ‘Sign up’. scroll down and under the Account Activity’ section on the right is one called Other Tools. such as your web history. but then you can sit back and look forward to receiving monthly updates delivered straight to your Gmail account. listing all your search history as well as showing activity graphs. the Account Activity Report will collect and summarise data across your Google account. 3 You’ll see your Web History screen.net 2 As this option requires scrutiny of sensitive personal data. you will probably be asked to verify your password when signing up to it. Every month. 3: Sign up 4: Wait and see In the ‘Sign up’ box on the right-hand side of the screen will be the email address at which you are to receive the report. you will be taken through to a generic ‘thank you’ screen that outlines some of the benefits of the service and informs you that your report is currently being prepared. how often you have searched on Google. a time zone and checkbox. Enter your password into the space provided. This service is free to sign up to and it offers an eye-opening overview of your account activity and easily lets you trace if your account has been accessed from other computers. WorldMags. Click on this link and you will be taken through to a screen detailing exactly what this entails. After signing up. scroll down and on the right side will be a small section called Account Activity – not to be confused with the identically named link in the left-hand column. Access the various services from the column on the left. In this tutorial we will guide you through the process of signing up for monthly Google Account Activity Reports. With these Account Activity Reports you can learn what’s going on in your account – such as how many emails you have sent and received. from which countries and locations you have logged in and how often all of your uploaded YouTube videos have been viewed. 1: Go to Account Activity 2: Click on link From your main Google Accounts page. Within this section will be a linked entitled ‘Sign up for Account Activity Reports’. As this service deals with sensitive personal data.
Google WorldMags. a small on-screen notification will tell you how many items have been deleted from your search history. But what if you are planning a surprise for someone and don’t want to have that surprise scuppered by the intended recipient accidentally stumbling across your Google search history? Fret not because within the Web History section of your Google account. delete certain items from the list so that there is no danger of them being seen by someone you don’t want to see them. Once you have made all of your selections (the link text will also turn yellow to make it easier to see what you have selected). if you should so wish. going however far back you want. Then sign into your main Google account to access it. scroll to the top of the Web History screen and click on the larger checkbox. click on the Older button in the lower-right corner of the screen. you can put ticks in the boxes next to items you would like to remove. WorldMags.net As you browse through your web history list. 64 Google Tips & Tricks Scroll down your main Web History screen and all of your searches will be listed. You can do this with as many items as you want. After removing the items. This will highlight all of your items. If you want to be extra safe in covering your tracks. we all leave deep footprints within our account activity. scroll down to the Other Tools section on the right and then click on ‘Manage your web history.net Accounts Cover your tracks on Google Learn to delete items from your search history As Google is used so widely for so many different purposes. Click ‘Remove items’ to delete everything. You can continue to browse and delete items should you wish. In the following tutorial we will guide you through the process. Accounts Clear your search history 1: Go to Web History 2: Browse search history 3: Select items 4: Remove items 5: Get notified 6: Clear all From your main Google Accounts screen. . scroll back up and then click on the ‘Remove items’ button. you can scroll through your entire search history and. To go further back in time.
If you use Google+ regularly. scroll down and review and change your settings. education. Accounts How to manage and change your settings 1: Profile and privacy page 2: Edit profile info 3: Manage your circles 4: Google+ settings From your main Accounts screen. otherwise you may find your details are passed around like a parcel at a party and all kinds of people are privy to your personal information. Google Tips & Tricks 65 . The names of your circles and who you add to them are visible only to you. WorldMags. If you are close to your limit. If you want to learn more about the various privacy settings for the Google products then you can scroll down to the bottom of the main ‘Profile and privacy’ page and choose to visit the Privacy Centre. who you share content with online. but if you require more then click on the Google+ link in the left-hand column and then scroll down to the Photos section. These settings include how much of your personal information is on public display. Circles are groups of people with whom you share content. under the ‘Security’ section in the left-hand column you will see a link called ‘Profile and privacy’. click on the ‘Buy more storage’ link just beneath the ‘Upload my photos at full size’ option. Under Google Profiles is the option to ‘Edit visibility on profile’. You can access this from your Accounts screen by clicking on the ‘Profile and privacy’ link in the left-hand column and. places. Click on this to be taken through to a screen that allows you to manage your privacy settings across all of your Google services. contact info etc. For example. it is worth clicking on the ‘Google+’ link in the left column and reviewing your settings.net Tips ✓ Manage your privacy settings Tighten up your online security across all Google products You’ll need to guard your privacy online. as well as who is privy to this information. Google has a comprehensive section in place where you can review and manage all your profile and privacy settings across the entire range of Google products. so you may wish to address this and various other privacy settings here. Click ‘Manage circles’ and organise your contacts accordingly. Buying more online storage Need more than 15GB to upload your photos? Read on… 1 You are given 15GB of free online storage with every Google account. but you can set whether the list of the people in them is visible in your public profile. 2 Here you will see how just much of your storage allocation is being used. and much more besides. once in. Click on the option that best suits your needs and then you’ll be able to set it up.WorldMags.net 3 You will now be shown several upgrade price plans that offer a significant hike in online storage space for a monthly charge. Fortunately. Click on this and a floating window will appear in which you can cycle through the options listed along the top and edit details of your work. by default the option to allow your circles to be able to download your photos is ticked. where everything will be explained to help you understand and manage your settings more effectively.
Get rid of Google services you no longer use
As we have explored, Google offers a wide range of products and services
and the chances are that you already use a great many of them in your daily
work and social life. But what if you find, over time, that you no longer use
one particular service and no longer see the point of having it tethered to your
account and your personal details tied up with it? Simple, you can remove it
from your portfolio.
While at your Accounts screen, you can click on the Products link in the lefthand column to list all of the Google products that you currently use and then,
from there, click on an Edit link to start removing the ones you
no longer require. In the following tutorial we’ll
guide you through the process.
Accounts Get rid of Google services
1: Sign into your account
2: Click on Products
3: Edit products
4: Remove products
Ensure that you are signed into your
Google account and then access your
Accounts screen by clicking on your
profile picture in the top-right corner.
At your Accounts screen, cast your
eyes over to the column on the lefthand side of the page and then click
on the Products link.
All of the Google products that you
currently use will be listed. To start
removing products, click on the Edit
link at the top of the page.
On the new page, you will be able
to click on the Remove link that
corresponds with the service that you
no longer require. Click on this.
Accounts Get alerted when you’re being mentioned
1: Go to ‘Me on the web’
2: Manage web alerts
3: Enter search criteria
4: Click to add
From your main Accounts screen,
click on the arrow to next to Account
in the left-hand column and click on
‘Me on the web’.
On the next screen you will be
presented with three options. Look
at ‘Stay current with web alerts’ and
then click on ‘Manage web alerts’.
Enter keywords, such as your name,
into the field provided, but make sure
that you surround it with quote marks
to ensure an exact match.
Once you’ve entered keywords, click
on the Add button and then you can
set the frequency of your alerts and
an email address to forward them to.
66 Google Tips & Tricks
Close down your account
Tired of Google? Shut it all down and walk away
There may come a time when you wish to close
a particular Google account and erase all data
associated with it. It could be that you set up a
work account that you no longer use or have set up
an account for somebody else who, for whatever
reason, no longer requires it. In which case it makes
sense to close it down.
Fortunately, this is a quick and easy process and
there are numerous ways to go about doing it,
although the most direct way is via the respective
account holder’s main Accounts screen. From
here, you can scroll down to a section called
Account Management and see various links listed
underneath. Here you can control what happens
to your account when you stop using Google by
clicking on the ‘Learn more and go to setup’. The
two other links allow you to delete information
from your account and they include ‘Delete profile
and remove related Google+ features’ and ‘Close
account and delete all services and information
associated with it.
In this tutorial we’ll explain what these features
mean, as well as show you how to permanently
remove a Google account.
Wipe a Google account
from your Android phone
Accounts Permanently delete a Google account
To remove a Google account from a
mobile, the surest method is to perform
a Factory Data Reset. Start off by accessing
your Android device’s Settings app.
1: Go to Accounts screen
2: Set up inactivity
On the account you wish to remove, go to the main
Accounts screen and then scroll down to Account
Management. Start off by clicking on ‘Learn more
and go to setup’ to find out more about this feature.
On this screen you set your account up so that after
a prolonged period of inactivity your account will
be treated as inactive and you can decide what
happens to all of your information and content.
3: Deleting an account
4: Closing an account
Click ‘Delete profile and remove related Google+
features’ and you can opt to delete only Google+
content or your entire profile. Tick the relevant box
and then click ‘Remove selected services’.
Click on the ‘Close account and delete all services
and information associated with it’ link and then
you will be able to close an entire Google account
and remove all information in one go.
In Settings, scroll down to Storage and
tap it, then scroll the list of options until
you come to ‘Factory data reset’ at the
bottom of the list. Tap on this option.
This wipes all data, including that for
your Google account, and restores the
phone to the state it was in when you
bought it. Tap ‘Reset phone’ to finish.
Google Tips & Tricks 67
Find out how to live life the
Google way, and discover
some of its best secrets
70 Google’s hidden gems: discover
the search giant’s playful side
78 Organise your mail with Gmail’s
80 Link multiple email accounts
together through Gmail
82 Work with the Gmail app’s
labels and notifications
84 Use the Google+ Share button
from any Google service
86 Create and develop a Google+
88 Set up Party Mode and save
photos to Google+
90 Sort out your snaps in
92 Edit your images in
94 Broadcast your video stream to
the world on Google+
96 Start a Google Hangout on your
phone or tablet
98 Upload your own videos
100 Subscribe to your favourite
102 Find exactly what you want in
68 Google Tips & Tricks
132 Familiarise yourself with the new
104 Sell your music through Google
Play’s Artist Hub
134 Discover the replacement
106 Listen to your music anywhere
options for Latitude
by uploading it to Play Music
136 Take a tour of famous places
108 Get your music onto your
using Google Earth
138 See where the MSL Curiosity
110 Search through and take notes
Rover is on Mars
in Play Books
140 Fly around the world using
112 Activate the Read Aloud feature
Google Earth’s Flight Simulator
in Play Books
142 Stargaze into the future using
114 Play against your friends in a
Google Sky Map
116 Set up Google Wallet in order to
pay for purchases
118 Shop online with
120 Use the Google Search app to
122 Save money by using
124 Arrange a personalised Google
126 Make your own Google
128 Set up your own community
with Google Groups
130 Get content you’re interested
in emailed via Google Alerts
“Google organises your
photos, puts your music
in the cloud and shows
you the entire world”
Google Tips & Tricks 69
net Google’s hidden gems Goog Hidden Gems 70 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags.net .Google WorldMags.
you will get some pretty interesting results.WorldMags. You should also be on high alert around April Fools’ Day. and even an Android app that can still be found in the Google Play store today. it’s amazing that they find the time to get any real work done! Even if you’ve never hunted for April Fools’ pranks or secret words to make Google. there’s one expression of Google’s silly side you can’t have failed to notice: Doodles. but few out there can match the sheer dedication that the Google staff put into their jokes. The company’s most recent April 1st jokes included everything from slick videos promoting fictitious products to professional-sounding press releases. Google Tips & Tricks 71 . The Google folks aren’t the only pranksters on the web. everwidening array of online services. and maybe even a secret game or two. but this crafty company is also one of the internet’s most prolific practical jokers.net ✓Google G oogle may offer an impressive.com spin 360 degrees. If you know the right phrase to search for.net gle’s Google may be a multinational corporation. when Google pulls increasingly elaborate pranks. but it still knows how to have a good time! Here’s a taste of Google’s fun and games… WorldMags. In fact.
The Starry Night. Google maintains a database of every Doodle created. These early Doodles were simpler than what was to come. Vincent van Gogh.com/doodles). Google creates many country-specific Doodles that celebrate everything from the Dragon Boat Festival and Diwali. an intern at the time. Today.com. and sometimes replace it entirely. but they did set the playful tone that’s still present in the Doodles we see today. 2008 n Google celebrated its tenth birthday with a Doodle that incorporated the original 1998 logo. Google Doodles When you load up Google. 72 Google Tips & Tricks Some Doodles are country-specific. This was the first time a Doodle didn’t feature the recognisable logo.Google WorldMags. when Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin added a stick figure to the logo to indicate that they were at the Burning Man festival.google. Ultimately. and just added a few images to its WorldMags. in a spoof of the ‘out of office’ message. Claire Rammelkamp won the UK competition with this ‘My Future’ Doodle. with a Doodle inspired by one of his most famous paintings. external contractors designed the Doodles. to the 89th birthday of Hachiko – an Akita dog who continued to wait at Shibuya Station in Japan for his master. All country-specific Doodles can be found at www. The Doodle can be traced back to 1998. In 2007. but in 2000 Dennis Hwang. The turning point came in 2006. T-shirt or skateboard. The co-founders were so pleased with the result that they kept asking Dennis to design more Doodles. this became an entire team of Google illustrators and engineers. and the lives of famous figures. the Google team have become much more experimental. The change was so well received that they began changing the logo to mark different holidays and notable events. 2005 2006 2007 n Google spelled its logo in Braille for the 197th birthday of the language’s creator Louis Braille.net logo. anniversaries. Evolution of the Doodle Google originally stuck closely to the style of the original Doodle. This one celebrates Mexico’s Day of the Dead. Initially. including country-specific ones you may have missed (www.com/doodles There’s even Doodle merchandise that you can buy. Years of Doodles 2004 n Google celebrated Spirit’s safe arrival on Mars with a Doodle showing the rover alongside two Martians. you don’t always get the standard Google logo.google. If you’re a regular Googler. where people remember friends and relatives who have passed away. Google loves to jazz up its logo. was asked to design a Doodle celebrating Bastille Day. so if there’s a Doodle you think would look great on a coffee mug. What did Google get for its birthday? Look closely and you’ll spot a new server rack. but even if you visited Google.com/googledoodles.net Google’s hidden gems 10 n Google marked the 152nd birthday of the Post-Impressionist painter. frequently disguising the letters of the logo within .zazzle. Each year. This is the first time a Doodle did not incorporate the standard Google logo. to celebrate holidays. you’d still see only see a fraction of the work produced.com every day. many years after his owner’s death. you can make your dreams come true by visiting www. historical events. n Doodle 4 Google is an annual competition that gives children the chance to see their artwork used as a Doodle. Since then. dedicated to the Doodle. when Google unveiled a Doodle of its logo written in Braille. you’ll have encountered many a Doodle. The rover continued to send information back to Earth until March 2010.
Google used the famous map to spell out the letters of its name in this intricate and accurate Doodle.google. the Doodlers had a logo featuring the discovered fossil ready to go live the very next day. 2012 2013 ■ Google loves a Halloween Doodle. mummies.net the Doodles. The Sesame Street Doodles were the first to be created from a photo shoot. Throughout the history of the Doodle. sea creatures and coral reefs.com in just over four hours. but it proved so popular that it remains playable today (www.WorldMags. Google revealed that it had been gearing up to HG Wells’s 143rd birthday. spooky noises and eyes that follow your cursor across the screen. When the ‘missing link’ fossil was unveiled back in 2009. including one celebrating Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea writer Jules Verne’s 183rd birthday. rather than a drawing WorldMags.net ■ Following several mysterious alien abduction Doodles and tweets. After animation. The Doodle originally marked the game’s 30th anniversary. for instance. which expanded when clicked. ✓Google ■ For the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. Google Tips & Tricks 73 . where users got to explore a beautifully drawn underwater world of divers. 2009 ■ What better way to celebrate Les Paul’s 96th birthday than with a fully playable. Even more impressively. a Doodle was created and then published on Google. where all of the parts were played by members of Team Doodle. which it marked with a War of the Worlds Doodle. Now on a roll. and this interactive ‘trick or treat’ Doodle has it all: monsters. the next barrier to be broken was live-action video. the Google team followed the first interactive Doodle with the first animated Doodle – a music video of the classic song Imagine in honour of what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday. The next step was interactive. Google followed Pac-Man with many more interactive Doodles.com/ doodles/30th-anniversary-of-pac-man). “Now on a roll. Google has been quick to react to important events. the Google team followed the first interactive Doodle with the first animated Doodle” A series of Sesame Street Doodles celebrated the show’s 40th anniversary in 2009. The different frames featured scenes from around the world. black cats. when water was discovered on the Moon in November 2009. culminating in this Doodle. and the first interactive Doodle proved to be one of Google’s most memorable ever: a Pac-Man game with a whopping 256 levels and authentic retro sounds. This occurred in 2011 with a silent movie homage to Charlie Chapman. and work on it began in July. ghosts. digital version of the electric guitar? This animated Doodle could even be used to record a 30-second track! 2010 2011 ■ Google reportedly spent 250 hours on this Happy Holidays Doodle. and sometimes even replacing the Google logo entirely.
all YouTube content would be removed and the site taken offline while the judges reviewed the ‘entries. The announcement was fake. Google pulls out all the stops for April Fools’ Day. Google introduced ‘Google Nose’ in a believably jargon-filled promo video. and even tongue-in-cheek temporary features. and they were now ready to choose a winner. According to the prank. Here are some of the best pranks that Google has pulled over the last few Aprils “In 2013 Google announced that YouTube had been a ‘Best Video’ contest all along” 1Thought-powered searches 2Google becomes Topeka 3YouTube is now closed 4:Who knows? Google Nose 5:Google Maps for NES In 2010. complete with 8-bit Street View. in 2013 Google announced that YouTube had been a ‘Best Video’ contest all along. In 2013. it was releasing Maps for Nintendo’s NES console.Google WorldMags. To rectify this. This took them to an 8-bit version of Maps.’ The winner of YouTube would be announced in 2023. On the following April 1st.net . it had neglected to support some classic hardware. After acquiring YouTube a few years previously. Google announced that it was so flattered by this move that it had reciprocated the gesture and changed the company’s name to Topeka. WorldMags.net Google’s hidden gems 5 Brilliant pranks Every year. glossy promo videos for products that will never exist. for anyone concerned about the smells they might be exposed to. and technology that could “align molecules to emulate a particular scent”. MentalPlex responded to these ‘psychic searches’ with tongue-in-cheek error messages. Google announced that while it had embraced new tech. It even had a SafeSearch mode. In 2012. Nose would allow users to search for. Silence voices in your head and try again’. such as ‘Multiple transmitters detected. and experience. 74 Google Tips & Tricks Google started its April Fools’ tradition in 2000 with ‘MentalPlex. smells thanks to an ‘Aromabase’ of over 15 million ‘scentibytes’. Users were asked to stare at an animated GIF while mentally projecting an image of their search term.’ a search engine powered by thought. the city of Topeka in Kansas temporarily changed its name to ‘Google’ in a bid to score a spot on Google’s new ‘Fiber for Communities’ program. with fake announcements. but users could access a ‘limited trial’ by clicking a temporary ‘Quest’ button on Google Maps.
from the cognitive ability of the user who’s using it. Google made it clear that love is just another search problem. Google announced the sci-fi-worthy Google Gulp. non-Blue version of Gmail: “you write in the body of the email. search ability. In a parody of online dating. the font comes up blue. To improve intelligence and more importantly. specifically ‘compassion’ and ‘wisdom’. too.net is Google Romance. Animal Translator Beta In 2010. to a depressing degree.net ✓Google Google revolutionised Gmail on 1 April 2013… by turning it blue. The April Fools’ prank… which wasn’t With everyone on high alert for fake announcements around 1 April. Gmail Blue took six years to develop.” Google even went to the trouble of adding an Animal Translator app to the Play store. How accurate its translations actually are. so each printout actually improved the environment. although Google confirmed that Paper didn’t currently support the printing of WAV files and MP3s. You don’t have to make it blue. and many mistook Gmail for an April Fools’ prank. According to Google. in one of its more outlandish pranks – back in 2005. But any piece of information’s usefulness derives. Gmail Paper.com. The scanner analysed the drinker’s DNA and then used its Auto-Drink technology to optimise their intelligence.” stated Google. Here are some more of Google’s most memorable April Fools’ gags… To mark April Fools’ Day in 2007. The environmentally conscious were also informed that the emails were printed on 96 per cent post-consumer organic soybean sputum. but Google assured users that the adverts (which would be printed on the back of all emails in a red. Google unveiled an addition to its translation services: Animal Translator for Android. alongside a life-size version of Google Map’s ‘pegman’ (just to the right-hand side) In its 2005 gag. it emulated human traits.WorldMags. Google Gulp “At Google our mission is to organise the world’s information and make it useful and accessible to our users. the spoof became a reality due to a Chrome extension by Shlomo Dalezman Pay a visit to Google HQ and you’ll find the Street View team posing for the camera. a drink with an embedded DNA scanner. singles performing a Google Romance search only ever got a ‘404: Romance Not Found’ message. but warned beyond that you might find yourself signed up to dinner parties that you wouldn’t normally attend. Google said it was launching Google Gulp. by allowing users to record a clip of an animal ‘speaking.” According to Google. Google produced a promo video that combined professional slickness with footage of a pig named Bella confirming that Google’s spokesperson “smells good. Google unveiled Gmail Blue in an hilariously straight-faced promotional video packed with people drooling over what Gmail Blue has to offer over the old. allegedly. As an added bonus. It just is blue. Google has sometimes pulled a double-bluff and used this date for some genuine announcements. Google Gulp also made the drinker less thirsty.” Sadly. which promised users a gigabyte of free storage. and the solution WorldMags. bold. is up for debate… Gmail Blue The Gmail email service as you always dreamed it could be: blue. Google unveiled its very own email printing service. but it’s on 1 April that Google really indulges its silly side. Paper was advert-supported. Google Romance allowed users to search for love using Google’s “eerily effective psychographic matchmaking software. which used electrolytic neurotransmitter smartdrug stimulants to maximise surfing efficiency April Fools’ Day pranks Gmail Paper The Doodle may bring some fun to Google. This amount of free storage was met with suspicion back in 2004. This included the launch of the Gmail email service. But what if the sender and recipient both had Autopilot enabled? Google assured users that two accounts could converse without human intervention for up to three messages. it is blue. though. the app bridged the language barrier between people and animals. Image attachments could be printed.” Gmail Autopilot Google unveiled the impressive-sounding ‘Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity’ in 2009. This fictitious service (CADIE for short) was an artificial intelligence entity that scanned your emails and replied to them for you. and the inspiration came from nature itself. Google Tips & Tricks 75 . 36pt font) were completely unobtrusive. although the video assures Gmail fans that this blue is “better than what nature created. In a strange twist.’ and then translating it into English. Google Romance For its 2006 prank.
Searching for ‘Let it snow’ around Christmas 2011 brought a blizzard of snow and ice to your screen. Android soft toys.net Google’s hidden gems Search for ‘Barrow Street. The “Google also has a history of rolling out temporary Easter eggs to celebrate special dates” 76 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. If you’ve never heard of the term ‘Easter eggs.” . Google seems to be a fan too. and prolific actor Kevin Bacon. but it still knows a few jokes. Calculator Type a sum into Google’s search engine and a calculator will pop up with the answer. but some images were added on purpose. feature or message. where players must find the shortest path between an actor or actress.’ which angle your search results slightly.’ the calculator appears sporting a very lonely-looking 1. If you search for ‘the loneliest number. Google also has a history of rolling out temporary Easter eggs to celebrate special dates. and there’s a ton of them to find hidden in Google’s products and services… Google. The element of surprise is gone. Open Google Maps. vuvuzelas. where you’ll spot the Street View team. which is where Easter eggs come in. a box pops up containing that person’s Bacon Number. Search for ‘the answer to the ultimate question of life.net calculator may seem dull and functional. Most randomly of all. If you’re a Doctor Who fan. just outside Earls Court tube station you’ll find a blue police box – click on the nearby double-arrow to step inside and explore the far bigger interior of the TARDIS. is a long-time favourite with movie fans. You can also use Google Maps to ask for walking directions from ‘The Shire’ to ‘Mordor.’ it has nothing to do with chocolate or bunnies. Try it for yourself. Google Street View & Maps There may be websites dedicated to the weird and unexpected images captured on Street View.’ to receive some words of wisdom from Google: “Use caution – One does not simply walk into Mordor. in homage to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. search for ‘the number of horns on a unicorn’ and the calculator again has the answer. while searching for ‘Halloween’ around 31 October 2012 summoned a swarm of bats. flags and balloons Easter eggs The downside of Google’s April Fools’ pranks is that they have become expected and are therefore as easy to spot as the Doodles on Google’s homepage. Head over to Google’s office in Dublin office and you’ll find an entire street lined with Google staff. Dublin’ in Street View and you’ll find the street lined with Google employees brandishing umbrellas. An Easter egg is a hidden joke. the universe. but be warned: trying to find someone with a Bacon Number higher than six is addictive.com Easter eggs The parlour game ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’. zoom to the street level and explore the Googleplex in California. because if you perform a search for ‘Bacon Number’ followed by an actor or actresses. and ‘binary’ transforms the total number of search results to binary code. while ‘do a barrel roll’ sends Google on a 360-degree spin. Other fun search terms include ‘tilt’ and ‘askew. and everything’ and the calculator has the answer: 42.Google WorldMags.
users clicked the Insert Coin button. the images morph into the game’s familiar coloured bricks. Remember Atari’s Breakout arcade game? In May 2013. Google celebrated the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man with a playable Doodle of the cult game. Google marked the game’s 37th birthday by stashing a playable version of the Seventies hit in its search engine. The aim of the game is to keep the ball in the air using your paddle. if you clicked the Insert Coin button for a second time.’ So what does it all mean? ‘Zerg Rush’ is a reference to StarCraft. eagle-eyed users found that searching for ‘Zerg Rush’ launched a hidden game that pitted them against hordes of red and yellow letter Os. Once they clear it. where the ‘Zerg’ race are well-known for their ability to spawn a massive number of units and overpower their opponents. Perform an image search for ‘Atari Breakout’ and after briefly displaying the results. A. go to www. a hidden two-player version of the game launched featuring Pac-Man and Ms Pac-Man. Here are three hidden games for you to unlock through Google Search and enjoy! “‘Pac-Man is rumoured to have resulted in the loss of nearly five million working hours during its stint” 1Atari Breakout 2Zerg Rush 3Pac-Man In April 2012. To play the game. into its services. where it destroys bricks by bouncing off them. WorldMags.net 3 ✓Google Secret Games Google is famous for slipping jokes and secret features. Destroy all of the bricks to advance to the next level. but make sure not to drop the ball or you’ll lose a life. In May 2010. S and D keys. intent on destroying Google’s search results. To play.google. which is rumoured to have resulted in the loss of nearly five million working hours during its single-day stint on the homepage. known as ‘Easter eggs’. the Os regroup to spell out ‘GG. You can defend your results by clicking the Os. which replaced the usual I’m Feeling Lucky button. The second player controlled Ms Pac-Man using the W.’ gaming slang for ‘good game.com/doodles/30thanniversary-of-pac-man. However.WorldMags.net Google Tips & Tricks 77 . but inevitably the horde chews its way through your entire page.
you’ll be able to apply an attractive new theme to your inbox. To access it you have to open the Settings menu (via cog icon) – here you’ll find the option to ‘Configure inbox’.Google WorldMags. where you’ll be able to add more tabs to your display.net Gmail Organise your mail with Gmail’s new tabs Meet the new-look inbox. These notifications take the form of non-intrusive coloured boxes on the tabs. though strangely this new addition isn’t instantly apparent. Message options Click the checkbox next to any email and new options allow you to move the message. Your settings Click on this icon to bring up options to change the display of your inbox. There are plenty to choose from and they can really add some spice to your interface. You can add various categories of tabs to the top of your primary inbox and all the emails relating to these will be automatically filtered into their respective tabbed inbox. delete it and more. managing and organising your emails easier than ever. The most startling new feature revolves around tabs. which is where the magic happens. instantly de-cluttering your primary inbox. If you operate mainly through your primary inbox. label it. Gmail will notify you when you have new mail in the other tabbed categories. Your emails will be divided up into sections. Your tabs You can set up tabs by clicking on the Settings icon and then choosing the ‘Configure inbox’ option. We’ll guide you through some of them here. This makes it far easier to find certain emails and never miss the important ones. You can also adjust further settings by using the links along the top of the window. 78 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. packed with features to help filter your messages T he Gmail service has undergone a major makeover of late – and we’re impressed with the results. The new Gmail Adding themes Exploring your new-look Gmail inbox If you click on the cog icon in the top-right corner and then choose the Themes option. More tabs Click on this ‘+’ icon to bring up the inbox configuration screen. You can also move messages between tabs if you find something filed incorrectly and the system is intelligent enough to learn from its mistakes and perform better for you over time.net . The new-look Gmail is also packed with plenty of other cool features to make labelling. which you access with these tabs. apply themes and configure your inbox to facilitate the tabs.
click on Save and you will be welcomed to your new-look inbox and learn more about how your emails will be organised. got it!’ to proceed. If you want to further filter your emails then you can do this quickly and easily by clicking on the dropdown menu represented by the page icon and then select which emails you want to view. Click on ‘Okay. Simply click on the tab in question and you’ll be able to read your new message. Click the ribbon to mark an email conversation as being important. If you have a message delivered to one tab that you’re sure belongs in another. 7: Get more tabs 8: Quick filtering 9: Marking emails If you wish to add extra tabs to your inbox then click on the ‘+’ icon to the right of the last tab and you will be taken back to the setup screen.net Google Tips & Tricks 79 . rightclick on a message and then choose ‘Move to tab’. Whenever a new message is filtered into one of your tabs. You can also hover your mouse over each tab and get a brief overview of it. When you are happy with the tab layout. Click on this. a little green notification will appear on top of the tab. instantly unclogging your primary inbox of all promotions. you can choose which tabs sit atop your inbox by clicking on each checkbox. unfiltered junk and social-network-related emails. Alternatively. You can mark your emails in a variety of ways. Simply place ticks in the boxes of the tabs you wish to add. 4: Using your tabs 5: Notifications 6: Move messages between tabs Gmail will handily filter certain emails into their related tabbed section. click on the cog icon over to the right and in the menu you should see the option to ‘Configure inbox’ (which indicates that you have the latest version).net Tricks ✓ Gmail Configure your inbox 1: Go to Settings 2: Set up your tabs 3: Explore your new inbox In your new-look Gmail interface. click and hold on it and then drag it from tab to tab. click the star to mark the sender a VIP and click the square to choose another destination. WorldMags. From the floating window that appears.WorldMags.
Explore each section to see what options are available. making it simple to check them on the fly and easy to reply to them from whichever email address you choose. Forward emails between linked accounts by clicking on ‘Forwarding and POP/IMAP’ and then ‘Add a forwarding address’. Click on Themes in the list and you’ll be able to scroll through selections of attractive themes. Choose one and see how your Gmail interface becomes instantly more eye-catching. For example. We all tend to have separate accounts for work and personal. Explore your Gmail settings to expand your possibilities Settings tabs Tabs that apply to every aspect of your mail are here. Accessing settings Forwarding emails Click on this cog icon to see a dropdown menu. Use the tabs at the top of the Settings interface to navigate through sections and make sure you click on Save Changes at the bottom of the screen when you’re happy with your alterations. Adding accounts You can link other email accounts to your main Gmail account via the Accounts tab and get all emails delivered to that. 80 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Gmail comes with the built-in option to link Gmail accounts together so that all of the new emails are streamed into one place. There is much more to Gmail than meets the eye too. Your settings Themes Clicking the cog icon in the top right also allows you to alter the display density of your emails and apply themes to your Gmail interface to make it more… you. and maybe more on the go as well. From this menu you can alter the way Gmail is laid out. So how time-consuming is it to have to switch between accounts in order to check all of our inboxes? Mercifully.Google WorldMags. apply themes and access your Settings.net Gmail Link multiple email accounts together through Gmail Discover how to get the most out of your Gmail settings and make your life that much easier I t’s becoming increasingly rare for people to operate on just one email account.net . because you can then really start to explore the main options available to you through the Settings screen (accessible by clicking on the cog icon in the top-right corner of the interface) and personalise your setup to make like as easy as possible. you can also get emails easily forwarded to any account and set up an autoreply message that is automatically emailed out if you are away from your desk or otherwise engaged.
4: Enter new email address 5: Account added 6: Changing senders In a new window.net Google Tips & Tricks 81 . A message will be sent to the forwarding address that will also need to be verified. If the process has been successful and the two accounts are linked. To set up an Out of Office AutoReply. WorldMags. go to the Settings screen and click on ‘Forwarding and POP/IMAP’ at the top of the screen.net Tricks ✓ Gmail Link your Gmail accounts together 1: Go to Settings 2: Explore your options 3: Adding another account From your main Gmail inbox screen. Here you can activate the feature and type in a message to be sent in your absence. Start exploring the various options. click on the cog icon drop-down menu in the top-right corner and then scroll down the list of available options and select Settings. the next stage will involve supplying the password and reviewing the settings. When done. on this page you can disable Conversation View to stop messages getting bunched together. Click on the Accounts tab at the top of the settings screen and look at the section called ‘Check email from other accounts’. Once done. Click on ‘Add a forwarding address’. Here you will see a link to ‘Add a POP3 mail account to your own’ – click on this. click on Next Step. go to Settings and then scroll down to the bottom of the General section. You’ll be taken to the General Settings page. 7: Forwarding emails 8: Confirm address 9: AutoReply To start forwarding messages automatically between accounts. Once done. If you declined the option to be able to send mail from your main account from your secondary account. you will be prompted to enter the email address of the additional account.WorldMags. the setup is complete. For example. You will also be asked if you wish to send mail as your secondary account. you can change it here later by clicking on ‘Add another email address you own’. you will be notified. Enter the forwarding email address and go through the confirmation process.
since you can alter the settings… 82 Google Tips & Tricks 2: Go to Settings Tap on the menu icon in the top-right corner of the screen and then choose Settings. We will guide you through using these features in this tutorial. you’ll see various labels and markings that look initially bemusing. With a bit of exploring you can easily figure out what everything means. Simply scroll down through the list and remove the tick from the checkbox of any tab or tabs that you wish to disable on the mobile app. Gmail Manage your Gmail inbox on your mobile device 1: Browse inbox If you scroll down through your new-look Gmail inbox present in the mobile app. Now choose your account and then towards the top of the settings screen you will see a section called ‘Inbox categories’. Help is at hand. you will see that it’s a real label-fest and can be somewhat daunting. you can deal with the messages in a faster and more efficient way on the move. By tapping the menu icon in the top-right corner of the screen. you can set your phone up so that you instinctively know when a new mail has arrived. Another useful feature is the way in which you can set up the swipe commands to suit your needs. When you open the Gmail app and start scrolling down through your inbox. . fairly confusingly. WorldMags. but better still you can simplify your mobile Gmail experience and make everything more manageable and digestible.net Gmail Work with the Gmail app’s labels and notifications Learn how to alter your mobile Gmail settings to make your inbox easier to fathom W e have already explored how you can filter certain emails into various tabs on your desktop. If you do decide to keep all of the tabs active then you can also tailor the way in which you are notified when a new email arrives within a particular tab. With a wide range of tones (and the vibrate feature).net 3: Disabling tabs All of your active Gmail tabs will be listed within this screen. but how does that translate to the mobile Gmail app? Truth be told. you can access your account settings and disable certain tabs in the mobile app so that it is instantly easier on the eye. Click on this. so when you work your way down through your inbox. though.Google WorldMags.
net Google Tips & Tricks 83 . filling its radio button.net Tricks ✓ 4: Modify your alerts 5: Select a tab 6: Set a new alert Now you need to head back into the main account Settings screen and then scroll down the list of options there until you see one called ‘Manage labels’.WorldMags. WorldMags. tap the menu icon and then choose Settings. You can now choose how you want to be notified whenever you receive a new message in the selected tab. you can now perform swipe actions to manage your inbox on the fly. This means that when you are back in the Gmail inbox. Now just tap on this option to open up a menu for it. Tap the Sound option to choose a tone and tick the Vibrate box if you wish your phone to shake. Now tap on ‘Label notifications’. and then go back. Tap the option you want. 7: Change swipe actions 8: Archive & delete 9: Swipe to manage From the main inbox screen. then tap on the ‘General settings’ option to be taken through to a settings screen that relates to non-accountspecific options. You can also enable the ‘Swipe to archive’ action from the main settings screen. Tap on one of the tabs in the list and you will then be taken to the ‘Sync & notify’ screen. Tap on the ‘Archive & delete actions’ option at the top of the screen and then choose which options are displayed when you swipe through an email. You will again be presented with a screen listing all of your active Gmail filtering tabs.
In most cases you can cancel back to the default options highlighted here. tapping Share in Google Maps will share the current map location. File-sharing links Add recipients Click on any of the four coloured filesharing links to add the corresponding item to share – photos. In this tutorial we will guide you through the process of sharing content with your friends and family using the quick ‘Share’ window and talk you through the process of attaching or linking various files to your posts. Follow the steps to complete the process. and doing so in Google Play will share the current app.net Google+ Use the Google+ Share button from any Google service How to quickly share thoughts and files with a specific audience on Google’s social networking service S ituated in the top-right corner of every Google page you’re logged into is the ‘Share’ button. Click on the window and then write what you want.net . email address or circles (groups) that you wish to see your post and exclude the rest. so you can add the names. unlike other social networks. WorldMags. 84 Google Tips & Tricks You have full control over who sees what. As you will soon discover. Included at the bottom of the main sharing window is a space to enter names. videos or events. into which you can write text and accompanying links to add photos. For example. videos and calendar events. Clicking on this provides various options for sharing content from wherever you are quickly and easily. weblinks. When you click on the button you will be presented with a standard status update window. Status update You can write text into the main window or link this to one of the four file-sharing options that sit underneath. you can tailor your audience so that all of your friends and family don’t necessarily have to see all of your posts all of the time. weblinks. Google+ makes it easier than ever to share what’s on your mind. The beauty of the Google+ service is that you can also be specific about who you share your files and status updates with as. Google+ sharing options Servicespecific features Your at-a-glance guide to the Share options available What is in your quick sharing window depends on the Google service you are using.Google WorldMags. circles or email addresses – so you can enter specifics here to determine which of your associates see what you are about to share.
circles (groups) or email addresses into the share window. click on the Event button from the main sharing window and then you can add in all the details. 4: Use existing images 5: Share weblinks 6: Share videos You can also click on ‘Your Google+ photos’ to share images from existing Google albums or images stored on your Google Drive. WorldMags. If you wish to share links to websites. and even theme the invite! The beauty of Google+ is that you can choose exactly who you share stuff with.net Google Tips & Tricks 85 .WorldMags. you can also share these quickly and easily by clicking on the Your YouTube Videos tab and then selecting which ones to add and share. click on the Share button in the top-right corner of the screen alongside your name and profile picture. The box that appears will primarily feature a text window into which you can type words. If you wish to share calendar events. enter URLs of other video sites or upload videos from your computer. followed by Share. If you want to share photos. 7: Share your YouTube videos 8: Sharing calendar events 9: Who to share with If you have posted your own videos to YouTube. Navigate to the intended picture. For this purpose you can enter names. tick it and then choose Add. To share videos. This will present you with a range of Google+ sharing options.net Tricks ✓ Google+ Use the quick share feature 1: Click on Share 2: Update your status 3: Share photos From any Google service. Click Add when done. time and location. click on the Photos link and then either drag the intended photos into the main window or click on ‘Upload from computer’ to locate and select the images on your computer. This can be a standalone status or used to accompany one of the attachment links underneath the text box. click the Videos button from the main sharing window and then either search for YouTube videos to share. click on the Link button from the main sharing window and then either write or paste a link into the space provided. such as date.
and beyond.net . get it up and running. Create a new page and then go about promoting it Posting content Ensure that your page is current and interesting to visit by posting new content regularly. Switching users Your Google+ business page When working on your page. Click on Posts when you’re ready to add content. hobby or event that you would like to promote and share with everyone in your circles. Once the page has been created.Google WorldMags. Setting up a page is an intuitive process. as well as upload new posts and content whenever you feel the urge. making them easy to access and further develop whenever you find time to do so. then you can create a Google+ page quickly and easily. we will guide you through the process of creating a brand new Google+ page and then beginning to develop it further. and it will only take you a few minutes to create a site. Google offers a wide range of services that can assist you in your busy professional or personal life. you can then go back and edit any of the existing information at any time. Created pages can then by cycled through via the menu in the top-right corner of the Google+ interface. If you have a business. Click on the profile icon in the top-right corner and use the dropdown menu to switch between your business page and your regular user profile. But all of this can be edited later. Click on the Posts tab at the top of the interface to start adding content. During the initial setup process. Your page You’ll add info and images relating to your page during the initial setup process. They’re easy to set up… A s we have discovered. you can add in all of the basic info and also change the images to give your page an attractive and vibrant look. One of the simpler ones is Google+ pages. Share your site Make sure you share your page with all of your Google+ circles. In this tutorial. and make edits to the information by clicking on About. you will be logged into Google+ as your page. 86 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. and then begin to upload a regular stream of content to it.net Google+ Create and develop a Google+ business page Promote your business or interests on a dedicated Google+ page. You can do this by clicking on the Share menu in the top-right corner.
WorldMags. Click on the middle of it and then drag a new image into place. 4: Add info 5: Get started 6: Change cover On the next page you will be invited to input the name of your product and enter an external website address. The next page will invite you to choose a category of page that you would like to create. WorldMags. click on the ‘Change cover’ button and you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of preloaded backgrounds.net Google Tips & Tricks 87 . drag the rectangle around it to frame the portion you want displayed and then click on the ‘Select cover photo’ button to complete the process. Click on ‘Learn more’ to take things further. Click on the ‘Create a page’ button in the top-right corner of the screen. You are now ready to get up and running. mouse-over the Home option in the top-left corner to bring up a menu just underneath it. You’ll be taken to an overview that will run you through the benefits of creating a new page to promote a business. click on the Finish button (bottom right) and you’ll be up and running. if you have one.net Tricks ✓ Google+ Publish a business page 1: Go to home menu 2: Create new page 3: Pick a category From your main Google+ page. You can also change the round profile image on the page. Determine the confines and click ‘Select profile photo’. Next. The next page displays your page with a generic background. Agree to the page terms and then click on Continue. 7: Crop and save 8: Change icon 9: Finishing up Once you have selected an image for your cover. and then select the Pages item from the list. Click on the one that best applies and then choose a subcategory from the drop-down menu. Start by entering the ‘Story’ and contact information into the spaces provided. Once you are happy with the look of your page and have supplied all of the required info. or you can upload you own image by clicking on Upload and dragging an image across.
Tap on the ‘+’ icon on the top bar and then start entering in all of the details for your event. any pictures you take thereafter won’t be automatically uploaded to the event stream. either a physical get-together or a virtual ‘Hangout’. This means that for anyone who is attending the event. You will then be taken to your main Google+ Events screen. Google+ Turn on Party Mode 1: Set up event 2: New event 3: Set up and invite From your main Google+ home screen. As you will probably already be aware. tap on the menu icon in the top-left corner and then scroll down the list and choose the Events option. Not only does this mean that photographic documentation of the event will be more or less guaranteed.net . the photos will automatically be uploaded to the event stream. help is at hand through the Google+ app. When setting up an event. which is now listed on the main Events screen. without anyone having to lift a finger beyond the one poised above their shutter button. This includes the date. and highlight the various benefits of this great little feature. you can activate ‘Party Mode’. but also that there is no manual upload process – it all takes place in the background. So when the event ends. you can set up social events through Google+. Now tap on the event you have just created. Here we guide you through the process of setting up an event with Party Mode enabled.net Google+ Set up Party Mode and save photos to Google+ Ensure a photo opportunity is never missed by making use of Google+ events H ave you ever been to an event and either forgotten to take any photos or forgotten to share the pictures until long after the event’s finished? Well. whenever they take pictures on the mobile device that they are logged into Google+ on. You can also invite people from your circles and add a description for the event. time and location. This also applies to any pictures you take yourself. 88 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags.Google WorldMags. The clever thing about Party Mode is that it only lasts for the duration of the event. Once all of the details have been changed (you can even tailor the theme). tap Invite and the event will be set up.
Here you will see an option called ‘Party Mode’ – place a tick in the checkbox next to it and a floating box will appear that tells you all about the feature.WorldMags. This will then be uploaded in the background and will soon appear within your event feed. any photos you take will be automatically uploaded to the event feed. 7: Start snapping 8: Selecting the camera 9: Keep in sync As is the nature of Party Mode.net Tricks ✓ 4: Enable Party Mode 5: Party Mode on 6: Join the Hangout You will now be on the main event overview page. any photos that you take within the specified time frame of the event will be automatically uploaded to the stream. but if images aren’t instantly displaying. You will be taken through to your photo gallery. When setting up your event. Tap on the camera icon at the top of the window. WorldMags. and you’ll then be invited to take the first picture of the event. Like we said. tap on the sync icon at the top of the window to perform an instant sync. Make sure you turn on Party Mode. If the event is a Hangout. which is a virtual get-together. Tap on the camera icon at the top of the window again and you will launch your phone’s camera and be able to start photo-documenting the event to share with others. you have the option to specify if it is a physical event or a Google Hangout. scroll down and tap on the Google+ Hangout link to join.net Google Tips & Tricks 89 .
show location data and more. Your photo options Edit your images The Google Photos service offers full photoediting facilities.net Photos Sort out your snaps in Google Photos It’s time to introduce a fabulous way of organising. Unlike other social networking services such as Facebook. sharpen and resize the image to make it look better. and you can even do it automatically via the Google+ app on your mobile device. Google Photos is a brilliant free service that allows you to upload your photos. Click on the tabs at the top of the Photos interface to select a viewing style.Google WorldMags. with Google+ you have full control over who sees what you post. Uploading images is easy. Edited images and albums can then be re-downloaded to your machine so that you have enhanced versions to distribute by alternate means if you prefer. add more photos to an album. organise them into albums and share them with friends and family. view the pictures that you have included in your posts. enhance the colours. In this tutorial we will guide you around the basic features of Google Photos and show you how to upload images to your Google+ account. rotate.net . As you’ll soon discover. you can create albums for them to help keep them organised. You can also click on Auto-Fix for Google to make automatic adjustments to your pictures. More options Quick options Click on the More tab to get additional options to automatically back up images. view images that other people have tagged you in and more. managing and sharing all your photos online P reviously known as Picasa. Once the pics are uploaded. then click on Edit (you must have Flash installed) to crop. adjust the exposure. WorldMags. create albums and then go about sharing them with a select audience. download an album to your desktop. 90 Google Tips & Tricks Click on this menu to tag people in images. so that you can tweak the colours and make subtle adjustments to get your photos looking as good as they possible can. tag other people who appear in them and then share with confidence. There is even a comprehensive photo editing suite included. it couldn’t be easier. Click on an image to open it. making it a great way to distribute private photos to your family. Explore your images through Google+ Your highlights You can view your images individually or by album and even get highlights from each album in one easy-to-view digest.
net Google Tips & Tricks 91 . Once you have chosen a destination. You can also determine how your images are arranged from the drop-down menu. but you can delete these by clicking on ‘X’ or add more people to the recipients. You can now start sharing your albums with others. When you share images on Google+ they are automatically shared to all of your circles. either create a new album to add the image to by naming it at the top or choose an existing album to move the selected image to. 7: Create or choose existing 8: Automatic backup 9: Organising your circles On the next screen. go to the Google Photos site – simply log in to your Google account and then click on the More tab at the top of the page. click on the ‘Name your album’ field in the top-left corner and then type in a name. scrolling to ‘Your circles’ and clicking on Customise. but you can tailor who sees what by going to Settings. choose ‘Add to album’. click on Copy.WorldMags. click on the image to enlarge it (and display a greater array of options) and then click on the More tab. Once Photos has loaded. WorldMags.net Tricks ✓ Photos Manage and share your images 1: Go to Google Photos 2: Upload images 3: Name your album First. You can also specify the size. By default. From the menu. If you’d like to move pictures from one album to another. Once the photos have uploaded. upon which they will be notified so that they will be able to view the photo and the related album. 4: Tag the people 5: Share your albums 6: Organise images Google Photos lets you tag people in pictures. anyone who you have tagged will appear as a recipient. Click on the ‘Upload photos’ tab. get accustomed to the features highlighted. You can automatically back up photos and videos taken from your mobile device to Google+ simply by enabling this feature in the app version of Google+ on it. Click the images on the left to start tagging. then either drag your images from your computer into the main part of the screen or click anywhere in the window to select the images that you wish to upload.
click Apply. The ‘Basic edits’ category features all of the basic editing tools that you need to crop and rotate your image. if your images feature people. 92 Google Tips & Tricks There are a wide range of filters and colour effects. untouched version) or replace the original version in your album. Effects. will be saved to the album that the original image was from. so you can adjust. touch-up and crop your pics. Special effects Appearance options In the main list of edits you will also see Exposure. adjust the exposure and colours. All of these features are easy to use and will help make your pictures perfect. Choose an option and your image. then click on Edit at the top of it. Saving all your work Your editing options Once you’ve applied all the effects you want.net .net Photos Edit your images in Google Photos Make your pictures perfect by getting to grips with Google Photos’ intuitive set of editing tools A s well as being a great way to store. Colours and Sharpen. The final category. You can preview each effect from the list by clicking on it. lets you choose from a wide range of cool filters and effects. complete with all of your edits. click Save. The next category. You will now be presented with four main categories running across the top of the window. sharpen your picture to make it look ultra-crisp. Explore the editing options to enhance your photos Crop and rotate The Crop and Rotate options allow you to change the photo’s orientation and how much of the original image is displayed. and resize. Google Photos comes with its own editing suite. Then there is the Decorate category. making them look utterly fantabulous! Start off by clicking on an image in one of your albums to open it up in its own window. WorldMags. You can then either save your doctored image as a new file (in addition to the original. If you like what you see. You can use these options to sharpen your image. some of which are even exclusive to Google Photos. enhance the colours and generally make your images look crisper. manage and share your images.Google WorldMags. Text allows you to type whatever text you want into a window provided and then choose a suitable font before positioning it on your photo. then you will find a great many fun embellishments in this category that allow you to plaster stickers over your images to give them extra personality.
Click on an effect from the list to preview it with your photo. click on Apply. including one to rotate it and one called Edit – click on this option to start work. Write your text into the box provided. You can also use Unsharp Mask for finer control over your sharpening to get your image looking radiant.net Google Tips & Tricks 93 . choose a font. Shadows and Contrast of the image. Highlights. If your image is a little fuzzy. If you really want to have fun with your photos. These include camera filters. a wide range of fonts are available. then choose Auto Colours to let Google identify and remove unwanted colour cast. colour effects and touch-up tools. You can also click on Auto-Exposure to allow the service to do all the adjustments for you. Click on Auto Enhance to see the difference.net Tricks ✓ Photos Make your photos amazing 1: Auto Enhance 2: Start editing 3: Cropping an image Auto Enhance is enabled by default (you can disable it in your Google+ Settings if you wish) and automatically adjusts the colours of your images. 4: Altering the exposure 5: Balance the colours 6: Sharpen your image The Exposure option lets you move sliders to adjust the Exposure. WorldMags. You can also use the Neutral Picker or fine-tune your images using Saturation and Temperature. When you are ready to crop.WorldMags. Click on Colours. Click on Crop and then you’ll be able to scale your photo to a particular size or manually move the window around within the image to define what is shown. Click on an image in your photos to open it up in its own window and you will see a row of options along the top. then consider using the Sharpness and Clarity sliders to make it crisper. click on the Decorate tab at the top of the window and then scroll through a menu of embellishments that you can apply to your image to give it personality. If you want to caption your images with text. 7: Play with effects 8: Add decorations 9: Place text Google Photos features a wide range of effects that you can apply to your image. click Add and then experiment with the properties of the text.
You can make it publicly available on Google+ and on your YouTube channel. broadcasting live to a global audience I f you have a topic that you would like to share with the world then consider Google’s Hangouts On Air service. Click on Delete Post to remove it from your stream. Here you can download and activate additional services to help enhance your broadcasts. but at the other end of the scale you could just host a private conversation between your circles. ready to be shared by any interested parties.Google WorldMags. you can host events and join in with others. As you will discover from this tutorial. Broadcast yourself and manage your Hangout Hangout options During a Hangout you will be presented with a list of options down the lefthand side of the screen. You can also share your recording after you’re off air. You can stream a conference keynote. Once a Hangout has been scheduled as an event. host a worldwide concert or moderate a panel discussion with international experts – the possibilities are endless. Controls Say cheese The controls along the top of allow you to mute the mic.net Hangouts On Air Broadcast your video stream to the world on Google+ With Hangouts On Air.net . Handy if something unexpected occurs. If you’re only interested in joining or watching Hangouts On Air then you can also check the upcoming schedules to find a diverse list of interesting broadcasts to add to your calendar. click the arrow in the top-right corner of the Hangout window and you’ll be presented with a small list of options. setting up and broadcasting your own Hangout On Air is quick and easy. You can also disable comments and re-shares from here. 94 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. turn off the camera and end the broadcast. Your Hangout On Air Deleting Hangouts If you want to delete a Hangout from your main Google+ page. You will appear in the main window of your broadcast and other attendees will be displayed down at the bottom of the screen. which allows you to go live in front of a global audience directly from your computer in just a few clicks. and it’s a great way to host meetings without moving from your desk. you will ne notified in the run-up and invited to connect when it begins.
Finally. Click on Start Broadcast to get going. public Hangouts 1: Access Hangouts 2: Browse Hangouts 3: Learn more Go to your main Google+ home screen and then click on the menu in the top-left corner of the interface. From the list of services available to select. If you click Yes. Click on the ‘Learn more’ link at the top of the page and then explore the page to see who’s on air.net Tricks ✓ Hangouts On Air Join and host live. click on Start Hangout.net Google Tips & Tricks 95 . 7: Start a Hangout On Air 8: Name and invite 9: Agree and go Go back to the Hangouts On Air screen and click on the ‘Start a Hangout On Air’ button in the top-right corner of the interface. Scroll through the various Hangouts and then click on one to access it and join the party. Any Hangouts On Air that you are scheduled to attend will be listed here. click on the menu in the top-left corner and then choose Events from the list. From your main Google+ home screen. Scroll down through the list and then click on ‘View details’ to find out more. On the Hangout’s main invite screen is a menu called ‘Are you going?’. click on Hangouts On Air. the Hangout will be marked as an event on your Google Calendar and you will be notified in the run-up. WorldMags. You can also share the Hangouts with your circles and indicate your attendance of the Hangout. Click on the Play button to instantly watch one. You will then be invited to give your Hangout On Air a name and then start inviting people from your circles to attend. read through the terms and conditions and then place a tick in the ‘I agree’ box. You’ll be taken to a page of recorded Hangouts On Air. 4: Schedule a Hangout 5: Signal your intent 6: Click on Events At the top of the page is a Schedule link which takes you through to a page of forthcoming Hangouts On Air. You will be taken through an initial setup process.WorldMags. Once done. Once you are happy to continue. click on Continue and your broadcast will be prepared.
net . This service extends to mobile devices with the standalone Hangouts app. which makes it much easier to hook up with your most contacted people and communicating face-to-face on the move has never been easier (although obviously it helps if your device sports a front-facing camera). In this tutorial we’ll guide you through the process of creating a new Hangout while using your mobile device. In which case.Google WorldMags. tap the menu in the top-left corner of the interface and then choose Hangouts from the list. though it is always worth heading across to the Google Play store and then checking to see whether or not any updates are available for it. To start a new group video chat.net Hangouts Start a Google Hangout on your phone or tablet Hook up with your friends on the move with the mobile version of Hangouts O ne of the main plus points about Google+ is the ease at which it allows you to communicate with your friends and family. Whenever you select the Hangouts option from the Google+ app. the Hangouts app will be instantly launched and you will be able to go about inviting people from your circles to attend. you can start a text chat or a video chat with them through the interface. tap on the ‘+’ symbol at the top of the interface and you will be taken through to a ‘Frequently contacted’ screen. Hangouts Initiate video chats on your phone 1: Download Hangouts 2: Go to Hangouts 3: Launch Hangouts Your Google+ app relies on a separate app to host the Hangouts. All of your Hangout history is stored in your device. which is aptly called Hangouts. This is a native app on all mainstream Android devices. Within the blink of an eye you can set up a new Hangout by inviting people from your circles and then initiate either a text chat or a multiuser video conference with them. so you should find it installed on your smartphone or tablet by default. Go to the Google Play store and then download and install the Hangouts app in order to get up and running. you could be merrily chilling out in the Google+ app and then decide to host an impromptu Hangout. 96 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Now. Once people have been invited. Your Hangouts app will instantly launch and kick into effect.
WorldMags. 7: Initiate a video call 8: Commence video chat 9: Call history You can also go straight into a video call from the message interface (by tapping on the video camera icon) or you can backtrack to the main setup screen and then start a new video call from there. your device will instantly start contacting the recipients of your Hangout. email address.WorldMags. If you choose the former then you can type a message into the text window.net Tricks ✓ 4: Invite people 5: Message or video call 6: Send message Select frequently contacted people from the list or type a name. you can opt to create a message or start a video call. When you initiate a video chat. number or circle into the text field at the top of the interface. As you start typing. You can turn your history off by tapping the settings menu. Note that it may take a few seconds for them to respond and connect to your video call. When at least one person has been invited to your new Hangout. so you can initiate a video call or message to the same people quickly and easily. Your Hangout history will be listed on the main setup screen.net Google Tips & Tricks 97 . tap the arrow button and your message will be sent to all of the invited recipients. Once you have entered your message. Google will match the name to your contacts. so be patient. You can also add emoticons and pictures by tapping on the corresponding icons.
98 Google Tips & Tricks Tags are keywords that. to others. Adding a title Giving your video a title is a vital part of uploading as this will describe your video. Try to think of as many links as possible.net .Google WorldMags. uploaded and ready for you to enjoy. which doubles up as a very adept video recording device.net YouTube Upload your own videos to YouTube Here’s what you need to do and be aware of when you’re sharing your first video with the world T he modern age of the smartphone. Tagging your video Describing your video Giving your video a description will also help viewer traffic as it can serve as a brief overview to describe what the viewers can expect to see so that they can make an informed decision on whether to watch. Simply click on these to instantly assign them to your video and make it infinitely easier to find. within reason. In this tutorial we will guide you through the process of uploading your first video to YouTube and detailing the important steps that you must go through to ensure it goes global! Upload videos Suggested video tags Adding info and tags to get your video seen We have already stressed the importance of assigning tags to your videos to give them more of a presence in the search engine. Your title will also generate suggested tags that you can use to flag it up. means that everything in life can be documented and shared with the world. which are keywords that people are likely to search for – so adding enough relevant tags will help ensure that your movie is pushed to the front of the pecking order when searched for. Uploading your own videos is a quick and easy task and you have full control over who sees the videos that you uploaded and the promotional process to get them seen by as many people as possible. when typed into YouTube’s search engine will people find your video. The ever-surging popularity of the YouTube web video service means that it is often people’s first stop for entertainment as you can find pretty much anything you want. WorldMags. When you upload a video. YouTube will even offer suggested tags that relate to the title of your video and its possible content. which could also mean an unexpected source of revenue for yourself as a result. in a nutshell. you must give it a title and a description to best present it to other people and then you can go about adding tags.
Make sure that all of the info that you have added and the settings that you have applied are saved by clicking on the ‘Save and Share’ button in the lowerright corner of the screen and prepare to go global. Facebook and Twitter.net Google Tips & Tricks 99 . Alternatively. Click on the big arrow in the middle (which turns red) to start navigating to the video you want to upload. Tagging your video is important as the keywords that you assign will ensure that your video appears on the radar of anyone who searches for words that relate to it. add the important bits of info. click on the Sign In button (top right) and then sign into your account. When you video has finished uploading. You can add as many tags as you want. stabilise it and make it easier to watch and enjoy. simply drag it into the space provided to start the process. such as how to monetise your videos and. Click on a box to select it and then make sure that you select an appropriate category. When you have successfully logged into your YouTube account. You can also determine whether your video is viewed by everyone (public) or only by those whom you invite. 4: Start promoting 5: Add tags 6: Adjust privacy settings While your video is uploading. if you have it to hand. Click on the drop-down menu under ‘Privacy settings’ to select an option.net Tricks ✓ YouTube Put your home-grown videos on the net 1: Sign in 2: Click on Upload 3: Select files On the YouTube site. use those details. WorldMags. if your video was shaky. or if you have a pre-existing YouTube account. including a title and a description of your video so that anyone who decides to view it can get a brief overview of what to expect. This can be your Gmail address and password. you may see various items ged up. click on the Upload button to the right of the search bar and then you’ll be taken through to the main video upload screen.WorldMags. 7: Share your video 8: Check banners 9: Save and share There are options to share your video to various social media sites such as Google+.
including recommendations from YouTube based on the videos that you have previously searched for and viewed. It’s incredibly easy to set up these channels as well because the basic structure is already in place. Alternatively. tap on the arrow in the top-left corner of the interface and this will bring up a wealth of options that relate to what you watch. YouTube Find and sign up for video channels 1: Access account menu 2: Adding channels 3: View your subscriptions From the main YouTube interface. tap on its ‘+’ symbol to subscribe to that channel. This will present your main account menu and from there you can select an option to browse channels. hit Subscribe and the channel will be added to your account menu for easy access later. Exploring this section allows you to quickly find entertainment and when you see something you like. However. the most subscribed-to channels (if millions of people subscribe then they must be good. This area includes various sections such as ‘Recommended for you’. Tap on the arrow in the top-left corner of the interface again and then scroll down. ‘Most subscribed’. Here you will find all of your subscribed channels listed for easy access.net YouTube Subscribe to your favourite YouTube channels Transform the YouTube app into your own personal entertainment channel Y ou will probably already know about YouTube and the excellent service it provides as a video-sharing portal. and more. 100 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags.net . Load up the YouTube app on your mobile device and then tap on the arrow in the top-left corner of the interface. you’ll have a direct link to the stuff that matters to you. Once you have subscribed to several channels. Start off by tapping on the ‘Browse channels’ option. scroll further down the menu and pick a general category to begin searching for channels that relate to your interests.Google WorldMags. you can explore various channels that relate to your tastes and interests and then subscribe to them to ensure that you have a constant stream of videos to watch without having to sift through hours of rubbish in order to find them. Tap on a channel to view the related videos. right?). If you see something you like the look of. Doing so will bring up a page broken down into various sections. beyond entering keywords to search for videos to watch. ‘Most viewed’ and ‘Local’.
Google Tips & Tricks 101 . if you tap on the Trending section. Once that screen is up. view and subscribe to – finding cool stuff is easy through YouTube. Tap on these channels and then tap Subscribe. then all of the current hottest channels will be presented in a list for you to peruse. Tap on Recommended to get a list of videos that relate to your previous searches. Likewise. Tap on the menu icon in the top-right corner and then choose Settings. tap on General followed by ‘Content localization’. so it’s impossible to miss the really good stuff. This will conveniently pull out the must-see videos from the channels that you subscribe to. Listed under Channels is a section called ‘What to watch’. Whatever your interests are. Choose a country or region from the list provided (it doesn’t have to be where you live) and this will determine what channels appear under the Local section of the ‘Browse channels’ option in your account menu. you will be able to find appropriate content easily. WorldMags.net Scroll further down the list and you’ll find a wealth of other categories that you can tap on to explore other channels. Here you can prioritise channels from a specific country or region.net Tricks ✓ 4: Recommended channels 5: Trending channels 6: Other categories 7: What to watch 8: Localising content 9: Choose a region Underneath your list of subscribed channels will be a From YouTube section.WorldMags.
net Play Store Find exactly what you want in Google Play In a rush to find a particular app or product on Google Play? HereÕs the solution A s you would expect given the companyÕs origins. tap on it. Google provides rather a good search engine to help you find what you want in the Google Play store and it can be used in a variety of different ways. by tapping on the magnifying glass icon at the top of the screen. and you can tap on one if you see what you are painstakingly typing contained within the list. 102 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. though. which in turn leads to more accurate results. the smarter it gets. you can even speak it instead. If you see what you want there. which makes the results significantly scaled down compared to just typing the word alone. It will provide a list of quick results as you’re still typing the word. just type in what you do know and then hit the Enter key. Play Store Match up your searches 1: Using the search engine 2: Instant match-ups 3: Search results To start a basic search in the Google Play app. You can also command the search engine to only search for an app by a particular developer. simply tap on the magnifying glass icon at the top of the interface and start to type in keywords for the products that you want. The more you use the search engine. As you get to know the search engine better. When you start typing words into the search engine. Possible matches in a variety of categories will be listed for you to look through. such as apps. you can enter simple keywords – as and after you do so. the service will instantly make suggestions based on the first few letters and present them in a list. If you only vaguely know the name of the product that you want. you’ll see previous searches. music and movies. Google will suggest possible matches across a variety of categories. If you don’t want to type the selection. As soon as you tap.Google WorldMags.net . certain tricks come to light that will help you refine your searches even more. For example. For example. you can command the search engine to only search for apps that contain a certain word.
Just tap on the magnifying glass icon and then tap on the microphone icon next to the text field to start using it.net Google Tips & Tricks 103 . enter ‘pub:“[INSERT FULL DEVELOPER NAME]” ’. If you like an app by a particular developer and want to see what else they have made. Speak clearly and after a couple of seconds of processing time. your matches will be displayed. From this mini menu you can also choose ‘Add to wishlist’ for easy reference. Going back to the time issue and our busy lifestyles.WorldMags. if you want to install an app that you have searched for quickly. you can speak your keywords into the search engine instead of typing them. You can view and share your wishlist by tapping the menu icon in the top-right corner of the screen and then choosing ‘My wishlist’. WorldMags. Make sure the double quote marks are included. If you prefer. then type in ‘intitle:“[INSERT YOUR KEYWORD]” ’ to get exact matches.net Tricks ✓ 4: Specific searches 5: Search by developer 6: Speak your searches If you know that the product you want contains a particular word and only want the results to display products that contain that word. just tap the small menu icon opposite the name of the app and then choose Install. A similar trick applies to developers. 7: Start talking 8: Quick install 9: Add to wishlist You will be taken to a screen where you will be prompted to speak your search term into your device’s microphone.
mind . 104 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. this tutorial will help you set up your very own Artist page and get your music on Google Play. So whether you’re a solo artist or an established group. Be sensible with your pricing. we’ll be sure to come and see you when you’re playing your sold-out stadium tour… Navigating your hub Keep uploading! A key part of selling your music online is to keep people coming back with frequent updates. or turn a healthy profit by giving fans access to your entire digital back catalogue. it’s up to you what you do with it – you could give your tunes away for free to try to build awareness of your work. Don’t be afraid to give demos and live tracks away for free – it’ll help keep interest up and bring more people to your page. and after the one-off sign-up fee of $25. too – a generous offer on a whole album can easily result in an upsell. we’re glad to say it’s never been easier to get your music out there. From there.net Google Play Sell your music through Google Play’s Artist Hub Get your band seen and your music heard by a global audience B reaking into the music business is a lifelong dream for many people. while Reports gives you a breakdown of how your music is doing. There are no hidden costs. you’re free to upload and sell as much of your music as you like. There are plenty of sites and services that can help with this. or editing existing tracks or albums. a bedroom songwriter with big dreams or a touring act with a solid fan base. but Google Play’s Artist Hub is easily one of the most userfriendly we’ve come across. Artists even get to take home a surprisingly generous cut of the revenue from each purchase – up to 70 per cent. This is the link you’ll be slapping up on social media sites. Either way. And in this digital age. Manage Music Your URL Your gateway to adding more music.Google WorldMags.net . you’ll be clicking this a lot. which puts some comparable services to shame. If you want to make money from it. forums and your site in order to raise awareness. You might want to use a link shortener for Twitter. The various useful features of Artist Hub explained Tabs This is the main Artists & Music page – the Payments tab lets you set up and change bank accounts and tax details.
Now your tracks are in the right format. Due to large file sizes. your submission will go up for review. it’s time to set up shop. 4: Preparing your track 5: Creating an album 6: Upload your songs The process doesn’t support MP3 uploads. as can any potentially offensive content. Now edit the title and details of each track and decide on pricing of both individual tracks and (if necessary) the full album. Start by adding a main image for your page and writing your bio – make this as brief and informative as possible while still getting your message across. These tend to be larger files.net Google Tips & Tricks 105 . and be sure to sort the tax forms soon. Sign in with your Google account. so you’ll need to import/export/convert your desired tracks to be in either FLAC or WAV format. You can also choose how many times people can listen for free. you can upload the entire album at once. register your artist name (this can’t be changed.net Tricks ✓ Google Play Get your music heard 2: Creating your page 3: Google Wallet setup With your name secured. 1: Signing up First head over to http://play.com/artists. You may have to add extra details to your Google Wallet to register as a seller.WorldMags. but this can be done later so you can take your time over it. your album(s) should be published within 48 hours. so be sure to get it right!) and pay your $25 registration fee. The specific nature (single/EP/LP etc) can be flagged here. At which point… Congratulations – you’re on Google Play’s music store! Now take your URL and put it out there. you’ll still need to create an ‘album’.google. your own website. Sit back and relax. You’ll also need to fill in several tax forms in order to be paid. else you won’t get paid. Whether uploading a single track or a whole load of them. With the final tweaks made. WorldMags. This process can take several days. 7: Editing and pricing 8: Quality/legal review 9: Spread the word! Done? Cool. but if everything checks out. this is likely to be the most time-consuming part of the process. Social media. email… Oh. but there’s no limit to upload sizes.
Google WorldMags. Once uploaded. Play Music also provides a wide range of cool features to help you get the most out of your music. Play Music will examine and scrutinise your uploaded music and group similarsounding songs together into playlists for you to enjoy. So if you’re mad about music then Play Music will soon prove to be a more than competent partner. Playback controls Instant Mixes When you’re listening to music. so they will be within easy reach wherever you are – simply log into your Google account on any computer and you’ll be playing them in seconds. it’ll be able available to you anywhere Your music You can upload up to 20. share your music with your friends and arrange your sprawling collection in pretty much any way you want to make it more accessible. Google Labs Online music While enjoying the Play Music service. 106 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. You can upload up to 20.net Play Music Listen to your music anywhere by uploading it to Play Music Upload and stream your music collection to any computer with Play Music I f you’re finding the stress of work a little too heavy going. That’s not all. so you can get a heads-up on exciting new things that may be added in the future. click on the cog icon in the top-right corner to access a menu of various settings and click on Music Lab. Uploading music is easy through the free Music Manager app and you can also use the service to migrate your music from one computer to another without having to manually copy tracks to mobile storage devices. You can also instantly shop for new music through the Google Play store. Click here to access them.000 songs to your online Play Music account and then listen to them through any web browser when logged in. these standard playback controls will be accessible from the bottom of the window. want to listen to some of your favourite chill-out music and have forgotten your MP3 player then help is at hand thanks to the Play Music service. such as Instant Mixes. The Play Music service will examine your music and arrange like-sounding songs together in playlists for you to enjoy.net .000 songs to your own personal cloud. This is a testing ground for experimental features that aren’t quite ready for prime time.
This may take some time. click on the ‘Go to Music Player’ button and your web browser will go to your own personal recently uploaded music library which you can access anywhere. Whenever you buy music on Google Play. Once the upload process is complete.google. choose what content to upload. The controls will be accessible at the bottom of the window.net Tricks ✓ Play Music Uploading and accessing your music 2: Download Music Manager 3: Sign in Click on the link to download the Music Manager and the application will start downloading.WorldMags. Click on Instant Mixes and see what’s on offer. WorldMags.com/music and you will see an ‘Upload music’ button in the top-right corner of the screen. a Music Manager menu item will be visible on your main menu bar. 7: Instant Mixes 8: Shop for music 9: Share music One of the cool things about Play Music is the way it neatly arranges like-sounding tracks together into bespoke playlists for you to enjoy. If you want to make instant additions to your song library. Click on ‘Shared with me’ to see if any of your friends have passed any music on to you. Click on this and then you’ll be able to read more about the service. Once completed. follow the installation procedure to get the application up and running. click on Preferences and under the Upload section.play.net Google Tips & Tricks 107 . click on Shop and you’ll be promptly whisked off to the Play Music store where you can search for. 1: Start uploading music Go to www. When the application is opened. then click on the Upload button to start the process. Playing music through Play Music is easy – simply click on Listen Now in the top-left corner and then click on an album or track. 4: Upload your music library 5: Go to Music Player 6: Playing music From the Music Manager menu. Click on the headphones icon and then sign into your Google account. buy and download new tracks. you can share a free listen with your friends.
Ensure that you are logged into your Google account with your email address and password. By exploring the settings of the app.net . you can get all your music saved to cache while your device is charging and on a Wi-Fi network and also clear your cache if you need to free up storage space on your device. itÕs time to transfer it to your mobile W e have already explored the numerous features of the Play Music service and how it can enable you to access your home music collection from any web browser in the world. Play Music Manage music on your device 1: Open Google Music app 2: Open your library 3: Explore your music On your mobile device. you can not only access all of the music that you have previously uploaded to your Google cloud. with the Play Music app installed and running on your mobile device. but instead reside in a cache in Google’s data folder. Getting your music stored on your device is easy – you don’t have to go through other third-party software to get the job done. This will list all of the music purchased on your account plus the tracks you have uploaded to cloud. 108 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. However. Once you have done this. Tap the My Library menu and choose between ‘All music’ and ‘On device’. the respective tracks will be downloaded to your device. Well.net Play Music Get your music onto your mobile With your music collection uploaded to the cloud. download or update the Play Music app from the Play store and then launch it. but you can also get it stored locally on your mobile device. Tap on the menu icon (lines) in the top-left corner of the screen and then choose My Library from the options. note that they won’t be stored with the bulk of the media files in the relevant Music directory. You can explore your music via artist. This means that you can play your favourite music on the move without having to worry if you have sufficient network coverage to handle the streaming. album or song via the tabs at the top of the window and also explore the location of the music. You simply open the song or album in Play Music and then tap on the pin icon. Here we guide you through the process.Google WorldMags.
From this list of options you can also access the Google Play store and shop for more music from the selected artist. It’s a great way to explore new music from the relative comfort of your portable device. it will be then retrievable from the cloud through the Play Music app. Select a song and then just tap on the pin icon in order to download it.net Google Tips & Tricks 109 . You can check if the music you have just decided to cache is on your device by going back to the main screen and then tapping on Listen Now in the top-left corner.WorldMags.net Tricks ✓ 4: Getting music on your device 5: Check the download 6: Go to Settings After uploading your desktop music collection to your Google account. Now tap on the menu icon (dots) in the topright corner of the main screen and choose Settings from the drop-down list. 7: Set options 8: Song options 9: Shop for more Here you can empty the cache if you need to delete downloaded music in order to free up space on your device and even set your device to cache uploaded music automatically when your device is on charge. You will then be taken to a page of settings. This will bring up a host of options such as using the song as a basis to create an instant mix. Scroll down to the Downloading section. WorldMags. plus other options you will be familiar with. Choose ‘On device’ and the music should then be present. Now go to any song in your library and then tap on the menu icon to the right of it.
so you can pick up where you left off on your mobile device.net Play Books Search through and take notes in Play Books We show you how to get the most out of Google’s excellent eBook reading service A lthough eBooks are best suited to mobile devices that you can carry around with you at all times just like real books. Search engine Instant definitions Search for terms in the book by clicking on the magnifying glass icon and then typing in keywords. whether you just want to sit at your computer and read or carry out important research. You can search for keywords to jump to a particular page. All of the features that are available in the Play Books mobile app are on hand. too. all of your notes and bookmarks will be present and correct – perfect for when reading on the move.net . are also saved to your cloud. Google’s desktop book service is just as feature-packed and can be a real asset. such as notes and the page that you have read up to. You can click on the page arrows to advance or go back pages or even just tap the arrow keys on your keyword to quickly flick the pages. notes and even the page you have read up to – is synced to your own personal cloud. Access your notes by clicking on the Contents icon in the top-right corner. 110 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. You can also listen to the word being spoken to help grasp the correct pronunciation. Key information.Google WorldMags. Your book options Cloud syncing It is worth remembering that anything to do with your Google books – such as bookmarks. Read on to discover more about this great service. The matches will be relayed to you in a list. This means that when you open the same book on your mobile device. There is much more to do with the book than read it Your notes Any notes you create will be highlighted within the text with your chosen colour. Any books purchased from the Google Play store can be accessed on your computer through your web browser and some may prefer the larger reading interface that its monitor affords. Navigating you way through your eBooks is also intuitive. make notes and apply them to passages of text – making this a handy tool for research purposes – and instantly look up words you are unfamiliar with to get dictionary definitions. Double-click on a word to bring up a dictionary definition.
WorldMags.net Tricks ✓ Play Books Explore books on your computer 1: Go to your library 2: Open a book 3: Start searching From the main Google page. move the cursor over the one you wish to start reading and a floating window will appear featuring an overview. Choose the latter. If you encounter a word in the book the meaning of which you are unsure of. click on More at the top of the screen and then choose Books. You can then colourcode your note and save it. Click on ‘Read now’. click on the magnifying glass icon in the top-right corner of the interface and a small search window will appear. including web definitions and synonyms. You can now opt to shop for books in Google Play. To make a new note. To access your notes. then release to bring up a floating window. 4: Review the findings 5: Get dictionary definitions 6: Learn the pronunciation You will be presented with a list of passages of text that contain the keyword that you entered. Enter your keyword and then click on Go. Doubleclick on a passage to jump to that place in the book and the keywords will be highlighted on the page.net Google Tips & Tricks 111 . You can also make you own notes in books. then you can get dictionary definitions delivered in an instant simply by double-clicking on the word. Click on Add Note and then write your own text into the window provided. highlight a passage of text by clicking and dragging. Simply click on the speaker icon and your computer will read the word aloud to you.WorldMags. From your library of purchased and downloaded books. 7: More information 8: Add notes 9: Save and access notes If you click on the More link within the definition box then you will be able to access more information relating to the highlighted word. With most words you will be able to listen to the correct pronunciation of the word too. which is useful for research purposes. To start searching for keywords in your book. click on the Contents icon and choose Notes. research a topic or go to your library.
why not get the app to read the book to you? A udiobooks are big business. launch Google Play. 112 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. The downside is that the digital voice that reads the book to you through the app is very monotonous and lacks any kind of expression (as well as comically mispronouncing certain words). All of the books that you have previously purchased and downloaded through your Google account should now be accessible on your device. search for the app and then download it for free. With Google Play Books you can activate a similar feature and get the books automatically read to you by the app. If you do have it.net .net Play Books Activate the Read Aloud feature in Play Books If your eyes are feeling the strain. The main advantage of this is that you can essentially still ‘read’ while doing other things since it frees up both your eyes and your hands. often by the person who wrote them. The passages of text will be highlighted on the screen and read aloud to you by the app. though – all you have to do is open the book that you wish to read in the Google Play Books app on your device. Go to the apps section on your mobile device and then launch Play Books. You can call a halt to the proceedings at any time by disabling the feature from the menu and there is also a way to get your books read aloud to you automatically without you having to set it up within Play Books Play Books Get your books read to you 1: Download Google Play Books 2: Launch Google Play Books 3: Open a book If your mobile device doesn’t already have Play Books installed on it. Activating this read-aloud feature is easy. especially on mobile devices where you can download a range of audiobooks and then relax by the pool while they are read to you. Tap on the cover of a book to open it and Google Play Books will automatically sync with your Google cloud to ensure that the book opens at the last page you read on other devices.Google WorldMags. enabling to you still enjoy books without having to dedicate all of your energy to physically reading them. access the options menu and then choose ‘Read aloud’ from the list. ensure that your version is the most up-to-date. such as your computer.
net Google Tips & Tricks 113 . which reads everything aloud. You will now be back to manual reading mode. Ensure that this option is enabled and your books will be read aloud whenever you open them.net Tricks ✓ 4: Access reading options 5: Open the menu 6: Stop read aloud When you have a book open on screen. After that . simply press the menu icon again and then choose the ‘Stop reading aloud’ item from the list of options. WorldMags. allowing you to go hands-free. go to the Accessibility section and then activate the Talkback service. just open your Settings app. Tap on the ‘Read aloud’ option and your book will be read to you. relaunch the Play Books app and then tap at the top of the screen to bring up the various options in the bar. Now tap on the menu icon that’s up in the topright corner of the screen and you will see a list containing a few different options. 7: Automatic read aloud 8: Go to book settings 9: Enable the option If you want to get your books automatically read aloud whenever you open them up.WorldMags. scroll down and you will then see an option called ‘Automatically read aloud’. a search icon and also a menu icon. Tap on that menu icon again and then look to the bottom of the list to choose the Settings option. tap the top of the page to bring up the various reading options. which sits at the bottom of the screen. Once you’re inside the Settings menu. If you wish to deactivate the read-aloud feature. These include a progress bar.
achievements and more. The good news is that a lot of great games now support Play Games – but let us explain what this actually means… Google’s Play Games enables you to log into your Google+ account from within the game and access lots of new features. as well as post messages from within the framework of the game. allow you to compete directly against your friends online. The overviews should tell you everything you need to know and lots of multiplayer games are free. Once the game has downloaded and installed on your device. launch the game and then go to the main menu (the one that lists the various options open to you the first time you play it). To enable multiplayer. Multiplayer is the star attraction. Play Games Go head-to-head with your mates 1: Load a game 2: Select multiplayer 3: Sign in Go to the Google Play store and find yourself a multiplayer game. leaderboards.net Play Games Play against your friends in a multiplayer game Make your gaming infinitely more social by using the Play Games service to get online S lowly but surely. compare scores with the best in the world and earn rewards for performing feats in the games. 114 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Like other gaming platforms. you can also share your progress to your Google+ circles. you will need to sign into your Google+ account when prompted. With greater social network integration. Find the Multiplayer option and give it a tap. Choose the Google account you wish to tether and then tap on OK. respectively. but we’re sure that will follow soon enough. as you can send an invite to any of your friends who are currently online and hook up to play them live within a minute or two. download and install it. These features include multiplayer. online leaderboards and achievements – which. In the following tutorial we will guide you through the process of accessing the Play Games features within your games. Google is making inroads into gaming so as to allow its Play Games service to compete with the other gaming platforms. it turns gaming into a social event and is certainly preferable to competing against computer opponents with very questionable AI.Google WorldMags. Facebook friends or Twitter followers. All that’s missing is a main social gaming hub.net . When you find one.
With these you can compare scores in a variety of categories to see who has bragging rights. When you have read and understood the request. 7: Unlock achievements 8: Share your progress 9: Compare scores When you perform certain tasks and feats in the game. tap on the Next button to proceed. The app will scan your contacts for opponents. Facebook and Twitter. In any case. WorldMags. These give you points that are linked to your Google account and serve as an ongoing score for your friends to compete with. When the game resumes. tap the Play button. you will be able to access the online leaderboards. if you have the option of choosing. you will earn Achievements. Once done.net Google Tips & Tricks 115 . When playing while signed into your Google account.WorldMags. you will see an option to share with your friends via Google+. or extra multiplayer achievements. Whenever you do anything of note within the game.net Tricks ✓ 4: Agree to requests 5: Welcome to multiplayer 6: Pick an opponent The app will flash up a notification asking permissions to obtain basic information from your Google account. Scroll through who is available (you will see who is currently online and who isn’t) and then tick the checkbox for an opponent. and usually on the game’s home screen too. Tap an option and then review the message. you can start exploring the multiplayer mode and the various options within it. you might be greeted with a message confirming that the signing-in process is complete.
If you have the correct model of phone. after all…) Through Google Wallet you can also change certain aspects of your payment details. Your payment system Read all about it Google Wallet is a very useful tool.Google WorldMags. you can get Google Wallet on your device and use it as a payment method in any high-street shop – sending a shiver down the spine of every traditional wallet merchant in the process! In this tutorial we fully introduce you to the Google Wallet service and explore the many things that it allows you to do. so why not take a few minutes out to read up on its various functions? Go to www.com/ wallet/ and then scroll down to discover the many benefits the service affords you. including the default billing address and registering extra debit or credit cards to use through your account. 116 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Simply click on this link to access the main page and then click to add more. Account settings Your recent transactions Click the cog icon to go to your Google Wallet settings. and Google is making strides to ensure that it gets easier by the minute. Here you can change billing addresses and other info relating to your account. Use Google Wallet to buy online with confidence Payment methods You can assign any credit or debit card to your Google account. You can also click on Learn More to go into specifics – such as getting Google Wallet on your mobile device. then you will have already put your payment details in place when setting up your account. Here you can see which products you have bought or cancelled and when.google. All of your recent transactions will be listed on the main Transactions page.net Wallet Set up Google Wallet in order to pay for purchases Buy with confidence online – and even on the high street – with Google’s wireless monetary system I t has never been easier to shop online. such as an app or music track. Google Wallet provides you with a useful platform to carefully monitor your online transactions so that you can scrutinise every outgoing payment and know exactly what you bought and on which date (we wouldn’t want small children buying on our behalf.net . If you have ever bought anything from the Google Play store.
Start exploring the page and get to know the various options on offer.net Tricks ✓ Wallet Get to know your wallet 2: Sign in 3: Review your transactions Sign in using your Google email address and password.com/wallet/ and then click on the Get Started button in the top-right corner of the interface.WorldMags. If you click on the cog icon in the top-right corner of the screen. WorldMags. Here you can see which subscriptions you have and manage them all from this screen. If you have active subscriptions through Google Play. The default category. Transactions.net Google Tips & Tricks 117 . so why not do the next best thing and write feedback for the merchant? Click on Reviews to see any that you have written. These could include songs. click on ‘Add a credit or debit card’ and then enter all of the required info. you’ll be able to access your Google Wallet settings. get notifications and edit other personal details. films. 4: Payment methods 5: Your reviews 6: Your subscriptions Click on ‘Payment methods’ and any cards that you have already tethered to your Google account will be listed. TV shows. This will take you through to a sign-in screen.google. click on Subscriptions to review them. When buying online. You can add extra delivery addresses on this screen. 1: Go to Google Wallet Point your browser to www. then use it as a quick and easy means of paying anywhere you go. you can’t tip for an efficient and speedy service . To add more cards. lists all of your recent purchases through Google’s various services. to be taken through to the main Google Wallet management screen. books and apps for your Android device. Click on Devices to see devices are currently tethered to Google Wallet. Here you can change the language. Click on the ‘Address book’ tab while at the Settings screen and this will display your current address to which your payment details are registered. 7: Your devices 8: Wallet settings 9: Address book You can install the Google Wallet app on some devices.
118 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Google’s own shopping service goes one better by allowing you to search for your products everywhere. Displaying the info These drop-downs let you determine how the products are shown on the page after searching. You can also share your searches with your friends and family to give them an overall wish list of goods you like and even determine how the search results are displayed on your screen. stores nearby that offer the products that you are looking for will be listed. if you are away from your usual computer). and the only thing you have to worry about is how long the product will take to arrive in the post. At the top of the main search page will be your location. click the cog for a more advanced search. You have complete freedom to shop how you want. make sure you are searching in the right area (for example. but it’s still easy).net Shopping Shop online with Google Shopping Google’s online price comparison service takes all of the stress out of shopping and can save you a bundle of money O nline shopping has obviously taken off in a big way – and having pretty much any product within easy reach of buying. Online shopping is undoubtedly less stressful than high-street shopping as you don’t have to brave the crowds. Also. Once done. You can go into great detail on the searching to ensure that only exact matches are listed and then you can buy quickly and easily in just a few clicks (slightly more if you need to set up an online account with the seller.Google WorldMags. meaning you can make informed buying decisions on the best price – be it on eBay. If this is wrong. Local searches Your online superstore If you are looking for products based on location. Google Shopping makes it easy to find products Searching As you would expect. at any time of the day. specialist online stores or the online wing of an existing high-street shop. everything revolves around that search field at the top of the page.net . click on Change and choose your current location. it’s easy to understand why. Let us guide you through the process. the weather or the distractions. Enter product names and then let Google perform a basic search for the items you’re looking for. Refine searching Use this column down the left side of the page to help you get a more exact match and make your searches more exact.
then choose Shopping from the drop-down list. you can enter more keywords. You can even determine how results are displayed. input a price range and apply filters. You can choose price ranges.net Google Tips & Tricks 119 . You can share your finds quickly and easily through the Google+ service. although if you click on ‘Why these products?’ you’ll learn that the selection is in no way impartial.WorldMags. WorldMags. You will be taken through to the main shopping screen and presented with various categories. making this a handy one-stop shop for all kinds of services. When you find a product that you like the look of. click on More. from local shops and reliable online stores. Just hit Share in the top-right corner and you will be able to tag people in on your experience. The site will list hundreds of matches for a chosen category. brands and more. If you click on the cog icon in the top-right corner while on the Google Shopping page. eBay items that match your search criteria will also be displayed. 4: Refine your searches 5: Click on a product 6: Advanced searching When you select a category of products. you will be able to select ‘Advanced search’ from the list and start inputting info for a more exact match.net Tricks ✓ Shopping Find the best web and high street deals 1: Go to Google Shopping 2: Start shopping 3: Finding products From the main Google screen. You can cycle through the categories using the arrows. The categories on the Shopping page often relate to the time of year and what’s current popular among the online buyers. you’ll be able to narrow down your searches using the various criteria options in the column to the left. 7: Entering info 8: eBay shopping 9: Share searches While on the Advanced Product Search page. click on it to open the product page on the relevant seller’s site and then you can add your chosen item to a basket and buy it online. If you’re signed into your Google account while using Google Shopping. sort by relevance.
including delivery. you are still able to get a good flavour of the market and view multiple products and retailers at once. You are able to use the built-in search engine to tap in keywords and get instant matches for the products that you are searching for. Not only are the results tailored to fit your locality. We want to see more refined results that display stores from which we can buy our desired product. The results can be displayed according to cost and you can decide how you want them to appear on screen. It makes for rather painless shopping without having to hop from website to website. in part. All of this is in the past.net .Google WorldMags. tap it. Google Search is not as comprehensive. It is fair to say that. so we’ll guide you through the process of using it here. so tap on the Shopping tab (with price tag icon) at the bottom of the screen. but they carry reviews too and you can see at a glance how much something will cost. 120 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. but it remains incredibly useful. It will display related webpages and news if available. If the item you want is shown. Search Shop for products via Google 1: Start shopping 2: See the results 3: Tap the Shopping tab Type the name of the item you would like to buy into the search engine at the top of the screen. You were able to save items to a shopping list that would sync across devices. as yet. however.net Search Use the Google Search app to go shopping Discover how easy it is to shop online using just your mobile phone or tablet device T he Google Shopper app used to be an amazing way to buy products on your mobile phone. At the top of the screen will be a list of products. It’s worth bearing in mind that the results are weighted and depend. together with other suggestions. since Google has decided to axe the app. Possible product matches will appear below the search field as you type. Google Search will show you all references to the product you searched for. share that list and even use your camera to scan covers or barcodes to find products at the very best prices. migrating people to Google Search instead. on the merchants paying Google to be included in them. as well as their prices. However.
7: Alter the location 8: Choose an item 9: Buy the item Single-column view is more comprehensive and it includes delivery information and the first sentence of the item’s description. If you want to rearrange your search results then tap on Default next to ‘Sort by’. which let you display the results in one of two ways. together with images of the product and the various prices. A drop-down menu will then let you choose in what order to list the results: by review score or by price (low to high. After selecting. WorldMags. or high to low). check out and pay. Alter this by tapping Change next to ‘Your location’. Google Search then takes you to the retailer’s website. Add the item to the basket. Scroll down by swiping with your fingers. You will be directed straight to the product’s page.WorldMags. press either Always or ‘Just once’. There are two options to the right of the ‘Sort by’ drop-down menu.net Tricks ✓ 4: View the products 5: Results order 6: Change the view Google Search will show you a selection of stores which are selling the product that you are looking to buy.net Google Tips & Tricks 121 . When you are ready to find out more about an item with a view to purchasing it. though. tap the product and choose the web browser you want to display it in (if you have more than one). You can choose to have results displayed in two columns or a single column. Check. that the item is in your locality. Tap the Back button to return to the results page.
Getting there All of your offers Google Offers is not currently available in every country. a handy map and full instructions on how to redeem it. Catch them Detailed offers If an offer is expiring soon. The process is incredibly efficient. each offer will show a location. We will also show you the options available and how to best utilise the huge amount of detail available. but you should be aware that not all of the offers will work for you every time. you will see some red text warning you to take advantage of it.net Offers Save money by using Google Offers Google Offers can save you money on thousands of services with just a couple of quick clicks G oogle Offers is designed to open your eyes to some of the discounts that retailers offer from time to time and it is a service that is growing very quickly. The expiry date sorting will help you manage them all.Google WorldMags. as Google is gradually rolling out the service so that it works as efficiently as possible. and you can then redeem them by accessing each on a smartphone and presenting them in person. though. It is still worth getting to know how it works now. you will have a dedicated Offers page where you can save each offer you see. If you are in possession of a Google account. so you may need to search a little harder than expected to find the offers you want and not all countries are supported at this time. The entire process is as simple as you could hope for and makes a mockery of the old days of cutting out coupons from magazines. The service is still in a fairly early stage. A look at the Google Offers page Your history A historical list of all of the offers you have used and the ones that have expired is available by clicking this link.net . In this tutorial we will explain where to find the offers and also how to redeem them. Each offer you save is listed and will present all of the detail you require to use it when clicked. 122 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. however. It is a useful resource. Crucially. and you may be surprised at how much money you can save if you use it wisely. You can still take advantage of some of the offers if you have the ability to pay in foreign countries.
net Tricks ✓ Offers Benefit from free Google Offers 1: It’s set up 2: Look for offers 3: A handy list To check that your account is enabled for Google Offers. you may see an offer available. They are not always obvious. It is likely that your account will be up and running already. require a smartphone to make the most of them. To redeem offers in shops and other locations. you should check the expiry dates for each of the offers. They are saved in the background. Most. Go back to your Google Offers page. some offers can be printed and redeemed in shops if you do not have access to a phone. WorldMags. but there should be an ‘Offers’ option to the right that you can click to use it. 4: Offer details 5: Use an app 6: The barcode Click on an offer in your list and you will be presented with details on how and where to redeem the offer.WorldMags. a selection should pop up for you to take advantage of. The process uses smartphones very effectively indeed.net Google Tips & Tricks 123 . Back in your Offers page. you will need to use the Google Offers Android or iOS app. go to https://www. Simply sign in and your offers will be available when mobile. clicking a link will bring up a screen with a barcode that can be used to redeem the offer.google. On your mobile device. detailed in step 1. 7: Get more offers 8: They do expire 9: Paper copies Google+ is a very fruitful destination for finding new Google Offers and no matter what you are looking for. Full location details and a map are also included. They can be listed in expiry date order to help you manage each one and catch them while valid. however. In addition. and any offers you have selected will be shown in a list for you to deal with.com/offers and follow the instructions you are given. When you are on the Google+ business page of a company.
You can select the category of news you want relayed to you (politics. You can personalise your Google News homepage by creating Custom Sections from your favourite searches and mixing and matching existing standard sections. News settings Click on this cog icon to change various settings relating to your news sources.net Arrange a personalised Google News feed Google News delivers only the news stories that matter most to you W hen trawling the various news sites on the internet. You can also create your own custom categories. entertainment.net .Google News WorldMags. Well. You have full control over how you set up your personal news page. we spend hours of our lives scrolling past stories that we have no interest in just to find the stuff that we do. In this tutorial we will guide you through the process of getting started and setting up your own news pages so that you needn’t waste time and energy fishing for news in unfavoured sites again. 124 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Use the sliders to prioritise the news and then click on Save. With Google News. sport etc) and the providers of the news – so if you don’t like the style of one particular source. you simply don’t include it. click on Advanced to go into more detail. you get your news delivered on your terms. You can then add extra news sections and even create your own custom ones. Getting Google to deliver the news that matters to you Your news You can determine what news you receive and the top stories will be shown in the main window for you click on. the Google News service gets around any unnecessary news sidestepping by delivering only the news that you want to read. There are four different styles to choose from. News views Click on this drop-down menu to alter how your news is presented. You can then tailor your feeds so that more news comes from a particular source and less news comes from other sources. get local weather reports and ultimately get the news presented in a style and format that you feel comfortable reading. Your personal news page Advanced settings While in settings.
Click on the ‘Select news view’ drop-down menu and then choose from the four styles available to determine how the news is presented on the main page. The Google News page will comprise the world’s top stories and you can use the drop-down menus on the top bar to choose a country of origin and the style in which the news is presented. Once you’ve made all of the necessary adjustments to your news feeds. which is listed in the Media section. Next. Use the sliders to prioritise the content. By default it will be set to Modern. click on the cog icon in the top-right corner and a new column will appear down the right-hand side of the page. click on the Save button at the bottom of the column and all of your changes will be stored and reflected on the main page. use the sliders to determine the flow of news from your sources. you can also adjust the sources. Click on one and then click the ‘+’ symbol. click on the ‘+’ symbol.net Tricks ✓ News Prepare your own custom news page 1: Access Google News 2: Your news page 3: Choose your style From the main Google screen.WorldMags. 7: Adding sources 8: Save changes 9: News settings As with the topics of news you receive. 4: Personalise your news 5: Add categories 6: Adjust sources To start personalising your Google News page.net Google Tips & Tricks 125 . If there are news categories that you would like to add. type keywords into the fields provided and possible matches will be suggested. Type keywords into the space provided and then the service will list possible matches. click on ‘Even more’ and then click on News. click on Settings to the right of the Save button and you’ll be able to make changes to the way your news is presented – such as the number of columns and if the weather is shown. Again. WorldMags. When you see one you would like to add. As a final measure. perhaps giving more priority to favourite ones. ensure that you are logged in and then click on the More menu on the top bar. Now that you have adjusted the flow of news. you can add extra sources.
To get started. and under each category will be a variety of feeds. When you see one that you like the look of. 126 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Tap on a category to reveal the news feeds inside and then tap on Customise at the bottom.Google WorldMags. Finding content is a quick and easy process.net . tap on the ‘Add subscriptions’ option. In the following tutorial we will guide you through the process of setting up your personal Google Currents digital magazine featuring only the type of content in which you are interested and none of the boring stuff. we often have to wade through pools of tripe in order to find stuff that truly captivates us.net Currents Make your own Google Currents magazine How to add content to your Google Currents to build up your own source of news and intrigue W hen trawling the internet for news and articles to read. tap the Add button for it. Lifestyle. This page is broken down into various categories. ‘Recommended’. Business etc. If you like the look of a particular feed then you can tap on ‘Add’ and it will be added to your personal list of feeds. So give a warm round of applause to Google Currents. which you can then access at any time by simply tapping on your account menu. Currents Set up your news feeds 1: Start your currents 2: Add subscriptions 3: Customising Launch the Currents app and then tap the arrow in the top-left corner of the interface to get started. All of your subscribed-to news sources will be listed under their respective category in your account menu. including ‘Featured’. By default this will list some news sources. but to start adding subscriptions. and each category lists a range of sources. Tapping on this will take you to a page of feeds that relate to a whole wide range of categories. You sign into Google Currents using your standard Google email address and password and then you can go about finding content that matters to you. an app that allows you to construct your own digital magazine of content and which only features content that you’re interested in and want to read. ‘News’ and so on. all you have to do is tap on the arrow in the top-left corner of the interface to access your account menu and then at the top of the menu will be an option called ‘Add subscriptions’. such as News.
including Facebook. You can then peruse the content and open stories. so you can instantly see which stories you have read and which you haven’t. the stories will become greyed out in the original feed.net Tricks ✓ 4: Organise feeds 5: Add more 6: Reading your feeds On the customise screen. such as hiding articles you’ve already read and much more. WorldMags. delete feeds that you presently subscribe to and tap the pin icon to make them available to read offline. 7: Keeping track 8: Share stories 9: Your Current settings Once you have read content. To check out the content of your news sources. tap this icon to bring up the various sharing options. you may see a sharing icon at the top of the interface. Twitter and Bluetooth. When reading a story through Google Currents. Also.WorldMags.net Google Tips & Tricks 127 . Tap on the links to read more of the articles. you can hold your finger on the grid icons to drag and rearrange the order of feeds. simply open the corresponding category and then tap on the icon of the source that you want to open. If you tap on the menu icon in the top-right corner of the screen and choose Settings then you can tailor various settings to suit your needs. while you are on the customise page. you can add more feeds that relate to that particular category by tapping on the ‘+’ symbol and then browsing for more news sources to add and subscribe to.
You can then go about promoting your site by sharing it to your circles through your Google+ account or personally inviting people from your social circles to attend the group. The fact that this service is so easy to use means that you will be able to generate content freely and will really want to shout about it.net Groups Set up your own community with Google Groups Create your own thriving nerve centres of discussion and information with Google Groups W e all have interests and we all have an in-built need to talk about them with other people who share these interests. so click on the ‘Add welcome message’ link and compose one. you have full freedom to decide the content and style of the group.net . will it be a mailing list. will it be a web forum or will it be a collaborative inbox style of group whereby visitors can freely provide their own topics for discussion and content. Managing them is easy via the online interface Your Groups All of your active Google Groups will be listed on the main Groups page. For example. it is only polite to add a welcome message for everyone else who comes to visit – be they friends of yours or random strollers. With your groups set up. 128 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. When setting up a new group. You can invite other Google users to join your group personally or you can announce it on Google+ and big it up to try to persuade your circles to visit. Get the message Your Google Groups As you are the chief administrator for your Groups. Group settings Community Click on the cog icon to access the settings for group. you can easily add posts and then go to town making the group page look as attractive as possible thanks to various themes – all of which you can access through the settings menu. After your first post you will be notified that your group lacks a message. you can set up as many as you want and monitor them with ease through a simple interface.Google WorldMags. These include options to tailor the way it is displayed. Click on one to select it and then add posts and content to flesh it out and make it interesting to visit. such as adding themes. Creating your own group page is a quick and easy way of doing this and thanks to Google’s intuitive Groups service.
Once all the necessary info has been entered and all adjustments made.WorldMags. 4: Select group type 5: Click Create 6: Start working it up Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will see a section called ‘Group type’. a window will appear that lets you fine-tune details of your profile. You can now invite other Google users to join your group (it’s good to have some quality content uploaded to hook them). click on Post. click on the More menu and then select ‘Even more’.net Tricks ✓ Groups Setting up a new group 1: Go to Google Groups 2: Create a new group 3: Fill in the details From the main Google page. such as email list or forum. then make adjustments to permissions. Once your group has been created you’ll be presented with three options: to invite people to join your group. click on the red Create button at the top of the window and you will then have to type a verification code to complete the process. As you don’t have any up and running yet. From the list. Enter details for name. click on the ‘Create group’ button at the top to start the construction process. When done. click on Groups. announce it to everyone via Google+ and save it as a favourite. customise the settings for it. This will take you through to a page of additional services that Google offers. Give it a subject and. if required. some body text and then. when you are ready to go live with it. The creation page has numerous text fields to fill in regarding the type of group you’re creating. of course. Here you can give yourself a nickname and change your profile picture. 7: Start posting 8: Final adjustments 9: Start promotion process Click on the posting option and then you will be able to compose your first post.net Google Tips & Tricks 129 . After posting. click on ‘Save my changes’. and add topics and start off the posting process. WorldMags. You will be taken through to the main Groups management screen. Click on this dropdown menu and then choose the type of group you want to create. contact email and description.
blogs. or simply following your favourite sports team. monitoring a developing news story. Receiving your digest as a text email is not as aesthetically pleasing. How to get web content personally delivered Search query Enter keywords into the space provided here to start finding sources of content on the internet that relate to your interests. By default.net Alerts Get content you’re interested in emailed to you via Google Alerts Get the articles that matter to you delivered automatically by Google to your email inbox G oogle Alerts works by allowing you to set up web searches for articles of interest and then getting emails that are automatically sent to you by Google when items that match your search criteria develop. If the topic is quite obscure then you won’t get notified of developments as frequently as something that is currently trending. Preview materials Alert options Samples of the sources for your content will be listed in this window as soon as you start inputting keywords into the query box. discussions or everything – the frequency and so on. such as helping you find out what is being said about a particular company or product. To start using Google Alerts. keeping up to date on a competitor or industry. You can determine the basic frequency of the emails that you receive.Google WorldMags. Here we show you how to set up and use Alerts. just enter a search query and then Google Alerts will check regularly to see if there are new results that match it. so the text will appear as it would on a typical Google search in your browser. but some may find it easier to read. These could be webpages. 130 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. the emails you get will be in HTML. Use the drop-down menus provided to determine the style of content – be it news. newspaper articles or blogs – anything that matches your search terms – making Google Alerts a very useful service for monitoring things on the web. but the number of emails you get also depends on the content that you are querying. videos. Text or HTML emails? Setting up Alerts On your Alerts management screen you will see an option called ‘Switch to text emails’. If there are then Google Alerts will send them to you in an email.net . Be as specific as possible. It’s incredibly easy to use and has many benefits.
which is particularly useful when you want to stay abreast of news. sport or entertainment events. enter ‘Jobs’ into the search query box and set the rest of the options – such as frequency and the result type – to suit your tastes using the various drop-down menus.WorldMags. Just ensure that you enter as many keywords as is applicable to whittle down the possibilities. which will list your chosen alerts. You can also export your alerts as a CSV file to take with you anywhere. Scroll down to the bottom of the alert email and you will see links that you can click on to delete. But once you have set up alerts and they are linked to your account.com/intl/en/about/products/ and then click on the Alerts service.net Google Tips & Tricks 131 . Here you can click on Edit to change any aspects that you are unhappy with. a preview of the type of results you’ll get will appear in the window to the right. you will be taken through to the main Alerts page. WorldMags. including a search query. place a tick in the box next to an alert and click Delete. Click on ‘Manage your Alerts’. Alerts make it easy to monitor a developing news story or to keep tabs on a business competitor. 4: Review your alert 5: Get new digests 6: Monitor events After creating the alert. Used correctly. Alerts is a simple and convenient means of getting articles of interest delivered to you. create or manage alerts. you may wish to cancel some when no longer needed. Keep refining your searches until you find the content that you want.google. For the purpose of this tutorial. you can get them beamed to all of your other devices anyway. frequency and so on. As creating new alerts will lead to increased email traffic. 7: Manage on the fly 8: Exporting alerts 9: Deleting alerts You can even manage your alerts from within the emails that are sent to you. Whenever you type keywords into the search query. You will now be presented with a list of criteria.net Tricks ✓ Alerts Setting up new alerts 1: Go to Alerts 2: Enter query 3: Preview sources Go to www.
under the current conditions. Google Maps is also hot on images. including a much better Earth. plus new traffic and navigation functionality T he new Google Maps is much improved on the old version. You can also leave ratings for places and see what other people think. There are thousands of photographs which help to form an overall image of an area and give you a better flavour of what is around. gives real-time updates and it looks much better in this version. looking through your search history and where your friends have been in the hunt for clues. For a start. You can see that any roads that are green will be clear. The information is constantly updated. 132 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. whether by car or public transport. for instance. the better it should get. The reviews integrate well and it feels like an app rather than a desktop application. which gives more area for the map itself.net Familiarise yourself with the new Google Maps Google Maps was recently given a facelift. Things move rather fast and it can second-guess what you will be searching for. while red ones are likely to be jammed. you can see anything that stands out and other helpful items. on the roads around London there are areas of red which denote jams. Whenever you click on the map. You even get an indication of how long. Using Google Maps’ fast live updates Live updates This is your key to the traffic situation. from related places to the best way of reaching the destination.Google Maps WorldMags. but others that are yellow or a paler red which are heading towards greater delays. Interactive maps Looking for traffic hotspots The new Google Maps service brings a fresh level of interactivity. The more you use it. All of this has been made possible because Google Maps has been rebuilt from the ground up.net . for instance. it will take you to get there. Earth has been fully integrated to replace the satellite view and searches and clicks are tailored for your needs. we’ll look at some general points. Many of the user interface elements have been removed. Traffic. Current travel time The roads Google Maps tells you the expected time for your journey and this is based on the traffic situation as well as the distance. As you can see. it’ll learn the kinds of restaurants you like. In this tutorial. But you can also see alternative routes.
The route is clearly shown on the map so you can see just where it will take you. real-time information to show you where you will be fine and where you may hit trouble. You can click on that route in order to make it more prominent.com/maps/about/explore/ and click on Try Now. Click the option for directions and you will be able to input where you are going from and where you are heading. 4: Search for directions 5: Different options 6: Full directions Although you can type a search term in the search box. From here you can also access a range of images at the bottom of the screen. you can call up the mileage and you can then click on an option called ‘Step-by-step’. the one with fewer transfers or less walking.WorldMags. train or tram. By clicking on the Drive tab. This shows you everything you need to do to get to your destination. It tells us when the next train is due and how long it will take. 7: Alternative routes 8: Select a preference 9: Traffic information You may well be shown an alternative route. you can also find directions. By double-clicking on an image. click the corresponding box. you can see it in full-screen. Earth has been fully integrated to replace the satellite view. State which form of transport you prefer to use. you can see the landscape in greater detail. 1: New Earth view Go to www.net Google Tips & Tricks 133 . click it. Click on ‘Show traffic’ and Google Maps will use fast. If you’re not using Chrome. otherwise go Back to Map by clicking this feature in the bottom-left corner. subway. WorldMags. Here we have tried to find the best route from Manchester to Birmingham.net Tricks ✓ Maps Understanding the new Maps 2: View from Earth 3: See an image Using the Earth view. whether it is bus.google. You can now narrow down the options. If you wish to go back to Earth. This is colour-coded with green for fast and red for slow. you’ll be prompted to do so. You can select the best route. It also informs us of the length of time it takes to drive. These are photos taken by users that you can view.
when you get used to the new way of doing things. admittedly. but it still remains. was very easy to use. sleep. and this caused a lot of consternation among some users. While Latitude was not the most popular in terms of the number of people who used it day-in. Simply swipe right from the left side of the screen with your finger to bring up a list of options. but at least each app isn’t trying to be everything to everyone. You have to split your tasks across two apps now. It’s not as simple and quick as it was when within Google Maps. day-out. Google Maps and social networking was missing. 134 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. when used on Android’s Maps. The dropping of Latitude has. Maps Check out the Latitude-like options 1: View maps 2: See menu 3: Tap search This is the main screen of the new Google Maps app. What it all means is that Google Maps is primarily about finding your geolocation rather than social networking. with a large search bar across the top of the screen while the map itself takes up the rest of the space. It uses Google Now-style cards. features a location option and it is here that the feature for checking in is located. there is a sense of Google Now about the way in which you access the menu. completely rebuilt Maps service. annoyed some people. so we look at how to use the replacement options in Maps and Google+ W hen Google launched its new.net . It features a much cleaner interface than the original app. Suddenly this combination of geolocation. however.net Maps and Google+ Discover the replacement options for Latitude Google has retired Latitude. The Google+ social network.Google WorldMags. and you can discover places to eat. As with most Google apps nowadays. those who discovered it loved the check-in feature that. drink and shop. we take a look at some of the changes that have been made to the Google Maps app and look specifically at the Latitude options that you can still use when you are in Google+. The idea is that you find out more about your surroundings. you find that it becomes second nature to toggle between the two apps – Google+ and Maps – on your device. Tap on the search box to call up the Explore options. one of the most glaring omissions was the loss of the Latitude feature. however. In this tutorial.
acquaintances and any work-related ones you may have. WorldMags. so you can combine location and social networking in one.net Google Tips & Tricks 135 . so that you can get the most out of the area you’re exploring. There are ratings. There are reviews and each card gives an indication of just how far away the service is. Zoom in using your fingers. You can choose from your entire circle down to friends. Probably best not to make it public. An image is displayed together with their name. Here we can see those ratings – for some restaurants in our current locality in this example. The Google+ app makes use of maps so that you can see exactly where people (who have opted to share their location information) are. curated lists and local offers too.net Tricks ✓ 4: Narrow down 5: Ratings and more 6: Google+ The Explore section breaks down into specific micro areas ranging from cafes to clothing and entertainment. It is also a good idea to build your Google+ profile so that people can get a better idea of your interests. family.WorldMags. It also gives an indication of price. Many of the social functions that used to make up Latitude within Google Maps are contained within Google+. 7: Location settings 8: Locating people 9: Build a profile You can specify who you would like to be made aware of your location. Download this app and enable location sharing so that your current location is visible to others. Google+ lets you socialise and chat too.
such as this fascinating fact about the depth of the Grand Canyon.net Take a tour of famous places using Google Earth Get more out of a location by viewing a virtual tour of the area or even creating your own for others to view A s well as manually hopping from destination to destination in Google Earth and viewing the environment around you at each location. you are able to sit back and enjoy some tours. Both are easy to do. save it to My Places. Even so. When you click the Play button. find it and hit the icon that has three circles displayed on it to start the tour. It will begin. There are some built-in tours that take you around some of the world’s most popular destinations. Then in Places. but you can also become very creative and produce your own. when you play back. Anything that has a time on it is playable moving footage. Get the most out of seeing the world Explanations Google Earth has explanations of what you can see in written form. 136 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. you are able to enter the main 3D window and drag around on the lands. complete with information that helps you to get more out of what you are seeing. At any point during a tour. Google Earth has controls that allow you to start and stop your recordings and. the tour will resume. with images of major capitals and landmarks being the most contemporary.net . Delights of a tour Touring directions It is also possible to have a route displayed in the 3D viewer and for you to fly along that route using the tour feature. There are a couple of ways of doing this. You could insert a route and have Google Earth fly over it so you can see where you are going or you can produce a bespoke tour that you control. The data is as up to date as possible. Create a route and.Google Earth WorldMags. you are able to go back in time using an historical slider to see how the landscape looked in days gone by. Tour Guide Drag around Here you can see many aspects which make up the built-in tours in Google Earth. This can be narrated if you wish. taking viewers on a journey. as our tutorial shows. you can depart from the action and explore at your own leisure before returning once more. This too can be included in your tours. at the end of the directions.
You can also add narration. You can now begin to produce your own tour.WorldMags. These are placed under My Places and they include delights such as the Eiffel Tower. Tap the microphone button and start to speak. One icon is to start and stop recording. Recording stops when you tap the Record button again. goes back to 1945 but Manchester only until 2000. for example. If you would like to see what an area was like in the past. Everything you do will appear in the tour. Click Record and begin to move around the environment. the other for speech. you can control it by using the tour controls that appear. go back and forth. All saved tours are placed in the Places panel for later viewing and sharing. When you have finished. Click the ‘Record a Tour’ button found in the toolbar in Google Earth (sixth icon from the left). the Grand Canyon and Christ the Redeemer. moving around the environment to produce a mini-movie. You can then save the tour by clicking the disk icon.net When the tour begins to play in the 3D window. A slider will appear on the screen in the top left-hand corner showing a time range. The record controls appear. repeat the tour or save it. Not all areas of Google Earth can go back in time to a large degree. helping potential viewers of your tour to understand what they are seeing. London. You will see an icon that looks like a small video camera to the left of a playable tour (next to ‘Start tour here’ in our example). Google Tips & Tricks 137 . These allow you to play and pause.net Tricks ✓ Earth Play and create tours 1: Find a tour 2: Play a tour 3: Controlling a tour 4: Create a tour 5: Start recording 6: Add narration 7: Save the tour 8: Back in time Go to the Places panel and double-click on a tour that you like the look of. 9: Past and future Use the slider to move back and forth through time. then go to View>Historical Imagery. tap the mic button again. WorldMags. Click the Tour Guide option at the bottom left to see more tours.
using your mouse or the on-screen controls. explorative tool that helps to build up a knowledge of the Red Planet in a way that formal lessons or even a TV programme could not. An information panel is shown so you can gain a greater knowledge of the landing.net See the trail of Curiosity There are more panoramic views available of Mars by going to 360cities. Clicking on this option will let you see just where Curiosity did land. Google Earth lets you see images and video from the rover and you can also see exactly where it is using the powerful mapping tool that gives you an idea of the landscape in which it roams. You can zoom around and see the Red Planet at your leisure. Some of these you will have to search for (type Curiosity in the search box). It makes it a fun. There are panoramic views to enjoy. and there is a lot of information to help you make greater sense of what you are seeing on your desktop. Using 360cities.net . keep drilling down through the options until you find it.net. selecting Layers and then finding ‘Rovers and Landers’ under Mars Gallery. 138 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Getting into the Mars information pages within Google Earth shows even more about the rover and the mission. If in doubt. but others will be available from the front page. The trail Gale crater landing site This red line shows where the Curiosity Rover has been so you can chart its progress as it makes its way across the Red Planet.net See where the MSL Curiosity Rover is on Mars The Red Planet comes alive like never before when you view it from the eyes of the rover sent to Mars in 2012 T he MSL Curiosity Rover landed on Mars in August 2012 and Google has been with it all the way. It is firing rock-melting lasers. Map the progress of the MSL Curiosity Rover Your options The main options for the rover are to the left-hand side in this window. which makes the rock glow and allows the rover to analyse it and see the elements it contains. Curiosity will continue on its mission for some time yet. with the ability to turn a full 360 degrees. Getting to it is as easy as choosing Mars. You can not only see where Curiosity landed but also other potential landing places.Google Earth WorldMags. taking even more images and video as NASA attempts to discover more about Mars.
you are able to view so many different images and videos. 7: Explore the maps 8: Seeing Curiosity’s images 9: Panoramic views If you click back on the options under MSL Curiosity Rover in the left-hand menu.WorldMags. When you open it. The planet Mars will now come into view. Click the latter and select MSL Curiosity Rover. WorldMags. you will need to look for the planet icon in the top bar. You can search for specific areas using the Search facility in the top left-hand corner.net Google Tips & Tricks 139 . it locates the rover and then explains it. You will see in the left-hand menu a series of options which range from Spacecraft Imagery to a gallery. and Rovers and Landers. you can discover so much more. From here you can discover more about the mission. Select Panoramas from the left menu and you can see Mars from ground level and move around at will to explore it from an entirely new perspective. There are raw images. Click this and change it from Earth to Mars. Or you can view images. search and participate. you can see the progress of the mission on the map. recent videos. historic maps. But if you click on the first link in the pop-up window. Use the mouse to move around the landscape. The map will show you the trail of the Curiosity Rover so you can see where it has come from. 4: Finding Curiosity data 5: The discovery centre 6: The multimedia section When you double-click the MSL Curiosity Rover option from the menu. By clicking on Multimedia. see the latest news. which shows the environment around the landing site. Here we can locate the position of the rover. an archive and interactives that are built up as the mission progresses. The link calls up a brilliant Curiosity Rover resource within Google Earth. You can also see its first hi-res colour mosaic.net Tricks ✓ Earth Explore the planet Mars 1: Find Mars maps 2: Viewing the planet 3: Find Curiosity Rover Download and install Google Earth if you haven’t done so already. It will turn and home in on a particular spot.
You soon master them though and whether you are flying a slow or fast craft. In the centre is the pitch angle in degrees. 140 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. but flight sims are rarely easy. Controls In this bottom-left visual you see the throttle.net . best of all. Flying through the air Controlling your aircraft Land your plane When you come to land the plane. You need to find an airstrip or somewhere flat. both give you a wonderful bird’s-eye view. you can fly over it in one of two planes and feel as if you are exploring properly by air. you need get a few things right. you can use a mouse and this is in conjunction with a keyboard. As well as using a joystick. Altitude It is worth keeping an eye on the altitude when flying. using the Flight Simulator feature G oogle Earth’s Flight Simulator brings a fresh dimension to your maps. in Google Earth Head-up display This head-up display shows you everything you need in order to fly your aircraft. aileron and elevator. But whatever computer you use.net Fly around the world using Google Earth’s Flight Simulator Soar high above cities. for example. Instead of zooming in from one place to the next and using your mouse to move around the surface of a map. You can see your speed in knots. Page Up is usually gained by using the Fn key with the Up arrow and again this doesn’t always work. In these cases. Access is instant and it is great that you can be in a location and decide to fly right over it. hills and countryside in a plane of your choice. it is free. Then press Page Down to reduce thrust and tap G to extend the landing gear. you will have lots of fun with the Flight Simulator and. The controls are the most fiddly part.Google Tips Tricks Earth WorldMags. Note that users of the wireless Mac keyboard will come unstuck with the Page Up key that we reference below and which works to boost the thrust of the plane – it doesn’t exist on these keyboards. fly from a location rather than an airport. to ensure that you do not get too high and find yourself soaring into the sky. rudder. Now press F to increase the flap setting and use the wheel brakes to slow down using the comma and full-stop keys.
we don’t want to keep heading down like this otherwise we will crash. Up and down gives elevator push and pull.net Tricks Tricks Tips ✓ Earth Take off with the Flight Simulator 1: Enter Flight Simulator 2: Select an aircraft 3: Select an airport Open Google Earth and go to Tools. you will take off. Tap the Tour Guide tab in the bottom-left corner and you can see places of interest around the area where you are flying. WorldMags. We are slightly off-balance here. you need to move the mouse or your joystick down slightly. In order to get going. which you will find in the main menu bar. 4: On the runway 5: In the air 6: Get your balance Here we are on the runway. The cursor becomes a cross. This increases the thrust. When you do you can start to look around. You are able to make a selection of airport if you wish to start from scratch and actually take off yourself. it will pick this up too and allow you to use it. The Home key brings the elevator trim nose down and End brings it up. and select Enter Flight Simulator. This will immediately take you to the setup for this function. We want to get the wings level. If you have a joystick enabled. As the speed builds. You can check how low you are by looking at the altitude (feet above sea level). Alter direction by making slight movements with the mouse.WorldMags. so use the arrow keys and press Alt/Option for a slow move or use Ctrl/Cmd for fast. There is F-16 Viper or a SR22 four-seat propeller. Otherwise you can use the location you were viewing in Google Earth as the start. 7: Pulling up 8: Get in low 9: See tour guide Now. Why not choose to fly from the location you are at? This way you can instantly fly low over buildings that you know.net Google Tips & Tricks 141 . you need to press the Page Up key. You can choose from one of two aircraft. Having got the plane moving. Tapping it takes you out of the Flight Simulator and into the map mode. Click the mouse in the centre of the screen.
This makes it easier to discover the location of planets. The built-in compass. since the light that you are seeing from it has taken years – sometimes thousands or even millions of them – to reach your eye. which we explore here. 1919. So you can decide what level of control you want. GPS and clock combine to give you a display of the area your smartphone or tablet is facing. If you would like to go for popular dates. Google Sky Map is an amazing Android app.net . When you move the device. Google Sky Map lets you time-travel even further. the next full moon or even the Apollo 11 moon landing and the solar eclipse of May 29. grids or constellations – you can choose to view only the elements that you want to see and also be shown just how far away the various planets and stars are from your current location. Sky Map Find the stars 1: Time travel 2: Selecting times 3: Popular dates You can view the stars in the sky at any point in time. then you can select from the next evening sunset. To make sense of what you can see. Being able to go back and forth like this.Google WorldMags. is important for anyone with a serious interest in astronomy. The Sky Map app will display a window which will include a drop-down for the most popular dates as well as the ability to select a date and time of your own choosing. You are getting a glimpse of the past whenever you see a star shining in the sky. You can find out where the International Space Station should be at a particular time in the evening. The app is not restricted to letting you know how the constellations line up at that particular moment. or you can figure the direction of a meteor shower and when it will be taking place. and it enables the use of the powerful search engine to pinpoint other objects in the sky. choosing specific dates and times. Tap the Menu button and go to Time Travel. By letting you zoom in and out and strip away layers – be they planets. 142 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. the next morning sunrise.net Sky Map Stargaze into the future with Google Sky Map Google Sky Map lets you time-travel Ð the night will never be the same again S targazing is fascinating. the map adjusts. for example. You can see how stars appeared in the sky years ago and you can also view how they will appear in the future.
net Tricks ✓ 4: Bespoke dates 5: Select a time 6: Magic happens But if you want to find a certain date and time.net Google Tips & Tricks 143 . Use the checkboxes to make your choice. To search for specific items in the sky. Type in a search term – for example. Here you can either use the calendar or the up and down functions to specify a date. 7: Night mode 8: Display settings 9: Search the sky If you intend to use the app at night. You can show stars. including the year. where you need to tap Go! Now the app will go back in time. You can tell the app just what you want it to display. The screen will turn a shade of purple as it does this and you will be shown the time it is heading for. the RA/Dec grid and the horizon. You can go back and forth in time. planets. Again. then you can tap ‘Change the Date’. use the up and down functions in order to get the exact time that you want to use. constellations. Venus – and a circle appears. When ready. Now you need to select a time. tap Done and you will go back to the main window. Follow the circle’s arrow until you locate it.WorldMags. which is accessed via the Menu button. Tap the Menu button and select Night Mode to turn it on. meteor showers. Use the arrow keys left and right to move forward or back in time in seconds. it is worth slipping it into night mode so that the on-screen imagery turns red and so doesn’t adversely affect your night vision. WorldMags. Messier objects. use the Search function.
keeping blogs or running ads. in any language you like 158 Undertake research and collect citations using Google Scholar 160 Digitise a business card with Google Goggles 162 Turn Google Chrome into your online office 164 Get all of your news feed saved into one place 166 Shuttle webpages between your desktop and your mobile 168 Run Google Drive from your desktop computer 170 Share and collaborate on Google Docs 172 Show a presentation from your tablet or smartphone 144 Google Tips & Tricks 202 Manage your account through 174 Keep your life in order with Google Dashboard Google Keep 204 Secure your Google account to 176 Manage your Keep notes while keep your data profile safe you’re on the go 206 Download all your data using 178 Create. Google can help 146 Stay on top of the latest hot web topics with Google Trends 148 Search more accurately using the advanced tools 150 Make the most of your Google Web History 152 Add the Google Toolbar to your Internet Explorer browser 154 Use Google Now to keep everything on track 156 Converse with anyone.net .Google WorldMags. organise and share your Google Takeaway calendars 180 Plan a daily agenda with Google Calendar 182 Use Google Finance to follow the market 184 Allow users to comment on Blogger using Google+ 186 Save your own reading list of blog content 176 Get the Keep app 188 Set up themes using the Google Sites layout editor 190 Put your pages together to develop your site 192 Begin your first AdWords campaign today 194 Monitor your site’s performance in Google Analytics 196 Connect your Analytics and AdWords accounts 198 Add Google apps and services to your website 200 Take a course to learn app 178 Share your calendars development WorldMags.net Productivity Tricks Productivity Whether you’re working in the cloud.
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and you can also use it to catch up on the most important news.Google WorldMags. You can also look back to see what ‘was’ popular. This makes the Trends service just as useful when you’re offline. Website owners can use it to enable keywords that will drive more traffic to their sites. and there is even the ability to download the results to analyse later. companies always need to know what is popular. The features explained The most popular The Hot Searches and Top Charts reveal what is trending. So much detail The map shows what is popular where in the world. the top trends are of course changing every second and this is reflected in a variety of ways. Google Trends Why Trends? You may be asking why you would need to know what the popular search terms of the moment are. The results may be surprising when you look at the detail. Research it all All of the results you see can be downloaded for later analysis. At any point. but Google has also helpfully broken the trends down into categories if you are interested in a particular topic. using Google Trends. 146 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. a page that you can search within for specific terms. but you may also be surprised at the varied uses for this data. Every single search Via the Explore option. We will show you how to make the most of all of the Google Trends features and also where to find them all.net . Hot Searches shows in detail what is being searched for in real-time and a new feature lets you visualise these results in a modern tiled view that looks good in any browser. This enables it to scour all of the searches that are being undertaken at any time and present them for you to check during the day. The Top Charts section shows what is popular over a period of your choosing and will also be broken down by country. you can ask for detailed data on any search term and add limiting criteria to fine-tune it. The feature set continues with Explore.net Trends Stay on top of Google Trends Google Trends is the best way to understand what is popular on the web at this very second G oogle is in the perfect position to offer real-time information on what are the most popular searches of the moment thanks to its domination of the web search market.
In the left-hand column you will also see a Top Charts option. There are options to choose image searches and other variants.net Tricks ✓ Trends Understand the trending topics 1: The main page 2: Hot Searches 3: Use the column Go to www. You can click any result here. Notice the single graphic there. 7: Be specific 8: Search for anything 9: Dig even deeper In the Top Charts section you will see two small boxes at the top. all of the way back to the year 2004. are a host of useful features to help you understand the latest trends. In the left-hand column you will see a simple list of options. Hidden within the options. Click the date box to view the top charts for a particular month.google. Click it to continue. Click any of them to view the standard Google search listing for it. Geographical data is also included.uk/trends. plus countries and categories. The Hot Searches will now be displayed in different colours for each category and will revolve as they change.co. WorldMags.net Google Tips & Tricks 147 . Click it to view a screen showing all of the top searches broken down by category. You will be presented with a timeline and stats for related terms. In the same page you can also break down the search results in even finer detail. however. click and select some boxes and then release to show more terms. Click any link from the list and you will be taken to a standard listing showing a Google Search for the term in question. Hot Searches is presented by default on the main page. Click the Explore option on the left and then enter a specific term in the search box. where you will be presented with a rather sparse webpage. Hover over the small square at the top left. which is a link to the visualisation screen for Hot Searches.WorldMags. 4: Huge text 5: Hot and visual 6: Top Charts You will now see one search term shown in huge text which dominates the screen.
find books and apps. 148 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. The simplistic search page also lets you compare the prices of products. Google offers many tools that will let you search for images. Click ‘Search tools’ to bring up this row of powerful options. Advanced searching Exact phrases. patents and news sites are available.net Search Search more accurately using the advanced tools Specify exactly what you need to find and narrow down your results by using advanced search tools M ost people use Google Search every day and accept the results that are presented. It cannot do this 100 per cent of the time. but there are ways to improve your results. SafeSearch is available via the cog on the righthand side of the search page and will filter out adult content from your results. The Advanced Search option lets you specify more than one term and you can choose what to include and what to avoid. Blogs.Google WorldMags. which should bring results that are as near to your requirements as possible. but for research and more serious undertakings they offer a lot of benefits and time savings which should prove useful to you. Locations and times Narrow down results by choosing when and where they are. Lots of tools in one place Powerful image searching Image searching can be very precise. but there will be times when you need to limit them. despite the fact that the internet is an immeasurably large place. exact sizes or even the style. languages. You can choose colours. For most tasks you will not need these tools. SafeSearch Search layout Google Search is designed to offer all of the results possible. This is perfectly reasonable because the results are almost always accurate and fit the search term that has been inputted. and jump to Google Maps if you need a particular location. If you use the search tools wisely. discussions. Types of result You can also specify where you want to get your results from. but is useful if you let your children use Google. reading levels and where terms appear on a page can be selected in the advanced search option.net . such as faces or drawings. This lets you find the most obscure results. you will have the ability to find anything in seconds. locations and other nontext references with ease and even these can be expanded upon to let you find exact image sizes and the type of images you require.
a link to the original page and similar images are also shown.net Tricks ✓ Search Use advanced tools to search 1: Find the option 2: Image searching 3: Detailed image information When you complete a search in Google you will be presented with a standard list of weblinks. but it can be extremely accurate. The size. Click the Images option to be presented with a grid of related images. This will let you find exactly what you need in a couple of clicks. WorldMags. some of which contain further page links. but they can be. When in the standard Google Search view. videos and many other categories. Click on any image to see it expand and to view information about it. a standard search page will appear. Notice the row of options at the top. Tap the cog on the right-hand side of the page and you will see an ‘Advanced search’ option. click ‘Search tools’ again to choose locations. Expect to receive no results on occasion. You can even specify non-visited pages. This feature offers very specific searching. Once you have entered the exact parameters you are looking for.WorldMags. an exact time frame or only pages from your own country.net Google Tips & Tricks 149 . news. 7: There’s always more 8: Even more advanced 9: Extremely specific results The More option offers a method of narrowing down the results to blogs. a choice of colour and even the time it was published. Clicking Maps will immediately present a Google Map showing the location of your search result. Multiple results will be listed on the left-hand side and one more click will present a new map. Click it and take some time to check out all of the boxes on this particular page. You can right-click to copy it. 4: Sizes and colours 5: Define pages 6: Words and maps You can also click the ‘Search tools’ option and then choose what size image you need. These are laid out in the most relevant order and not narrowed down in any way.
your data will remain as safe as all of your other Google data. If you have set a strong password. For example. you can simply look back and see everything that you found. but you should take full advantage. Web History offers a view into your world that you may not have thought possible. including emails and documents. A look at the information available in Web History The trends The graphs show your trending searches and pages visited. result and page visit is listed for you to peruse. but it offers many benefits. and preferably 2-step authentication. Every entry Each result is clickable and has a box that you can use to delete. This can be useful if others use your computer. Even the time is listed. Broken down Everything from your video views to the ads you see are available by choosing the categories in the left column. plus a star to mark it as a favourite.Google WorldMags. 150 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. but it’s a treasure trove of information and will tell you everything you need to know about your activity on the web. Day by day You can see your history on any given day by simply clicking a date on the calendar. you aways have the opportunity to disable the feature with one click. The detail is quite surprising at first because there is so much of it. Don’t panic Detailed data Don’t worry too much about the data that is stored in Web History because it is part of the Google system and is needed to offer you the quick and efficient web experience you are used to.net . if you found some interesting information two days ago and did not note it down. but you should also be aware that the data is yours and that a password is needed to view it. You may be surprised at just how much you use Google. It can be useful for monitoring your own habits and activities. The fact that you can easily disable it is a bonus. Only you can see this data and if you are overly concerned. and other uses for this data are endless.net Web History Make the most of your Web History How do you enable Web History and what exactly does it do? We explain this useful feature T he Web History feature is not often talked about. The results are taken when you are signed into your Google account while browsing and every search.
As soon as you see the Web History page it becomes apparent that a lot of information is stored here. WorldMags. Click the cog on the right-hand side and then select Settings to be presented with a simple screen. 7: Delete specific activity 8: Quick favourites 9: Disable web history You can delete individual searches and their results by ticking the box next to any entry. The left-hand column is used to help you narrow down your historic visits. Simply click on the star to turn it yellow and make the weblink into a favourite for future reference. Click on Settings from the bottom-right and then select ‘Web History’ to proceed further.net Google Tips & Tricks 151 . Everything from web searches to images is covered and available in complete detail with full daily results intact.WorldMags. but is required because your historical data contains lots of personal information about your habits. You’ll have to enter your Google password to view Web History. You can click any date in the calendar on the right to see exactly what your web activity was on that day. All of your results will have a star to the right of them. This may seem inconvenient at first. The results for each day are complete and can be surprisingly long.net Tricks ✓ Web History Understand Web History 1: Where is it? 2: Security is key 3: So much information The Web History feature is not visible on the main Google page and as such requires some finding. Click ‘Remove items’ at the top and they will be deleted from your historic results immediately. Each result is clickable. Here you can disable the Web History functionality by clicking the ‘Turn off’ button. You may be surprised to know that this is just the tip of the iceberg. 4: Check the trends 5: Check each day 6: Narrow it down Click the ‘Show more trends’ option just below the graphs at the top to see a list of your top clicks. most used queries and most searched-for sites. It helps you keep track.
which you can click on to reference whatever webpage you are looking at on Google+. as updates could widen its user base over the coming months. It’s a great way to breathe new life into your browser if you aren’t quite ready to go with Chrome. 152 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. although we can confirm that Internet Explorer is a proven host for this cool add-on. Your toolbar Once installed and activated. your Google Toolbar will provide instant access to a range of useful features.net Toolbar (via Internet Explorer) Add the Google Toolbar to your Internet Explorer browser How to take Google with you everywhere on the web. In this tutorial we will guide you through the process of downloading. then all of these features are already built into the interface. This is an all too common occurrence. Google+ features The toolbar adds a ‘+1’ button. a button to instantly share content through your Google+ account. Chrome. though. plus a button to ‘+1’ anything that you think is cool. Google Toolbar is a free download that you can install on Internet Explorer. Of course. Into this you can write a comment and share it with friends. installing and running Google Toolbar through Internet Explorer. Once installed. using a handy omnipresent toolbar in your Windows browser A s Google has so many services and products. if you use Google’s own web browser. but if you are using Internet Explorer then Google Toolbar will help you speed up your productivity and online sociability by allowing you to easily hook up with your other Google services. Your share window A pop-up window will appear when you click on Share. Don’t give up hope of never having it on your preferred browser.net .Google WorldMags. Browser incompatibility Google Toolbar Exploring the benefits that your Toolbar provides When trying to install Google Toolbar you may be told it isn’t compatible with your browser. even when you are casually browsing the web. it used to work with more browsers but those have since been updated to make the Toolbar redundant. Share stuff Now you can instantly share anything you find on the web by clicking on the Share button in the toolbar. it will provide extra Google functionality to your browser by placing a toolbar across the top of your browser window that provides a search engine. it has found a way to cleverly link them all together.
net Google Tips & Tricks 153 . Once you have got GoogleToolbar up and running successfully. then click on ‘Accept and Install’. rightclick on the Command toolbar and then click the checkbox next to Google Toolbar. click on the ‘Sign In’ option in the topright corner. The Google Toolbar will now be in effect and sits at the top of your browser. Click this. Select them and then click on the ‘Enable All’ option at the bottom of the screen. If your Toolbar still isn’t displayed correctly. it is safe to reopen the one you installed Toolbar on. If your Google Toolbar isn’t being displayed correctly. Take a moment to read up on all of the information on offer and review the search settings. Ensure that all of your web browsers are closed and then click on this option. This way you will get all of the benefits of personalised search results and the ‘+1’ button. Once the installation process is complete you will get a notification box asking you to Restart Now. You will be informed of its features via a pop-up window.com/toolbar and you will be able to read all about this service and what it offers.net Tricks ✓ Internet Explorer Installing and using Google Toolbar 2: Download Toolbar 3: Restart now You will now be taken through to the Google Toolbar installation screen. click on the cog icon in the top-right corner of the screen to access your Settings menu and then click on the ‘Manage Add-Ons’ option. They will either say New or Disabled. 1: Go to website Go to www. You may have to tick the ‘Command off’ option to make room for it. 4: Relaunch your browser 5: Your new Toolbar 6: Troubleshooting Once all of your web browsers have quit. 7: Enable options 8: Another option 9: Sign in On the next screen. In the top-right corner of the screen will be a ‘Download Google Toolbar’ button. You will see a message at the bottom of the screen – click on the Enable option. WorldMags. the most significant is the ‘+1’ button that is linked to Google+. scroll down to the two Google Toolbar options.google.WorldMags.
154 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. There is a huge variety of information-packed ‘cards’ available and over time more of them will come in to play as you use the various other Google apps and services on your device. making it the perfect virtual assistant to help you get things done. Add to this some very clever reminders where you can request an alert to be shown when you reach a specific location and you start to see the benefits on offer from Google Now. because weather forecasts are included in the Google Now information alongside stock prices and so much more.Google Now WorldMags. A new confirmation screen will then appear. tap the Menu button and then select the Settings option.net . by learning whatÕs important to you G oogle Now is a magical service that may well feel slightly unnerving when you first start using it. Google Now is able to look at your searches and your daily routines and respond accordingly. That upcoming flight can be updated in real-time and all of your appointments are shown for good measure. It doesn’t end there. such as work) and it also includes a short-range forecast. Also. A card will always be displayed showing the current weather for your location (and any other important places. but it is merely the result of some clever programming that can help you with everyday activities. For instance. Read through the instructional cards to learn about how the Google Now system works and delete them as you proceed. Its ability to know where you are and to predict what you will be doing in the future may seem strange.net Use Google Now to keep everything on track Now can help you in every aspect of your daily living. check out the sample cards to see what kind of things are available to you. Tap it to see even more detail and a longer forecast. Make sure that Google Now is switched to On. however. Now Live with Google Now 1: Set it up 2: Simple instructions 3: The weather Open the Google Search app on your Android device. your daily commute can be shown in map form and the potential traffic calculated to give you an estimate of the journey time. It’s time to learn how to use it and to understand just how beneficial it can be every single day.
7: Dealing with reminders 8: Simple searches 9: Everything is covered Press the Menu button and then select Settings from the list of options. So you’ll know exactly when it is likely to land.net Tricks ✓ 4: The daily commute 5: Interactive cards 6: Location-based reminders By using location-tracking data. WorldMags. stocks and places will be listed ready to edit or delete if and when you need to. and so can results for your favourite sports teams alongside all of your searches and reminders.net Google Tips & Tricks 155 . Any search will be shown as a card and you can then ask for updates as the flight progresses.WorldMags. Google Now knows the journey you take to work each day and will present it as a card showing the estimated amount of time it will take on your next commute. It’ll help you to avoid problems and arrive on time. The nearest Tesco store will then be found and a reminder set automatically about buying that milk. Stocks for multiple companies can be displayed when they are added in Settings. Even a search for a flight can be covered by Google Now. Tap the microphone icon at the top of the screen and speak a reminder such as “Remind me to buy some milk when I’m at Tesco”. Simply tap the map in the daily commute card and you will be presented with all of your driving directions and alerted to any traffic problems that may slow you down. Now choose ‘My Stuff’ and all of your reminders. Google Now is incredibly flexible.
Translate Speak to the world 1: Grab the app 2: Start a conversation 3: Start to talk Download the Google Translate app from the Google Play store and install. enabling you to interact and converse with the local residents almost as seamlessly as if you were fluent in their language. and together they create something very special. When you consider just how useful this solution can be and how accurately it works.net . Tap the top icon and then select Conversation. If you are with someone who speaks another language. the ability to save often used phrases and a host of other hidden features which only come into play when you need them. With Google Translate. It requires quite a few permissions to work properly. It is a hidden jewel in Google’s crown. Each of you can now press the language buttons at the bottom before you speak and the audible translations will be sounded after each sentence. you now have more than 50 languages at your fingertips and you can use the immediate translations in a variety of ways. The translate mode offers the simplicity of either typing or speaking a phrase and seeing it translated immediately. select each language (yours and theirs) and then speak into your phone. but that could be down to the fact that you may believe it to be difficult and time-consuming.Google WorldMags. There is a phrasebook. The conversation mode lets you pass your phone between two people and to hear the translations spoken out loud while you are speaking. but this is expected for the huge amount of functionality that it offers. however.net Translate Converse with anyone. They are also presented as text on the screen. in any language Use Google Translate to speak to anyone in more than 50 different languages Y ou may think that you will rarely require the ability to translate a foreign language and text. 156 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. you will have the ability to converse with people in real-time in a way that you may previously have not thought possible. It will read it aloud in their language. so you can see what’s being said. This is ideal when exploring a foreign land on holiday. but it is the ability to share the translations with so many apps that makes it a very powerful tool for texting and communicating with people.
In the Translate mode. WorldMags. including dictionaries. It all happens in seconds. This will work almost 100 per cent of the time and is much more accurate. There is a sharing icon below the phrase. your translation history. Every feature you need A simplistic translation screen Translate everywhere Time to speak You can translate any sentence into any language and then share it with Messaging and many other apps and services to converse immediately in two languages. Real-time When you type in text or speak into the microphone.net Google Tips & Tricks 157 . This is particularly useful when on holiday in a foreign country. you can type in or speak any phrase and translate it into different languages. This makes multilingual conversations very efficient indeed. if a little time-consuming. You can share any translation you create with Messaging and also translate received messages in another language using the app. 4: Text as well 5: Share the translations 6: Translated texts If the app struggles to understand you. It is a brilliantly simple and at the same time very clever solution.WorldMags. tap this to share the text with other services. tap the red microphone icon on screen and type your message. Two clever icons Tap either of these two icons to speak into the phone using the language quoted on them. If you take some time to understand everything the app does. The conversation mode lets you talk to anyone who speaks a different language in real-time. favourites and the ability to read foreign scripts.net Tricks ✓ So many features There are many other features available in Google Translate. you will be rewarded with a solution that will come in handy time and time again. the app will immediately translate your words into the chosen language. Your entire text-message conversation can be undertaken easily in both languages.
Each search result is presented with options below it that will automate the citation of each article and you can also then import them into your bibliography using your chosen referencing style with just a couple of clicks. so there is no reason not to try it if you need to do literary research on occasion. such as when it was published. it’ll rank higher.Google WorldMags. Be specific The sidebar offers the ability to set date ranges for your research and to also decide which type of content you want to include. Scholar is designed specifically for researching academic literature and journals and includes a number of simple features that come together to create a powerful solution that will save you a lot of time and improve the accuracy of your searching enormously. or even a specific area within a topic. It’s a two-click process and highly efficient. Stats are available showing the number of citations and many of the results link directly to full articles which can be downloaded. but to do so would be missing out on one of the most useful Google offerings. who by and using further methods to weight the actual text of the document in its entirety. If an article has been cited many times. Related works The Related articles options can be used multiple times to help you focus in on a particular area of interest. It is a top-class solution that just works.net Scholar Undertake research and collect citations using Google Scholar Hours of research suddenly became an lot more organised and potentially fun I t is easy and natural to use the default Google Search method when researching topics. Correctly formatted citations Click the Cite link under any result for a correctly formatted citation to copy and paste into a document or webpage. Many other factors are used. Google Scholar never overwhelms with complexity and the results are always presented in a simple-to-follow way.net . 158 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Intelligent ranking Scholar page It lets the content shine through The search results in Google Scholar are ranked using a number of data points. Importing citations You can also import citations to services and software that are designed to build your bibliography. The Related articles feature works throughout every search and allows you to narrow down the results to show all areas of research on a subject. This helps speed up all of your research.
WorldMags. 4: See the file 5: Related articles 6: Drilling down Click one of the right-hand links and the file will then be downloaded. Input a search term as your normally would in Google Search and then wait for the results. 7: Use the Cite 8: Export the Cite 9: Your work Most results include extra links below them including a Cite option.WorldMags. At the bottom of the citation you will see options to import it to various services. This lets you find everything you need in the most focused way possible. Complete each form and you will be set up and ready to track the results. The number of Cites is shown and all you have to do is click Cite to proceed. which give an indication of what you can do. You can choose how many results appear at a time and if they open in new browser windows. You will see a Related articles option below many results. It will appear in a box. A list will appear with indicators on the right showing the format of the related content.google. Clicking My Citations (at the top) gives you the opportunity to track citations for works you have published. Click it to bring up a new list of results that are specifically related to the original result you were viewing. 1: A blank page Go to scholar. Now open it in your preferred app to read the full document content in its original state. You can now click Related articles again and again as you drill down through the various results. Look closely at the options along the top.com and you will see a blank page with a search bar in the centre.net Tricks ✓ Scholar Work with Google Scholar 2: Adjust the settings 3: Your first search Click the Settings link at the top right and adjust each option to your preference.net Google Tips & Tricks 159 . Click and it will be sent to your chosen service with the correct formatting in place.
net Goggles Digitise a business card with Google Goggles Throw away the cards and use Google Goggles to bring all of your contacts together B usiness cards are items that you might well believe to be part of a bygone age. Find any business card in your collection and point your device’s camera at it. but to this day they are still extremely popular and are handed around in meetings every single day. we will show you how to use Google Goggles to digitally capture the information from all of your business cards and you may be surprised at just how simple and efficient the process is. to enable the data to be captured accurately. You need to ensure that it is completely in focus and that all text is clearly shown in the display.net . or most. so you need not worry about losing them in the future either. Scroll through the introductory screens to set Google Goggles up as you want to and then you will eventually be presented with a camera view. It recognises email addresses. names. Download the app and install as normal to proceed. In the following tutorial. 160 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. but it is also capable of translating text that it sees and recognising that it is looking at a business card. of the contact fields filled in for you automatically. Now it’s time to start using it to streamline your contacts. The contacts you create can also be saved and backed up automatically to your Google account. This means that you can photograph any card you receive and have all. This can be time-consuming and also annoying if you have to carry them all. It is lightweight and free so you have nothing to lose by trying it.Google WorldMags. Goggles Use Google Goggles effectively 1: Download the app 2: Set it up 3: Find a card Go to the Google Play store and search for ‘Google Goggles’ to find the app of that name. telephone numbers and much more. so why not digitise them with your Android phone and a handy free app? Google Goggles is designed to offer information on objects you capture with your phone camera. which is particularly useful if you want to digitise a pile of cards that have been weighing you down for some time.
net Tricks ✓ 4: Take a shot 5: A new contact 6: Missing information Tap the main capture icon and the business card will be scanned and captured by Google Goggles.WorldMags. Most fields should be recognised accurately by Google Goggles. You will see the app analyse the content of the card. but is not what you want for this exercise… Most business cards have more succinct information on the reverse side. simply input them manually into the new contact until every field you need has the required data stored.net Google Tips & Tricks 161 . 7: A complete contact 8: Too much detail 9: Turn it over The complete contact will then be stored and so will be available to you whenever you need it in the future. which will take a few seconds to complete. so in this case turn the card over and try again. If any fields have not been captured. You will now be asked whether you want to create a new contact or view related details in Google Search. Almost all of the hard work in creating the contact will have been done by Google Goggles. It is likely that you will now be able to create a new automated contact. Make your selection to see what details of the card the app has managed to recognise. WorldMags. Some cards will be translated as web searches and when you click the result you will see a standard Google Search page. This can prove useful in some cases. however.
As of April 2012 Google Docs now runs within the Google Drive online storage solution. See Google details on equation coding for more information on this. SUM equations can be applied to entire rows and columns. Other apps Google Sheets There are a variety of other office-themed web apps available via the Chrome Store. but the benefit is that you can open these files that you find in search results or on websites within your browser. charts and documents. spreadsheets. click the equation icon and select a format of equation.Google WorldMags. In time. edit and share documents. Google Sheets (spreadsheet). you’ll have no trouble getting your head around these three apps. Another great web app that is currently available in Beta format only when running Chrome in Windows is Chrome Office Viewer. spreadsheets and presentations through the Chrome apps page S imply put. Google Finance is for financial info and creating related spreadsheets. presentations and more. Google Docs is a free web app that runs on Chrome.net . There are three apps available: Google Docs (word processor). Use spreadsheets inside Chrome Equations Select a box. Google Drawings lets you create visually stimulating charts or layout diagrams to help spruce up presentations. and Google Slides (presentation). Sheets and Slides are available for installation through the Chrome Store. Chrome Office Viewer will hopefully introduce a conversion option allowing you to convert any files you find online into an editable format within Chrome. Google Docs. Charts SUMs The Insert Chart tool converts your table into a visual chart or graph. Google Forms is for creating customisable interactive or printable forms. Excel or PowerPoint documents found anywhere online. rather having to download them to view it. If familiar with any standard office software. 162 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. helping to make the info in your spreadsheet easier to understand. offering you an office suite to create. you can’t currently convert found files as you can with email attachments.net Chrome Turn Chrome into your online office Find out how easily you can manage your documents. With Chrome Office Viewer you can open Word. Here a SUM is being created by multiplying box B6 by box C6 to give a total cost.
adjust export settings. You will be presented with a blank page similar to other word-processing software. sheets and presentations in a variety of formats. 4: Creating a document 5: Managing documents 6: Conversion Settings Click on Google Docs. Your documents. say. spreadsheets and presentations will be saved to Google Drive automatically. From the toolbar click File>Download as.WorldMags.net Google Tips & Tricks 163 . Sheets and Slides 1: Installing web apps 2: Splash screen 3: Pinned tabs Visit the Chrome Store and search for Google ‘Docs’. 7: Uploading a document 8: Configure uploaded documents 9: Downloading a document In Google Drive. ‘Sheets’ and ‘Slides’. In Google Sheets. next to the Create button click the upload icon. A pinned tab is a compact tab that makes it easier for you to keep web apps running. then start adding text. open Google Drive. Drive will convert any Word. Chrome will make certain assumptions about imported documents. Open Chrome to be taken to the Google splash screen. From the Home screen. These are all separate apps. Click on the app’s name for more information. then click Export. Right-click on one of the web apps and check ‘Open as Pinned Tab’. go to Format>Numbers>More Currencies to change currency. then check ‘Convert Uploaded Files to Google Docs Format’. You can also access this page by clicking the Home icon in the top-right corner of Chrome. Click Upload Settings. You can download your documents. WorldMags. Click the cog icon in the top right of the window. Choose a file preference. which will display installed web apps. such as currency and fonts. click on ‘Add to Chrome’. Next to the app.net Tricks ✓ Chrome Set up Google Docs. Click on Untitled Document to name your document. Excel or PowerPoint documents into Google-formatted documents. Click ‘All changes saved in Drive’ to view your revision history and to restore previous versions of the document. Find the file(s) you want to upload. without cluttering up Chrome.
For those of you who are new to RSS news feeds. link and comment. and with good reason too. Editing your post Your post is split into three text boxes: a title. Click on a social network’s icon to select and deselect it for sharing an article. Buffer an article Posting options Hovering over a feed will display a series of sharing options. Follow our simple steps to get smart with your daily news feeds and start making use of the Feedly web app. instantly If you come across a website. blog or news source you like that you can’t find through the Feedly search engine. putting all your favourite and most up-to-date news feeds in one manageable space.net. If you were using Google Reader previously then you will be happy to hear that Feedly. A lot of news sites offer a variety of RSS links for very specific categories on their website. the answer to the now defunct Google Reader service F eedly is a news feed reader. You can even add specific categories from sites to avoid cluttering up your news feed. Feedly has amassed 12 million users.net . Click on each one to edit it. Sharing with Buffer Subscribe by URL Use Buffer to share articles everywhere.Google WorldMags. such as LinkedIn and app. right-click and click Copy Link Address. With Feedly you can import your Google Reader data (which Google has kindly stored for you) with the Import OPML tool. find the RSS button on the website. such as the BBC News Science feed. which has become the popular replacement for Google Reader. here is how it works: rather than visiting each of your favourite websites and browsing through its pages for new content. then paste it into the Feedly Content search. Since the announcement that Google Reader was shutting down. you can add your favourite sites to your Feedly news feed (as well as categories for them). You can add a photo by clicking the camera icon. who are not a part of Google. Click ‘Connect account’ to add new social networks. Click on the layers icon to open Buffer and share the article on social networks. If you were using Google Reader and you’re not looking forward to re-adding and organising all of your old news feeds then don’t worry.net Feedly Get all of your news feeds saved into one place Keep up to date with your favourite websites’ daily updates with Feedly. 164 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. offers a similar but improved service.
click Preferences. type a category for this source. Changes to Preferences will save automatically. To the top right of the window. 7: Import OPML 8: Organising your feeds 9: Template Twitter shares From the menu bar. click ‘Saved For Later’ to view these articles. Then click ‘Add’ and add some more sources and categories.net Google Tips & Tricks 165 .net Tricks ✓ Feedly Manage your news feeds 1: Find a feed 2: Adding content 3: Reading your feed Log into Feedly. Magazine. No sources will show until you click Refresh. Click the Bookmark icon/save link to save an article. You can also view specific categories or previously read articles from this menu. A list of articles will appear in order of most recently published. web URL or hashtag. oldest first is good if you don’t want to miss anything. From the menu bar. click the cog icon. Under Filters choose your ordering preference. Unread only is better for general browsing. type a generic message to accompany any articles you tweet. click the menu icon. you may want to keep your list compacted. Click ‘+Add Content’ to reveal a list of categories and a search bar. under Twitter Postfix. Click the pen icon next to each feed for subscription and reading options. WorldMags. click Import OPML. In the top left-hand corner. Under My Feedly.WorldMags. click ‘Organize’. Under My Feedly. Click on a title to display a feed summary and viewing/sharing options. 4: Viewing options 5: Saving articles 6: Ordering To the top right you can click the first four icons to switch between Title. Under Category. If you have lots of feeds. You can search by title. Here you can click and drag feeds in order of preference and to different or new categories. which you can then import. Click ‘Choose file’ or click the green link in the body of text beneath the Import button to download your Google OPML file. Cards and Full Article view. Search for a source you check regularly and click the ‘+’ icon next to its name. Scroll down to Sharing.
net Chrome Shuttle webpages between your desktop and your mobile Use the Chrome to Mobile extension to easily send links to your mobile device G oogle seems to be making an application.net . Say you are looking up directions on your computer: once you have the directions displayed in Google Maps. Talk to devices Incognito mode Ways to communicate with devices via Chrome When you enter incognito mode. you just have to allow it. Bookmarks Recently viewed Click the Bookmarks button to view the combined bookmarks from all your Google-synced devices. which will download the page’s data to your device. you can use Chrome to send the link to this page over to your device. 166 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. The obvious limitation of this process is if your device loses its internet connection. Find the Chrome to Mobile one and tick ‘Allow in incognito’.Google WorldMags. This approach doesn’t offer offline mode. The Chrome to Mobile extension does effectively that. but it cuts out the middleman of having to create and receive an email. With the Chrome to Mobile extension. service or extension for pretty much every single aspect of our lives. Synced devices In Chrome on your device. Do this with any other extensions or apps you like. meaning you can head straight out with device in hand ready with your directions. Click Chrome> Preferences>Extensions. You can still run the Chrome to Mobile extension in incognito. meaning you can still view it offline. A quick enough work-around for this is to email yourself the link then open the email on your device. You can access links visited on another device by looking at the recent history of that device and tapping on it. Follow our steps for sending links to devices quickly via Chrome. a lot of your Google extensions will become unavailable. tap ‘Other devices’. which is finding something online on your computer that you want to get onto your mobile device. This page will display all devices that are synced to your Google account. it has bought a great solution to a very small but often frustrating situation. With the Chrome to Mobile extension you can send a link prepped for offline mode. making the webpage on it redundant.
Search for ‘Chrome to Mobile’. Once it is fully loaded. opening a version of the page which you can view even when your device is offline. one will appear informing you that there is a webpage ready for you to view. then click the Chrome to Mobile button. download or update the Chrome app. Go to the Chrome Web Store. This time. Go to Chrome on your computer. This is the Chrome to Mobile extension button. signed into your Google account and online will show in this list. To the left of the web address window is a small mobile logo. then add the extension to Chrome. If you have allowed Chrome to send push notifications to your device. You can now continue to navigate this page from your device. Whether you are running Android or iOS. displaying itself as it was on your computer. run it and sign into the same Google account you are currently signed into on your computer. Repeat this process by clicking the Chrome to Mobile button.WorldMags.net Tricks ✓ Chrome Enable device communication with Chrome 1: Chrome to Mobile 2: Device setup 3: Connect your device In Chrome on a computer. 4: Device list 5: Sending a link 6: Push notification Devices which are running Chrome. select a device from the list and then click Send. If your device isn’t visible. even if your device is locked. This may take a moment to generate depending on the size of the webpage. Check the info about device compatibility. WorldMags. Let the link you have just sent open on your device. then click ‘Connect your mobile device’. try refreshing Chrome and checking the online status of your device.net Google Tips & Tricks 167 . click View Offline Copy. Click it. 7: Viewing a link 8: Offline viewing 9: View Offline mode Unlock your device and the link sent from Chrome will open and load automatically. Go to any webpage that you would like to send to your mobile device. sign into your Google account. check ‘Send Copy for Offline Viewing’.
follow along with our steps to learn how to integrate your computer with Google Drive and access your files anywhere. Files on Drive Offline mode Although Google Drive can store any files you upload to it. making it accessible from multiple devices. it can still feel a little foreign to be opening an internet browser to access our computer’s files.net Run Google Drive from your desktop Learn how to download and integrate Google Drive with your computer W e’ve been using folder systems for storing our images. 168 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. videos and documents for about as long as it’s been possible to own a personal computer. Turn on Offline Mode Visit drive. For certain file formats there are extensions available from the Chrome Web Store. With Google Drive’s desktop software we can keep our files in a nice and familiar file format. This is the benefit of having the Drive desktop software. The Drive desktop software will duplicate the files stored in the cloud. any changes you make to the files on your desktop will be mirrored to the files in the cloud. Access Drive files even when you’re offline Offline files When in offline mode you can only access the files listed when you open Google Drive in Chrome. Click on any file to open and edit it. If it seems a little daunting to think that all your files are stored in the cloud. Google Drive allows us to access and edit a variety of files all through the Chrome browsing software. allowing you to open and edit specific file types usually foreign to Drive. not all will be compatible. so keep this in mind for your workflow. audio and video files can’t be played from Chrome.com and click More> Offline to activate offline mode. to be able to view files when offline. while also storing them in the cloud. However. keeping everything organised and up to date. meaning it doesn’t matter what device you are on or what software is installed on the computer. Spreadsheets For the time-being spreadsheets are ‘view only’ in offline mode and cannot yet be edited.google. Now we’re moving into a time where we need the content of our computers to be stored in the cloud. downloading them to your computer. For example.net . music.Google Drive WorldMags.
check ‘Only sync some folders to this computer’. If necessary. Click the Drive logo from your computer’s toolbar. click ‘Advanced setup’. taking you to Google Drive online. Right-click on a folder or file. change your Drive folder location. taking you to a webpage where you can increase your storage space. make sure you’ve added the recipient to the share list before sending them the link. Changes to files and folders here will be mirrored in your computer’s Drive folder. 4: Syncing 5: Adding more files 6: Sharing files After setup. In the Invite People text box. add someone to share the file with. In step 2 of Getting Started. then click Start Sync.net Tricks ✓ Drive Set up Drive on your desktop 1: Download Google Drive 2: Drive setup 3: Sync options With Drive open in Chrome. click ‘Change’. as recommended. Open the Drive software. then download the Mac or Windows version. If you keep Private selected. Right-click on a folder and click Google Drive>Share.WorldMags. Now you can access your Drive files as you would any other files. You will be provided with a sharable link to the file. If you want to be selective about what files are added to your computer. Anything you place into your Google Drive folder will be uploaded to the Google Drive cloud. 7: Share settings 8: My Drive online 9: Get more space Under ‘Who has access’. WorldMags.net Google Tips & Tricks 169 . and install the software. click Google Drive> View On The Web. at the bottom of the menu to the left of the page click ‘Connect Drive to your desktop’. Drag and drop files into the Google Drive folder that you want to share across multiple computers. Make sure ‘Sync Google Docs files’ is checked. sign in with your Google account and follow the instructions. click ‘Get More Space’. Here you can adjust your visibility options. your Google Drive folder will appear on your computer – a small upload icon will display until sync is complete. Google Drive gives you 15GB of free storage space.
so they can check over it. You’ll still be able to view real-time changes made by other users as well as chat with users or comment on sections.Google Drive WorldMags. accessible to anyone with the link or only available to invited users. other users’ cursor position in the document and changes are seen in realtime. Permission types Who has access Click the drop-down menu next to a username to change their permissions. but on different computers. Allow users to only view. 170 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Services such as Dropbox make this process easier by having both users who are interacting with the document share the same folder where it is stored. users can keep each other up to date. Link to share Use this link to share the document quickly via different social networks. Click ‘Change’ to change who can see the document. so follow along with our simple steps to start sharing your documents. The app is a little more limiting than editing a document from a computer. spreadsheet or presentation-based software.net . it’s quite common to send a document over to someone else. The link is only accessible by those granted permission to view the document. You will be hard pressed to find the limitations in Drive’s collaboration service. With Google Drive it is completely possible to share a document with multiple users. comment on and offer feedback about each other’s changes to the document. Sharing settings Docs on devices How to manage sharing permissions in Drive With the Google Drive app you can view and edit documents on the go. The issue with this setup is that only one user can access the document at a time. When working with word processing. and have all the users editing the document at the same time. You can make it public. This opens the door to true collaboration between users: changes can be marked.net Share and collaborate on Google Docs Use Google Drive to share and collaborate on documents with other users A great benefit of incorporating your documents with Drive and having them online is the ability to share and collaborate with other Drive users. and through the use of a comment system. but can be really useful for making last-minute amendments. or view and comment on a document.
Highlights and amendments happen in real-time. click Comments>Comment.WorldMags. click on the speech-bubble icon. It will then be pinned along the edge of the document. Your document will save automatically whenever it is changed. Highlight a piece of text to comment on. In the top-left corner of the page. click the Share button. Make necessary amendments. then click Comment. displaying which user made an amendment and when and where it was. add the name. Google Tips & Tricks 171 . Documents shared with you will be found in your Google Drive folder Shared With Me. Next to the Share button. click Share>Email as attachment – you can choose what format to send it in. click on it to reply. WorldMags.net Tricks ✓ Drive Work with colleagues on Google Docs 1: Share a document 2: View other users 3: Communicating with users 4: Amending a document 5: Amendments and revisions 6: Adding comments 7: Resolving a comment 8: Emailing collaborators 9: Emailing the document Create a new Google Document. When a user interacts with the document. in Drive right-click the document. just as you’d email a word doc. Here you can email the document to collaborators with a message. Click on the speech bubble to begin a group chat with them. Under ‘Invite People’. To share a document with a non-Google Drive user. In your Drive folder. Click Share and Save. Responses will be emailed to the creator of the comment. Add your notes. a cursor with their name next to it appears.net Once a document has been shared and a user opens the document through Drive. right-click on your shared document and click Share>Email Collaborators. This also helps with highlighting and discussing sections of a page. their Google profile image will be displayed. Click on ‘All Changes Saved in Drive’ to view your revision history. email address or group you want to join the document. If you see a comment on a document. In the document window next to the Share button. then click Resolve to remove the note.
Click the Image icon to add an image URL or upload a photograph. charts and graphs. Slides Create a Google presentation 1: Create a presentation 2: Creating a slide 3: Add speaker notes From the Chrome home screen. through the Drive app. much like Google Docs and Google Sheets. At the bottom of the presentation. Let’s say. images. In the following steps you will learn how to create a basic presentation with transitions and prepare it to be viewed and played on a mobile device via the Drive app. With Google Slides you can completely customise your own presentation with unique design elements. Add text to the text boxes that are provided. This enables you to make your presentations as basic or advanced as you like. click and type to add speaker notes. videos and transitions.net . simply add it from the Chrome Web Store. 172 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags.Google WorldMags. allowing them to view and edit the presentation. which will then be placed into the slide. let them continue to work on the presentation.net Slides Show a presentation from your tablet Create a presentation on your computer and then deliver it from your tablet device G oogle Slides is your easy-access solution to making professional presentations. It features a simple-to-use interface which. you will have no trouble getting your head around. that you are heading out of town to give a presentation. Select a template and you will be presented with a blank slide. but can be made visible solely to the presenter from their tablet device. for instance. open the Google Slides web app – if you don’t have it already. Simply give someone else access to the Google Slides document. Arrange the different sections of the slide. you can share a presentation with a number of other users. but you don’t have time to finish it off before you have to leave. then when you arrive at your destination you can go online via your smart phone or tablet and. load up the now complete presentation. as well as implementing tables. What makes Google Slides so special is that. These notes will not be displayed on an actual presentation. if you are familiar with the likes of PowerPoint.
Note that you can’t edit presentations on your device. There are a variety of different layouts that you can choose from. Click ‘Apply to all slides’ if you like. Tap the tab to the right of the screen in order to display Speaker Notes (which. along with a command to activate the animation. click the drop-down menu and hit Reload Presentation in order to update it. Tap the tab to the left to show slide thumbnails. Click Play to preview it. Click on a text or image box within a slide.WorldMags. If you or another user changes the presentation within the Google Slides web app. With the Animation window still open. Download and open the Drive app on your tablet. only you can see).net Tricks ✓ 4: Add more pages 5: Add slide transitions 6: Add animations Click the drop-down menu next to the red ‘+’ symbol in order to create a new slide template. Select an animation type. Select two slide thumbnails on the left of the page. click +Animation. 7: Tablet presentations 8: Controlling a presentation 9: Making updates Your presentation is saved to your Google Drive folder. or you can create a completely blank slide. Now you can choose a transition type and speed. as mentioned. Find your presentation and tap to open it. WorldMags. then click the Transitions button.net Google Tips & Tricks 173 . Click the Play icon to enter fullscreen mode. open the presentation on your tablet. Or repeat this process for each slide.
net . but much like most of Google’s products. For now that extension has been removed. Click actions to create indents for certain tasks. Google Tasks pop-up Create new lists Once installed. This is a great quick trick for Googling the subject of your note. 174 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags.net Keep your life in order with Google Keep Add the Google Keep app to Chrome and start note taking and list making G oogle Keep is one of the lesserknown web apps available from the Chrome Store. but is especially helpful in Google Keep is the Search With Google action. Google Tasks will appear as a green tick icon next to your Chrome web browsing window. The app is still in development. Here you can also arrange your tasks. operating systems and devices. Create detailed lists Make lists as in Google Keep. For a while there was a third-party extension that allowed you to pop Keep up in any browser window. Keep is a very simple note and list making service. So whether you want to keep note of someone’s name or make a shopping list. there is great hope that over time this app will be fully developed and just keep getting better and better. That’s about all there is to it. enabling you to find out more. in the same vein as the new Gmail pop-up service. Samsung has S Memo. Select the body of text that you want to Google. Google Keep is about to become your new best friend. but it may well be what tips you over the edge in becoming a full-on Google-head. perhaps you have experimented with note making apps and software before. right-click then select Search With Google. You are also able to combine tasks from different lists. If you are using multiple computers and devices through your day. making it universally compatible with just about all of your devices. Click it to display your tasks list. but with Google Keep (as with any of Google’s apps) it transcends all computers.Google Keep WorldMags. Here you can create and delete tasks as well as make and switch to brand new lists. and there are independent companies such as Wundershare. Apple offers Reminders and Notes. Search with Google Google Tasks Make more detailed lists with Google Tasks A really helpful tool which can work when selecting any text within Chrome.
Click Done to publish the list. click the Grid View icon to the far right of the note text box to change your view mode.net Google Tips & Tricks 175 . You can also delete items from the list by hovering over them until a trash-can icon appears to the right of the item. each one will become a checkable list item. Keep will now be available on your Chrome home screen as a web app (in Apps). To access your archived notes. If your note is taking up your entire Google Keep page.WorldMags. visit drive. an empty note template will be waiting for you when you sign in. To get to Keep on another device. Google Keep has a fairly simple layout.google. or to check off items. WorldMags. Click the paint bucket to colour-code your note. At the bottom of the note text box. 4: Add an image 5: Viewing options 6: Create a list Click the image icon to upload an image from your computer. If not used before.net Tricks ✓ Keep Store notes and to-dos with Keep 1: Add Keep 2: Make a note 3: Colour-coding Visit the Chrome Web Store and search for Google Keep. In the main Keep window. Click the List View icon next to it to change back. hover over a note and click the Archive icon to archive it.com/keep/ and log into your Google account. The Chrome Keep web app will let you access and edit Google Keep offline. You can even create a note explaining your colour-coding system. Add a title and then type your note into the secondary text box. click the list icon. click on the Archived Notes link at the bottom of the page. Click the button to add it to Chrome. or use the Android Keep app. Integrating images with your notes opens up the way in which you interact with Drive. Sign into the app. You can upload multiple images. This is the best way of ordering and categorising your notes. 7: Editing your list 8: Archive your notes 9: Access Keep anywhere Click on the list to add to it. Here you can type multiple notes.
net Manage your Keep notes on the go Make Google Keep a part of your everyday life with the help of the Keep Android app N ow that you’ve gotten your head around the Google Keep service in the Chrome browser. Click the camera icon to add a photo. the camera tool will only let you take a photo. tap on the Quick Note box to add a note without colour-coding or including a photograph. The official mobile Google Keep app for Android devices has been tailored for note taking on the go. It’s in Google’s Android app that Google Keep really starts to shine. Google Keep is still growing as Google includes more functionality and compatibility with other apps and devices. it’s time to take your thoughts and note taking out to the streets. Tap the Note icon to add a note. although its ability to turn your voice into text will always be dependent on how clearly you speak and how noisy the environment that you are in is. then log in via your Google account. 176 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. just click the Back button/icon when you are done. with the assumption that users might spot something which they may want to photograph and then attach a text to note to remind them of something later. iPad and iPod touch). Keep Work with Keep on your mobile 1: Download Keep 2: Notes/Quick Notes 3: Colours and photos Visit the Google Play store and search for Google Keep. Click the colour palette icon to colour-code your note (using your own system). For now there is no official Google Keep app available for iOS devices (ie iPhone. The translations of what you are saying are pretty flawless. Download and install the app. Any Keep notes that you have already created will sync with this account. although there is a third-party app which offers pretty much the same capabilities as Chrome’s web app. Alternatively.net .Google Keep WorldMags. offering a whole host of extras that make creating. The audio function is great if you are on the move and don’t have time to type. not upload one from your device. arranging and sharing your notes easy. so read on to find out how best to get using Google Keep on your Android smartphone or tablet.
Tap and hold on a note and a menu bar will appear.net Tricks ✓ 4: Voice notes 5: Archiving and deleting 6: Sharing a note On the main Google Keep screen. and click Multi-column view. here you can share. A link to Drive’s Keep folder is also provided. displaying more of them. click the microphone icon and then speak into your device. Tap Switch Account to set up another Google account which you can activate in Keep whenever you like. From the menu bar. or looking through your device’s photo gallery. thereby adding it to a note. then select an app you would like to share with. You can also archive by tapping and sliding a note to the left or right. Tap the device’s Menu button. This will compile your notes into a tidier format. you can open the share functionality of the current app and share an image or link with Keep.WorldMags. or on-screen icon. including all image and audio notes.net Google Tips & Tricks 177 . Tap the Menu button/icon and tap Settings. creating a note from it. This will result in that app opening with the note in hand ready to be shared. 7: Sending to Keep 8: View mode 9: Settings When you are browsing the internet. archive or delete the notes. click the share icon. From this menu you can also access your archived notes. Archived notes aren’t deleted and can still be accessed. WorldMags. Google’s voice-recognition software will translate your words into text.
such as iCal or Outlook. XML. Mobile Calendar Advanced sharing Once you have your Google Calendar set up. With Google Calendar you can combine all of your different calendars into one. ICAL. but if you have a lot going on – in work. projects and activities – it can be really beneficial to bring all of your different events.net Calendar Create. by creating calendar categories within one single calendar. you can sync it with all of your other computers and devices. why not share that information so when amendments are made by one user they instantly update for all other users? Follow our steps and learn how to set up and manage not one but multiple categories within one master calendar.net . Say if you are working on a project with multiple people. organise and share your calendars Learn how to use Google Calendar to create and share multiple calendars G oogle’s many web apps are all about bringing your life together in one place. For many people. You don’t have to run it through a Google app either. Some people prefer sticking to a pen-and-paper diary. Apple’s iCal and Samsung’s S Planner (as well as a variety of other software and apps) allow you to sync your Google Calendar. 178 Google Tips & Tricks Copy and paste this embedding code into a website or blog to display your calendar on it – you can embed more than one. How to share and embed a calendar Calendar Address These are useful for public calendars which you can share with people who want to view or subscribe to them or view your events via feed readers. home. helping you to create a seamless workflow for managing your own and other people’s time more effectively. WorldMags. as well as run it alongside other non-Google calendars. at the centre of a well organised life is a well organised calendar.Google WorldMags. People can use these addresses to add your calendar and events to their non-Google calendars. and that is where Google’s calendar comes in. HTML Embedding Each of these addresses is compatible with different software. hobbies. then go on to share those categories with other users. and you all need to have set events and tasks noted down in your calendars. tasks and jobs together into one master calendar. You can also share different categories within that calendar with different people.
click My Calendars. simply click on them from your My Calendars list to switch that calendar’s events on or off. Event invitations will be sent to all guests. An attachment will also be sent. Add a clear name. Click the Create button to create a new calendar event. Click Save when done. Open it from the splash screen and set up a time zone. helping to keep your calendar from getting cluttered. which can add the event to the user’s calendar software. duration and time zone information. click the arrow to the right of the newly created calendar and click Calendar Settings.net Google Tips & Tricks 179 .net Tricks ✓ Calendar Share calendars and events 1: Set up a time zone 2: My calendars 3: Create a calendar If you are new to Google Calendars. 4: Sharing and permissions 5: Configuring a calendar 6: Creating an event Add email addresses to share the folder with.WorldMags. To change your calendar settings. To the left of your calendar window. Google will compare all guests’ calendars to advise what time frames work best for the event to take place. Add a title and date. here they can confirm if they will be attending the event. which for now comprises your primary calendar and tasks. description and location of your calendar and select a time zone for your event. then under Permission Settings select their permissions and click Add Person. Once you are running multiple calendars. Under ‘Add guests’. Click Create Calendar. WorldMags. Click ‘Share this Calendar’ to add new users. add email addresses to add this event to their calendars. Do this for all the users you want to access the calendar. Your calendar will correct the time for all the different time zones of the calendar’s users. Click the drop-down to the right of My Calendars and click Create New Calendar. 7: Suggested Times 8: Email conformation 9: Managing multiple calendars After you have added guests to your event. click Suggested Times. find the Google Calendar web app in the Chrome Store and add it to Chrome.
which will be displayed in the Google Tasks window next to your calendar.net Calendar Plan a daily agenda with Google Calendar Combine Google Calendar and Tasks to create a comprehensive daily agenda I f you have a busy day. participants. Calendar settings You can assign different notification settings for each calendar linked to your Google account through your general Calendar settings. Once you start using Google Calendar to manage your days. Once you have compiled your agenda for the day. You can also access your agenda from any device that allows you to log into Chrome. month or lifetime coming up then it’s going to help to plan for it. SMS ones are best set very close to the event. In the Calendar Settings window. whereas an email reminder could be earlier. print it or have it emailed to you. By using your Google Calendar to focus on one day at a time. you can create an incredibly detailed and concise agenda (appointment diary) for yourself. You can also integrate Google Tasks with your daily agenda. as well as set up reminders for calendar events to be sent to you minutes. right down to the minutes in the day. click Mobile Setup. Set up as many notification services as necessary. hours or days ahead of the event. pop-up. week or month. SMS or push notification. you can view it. Notification times Types of notification Choose when Calendar sends you a reminder. 180 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags.net . Enter your phone details and have a verification code sent to it to finish the process. you will start to see how this service intertwines with other great Google web apps. You can also set up specific notifications for each individual event. Notifications and reminders Phone reminders How to configure calendar notifications You can configure your phone to send you SMS reminders about your events.Google WorldMags. times and locations. so run through our steps to get your own daily agenda started. week. meaning that you can set up a primary task which will feature in your agenda and within that task you can add as many secondary tasks as you like. with event details. Or you can set up push notifications for your iOS or Android device by following the Google Calendar instructions. Be notified by email.
7: Tasks in calendars 8: Viewing agendas 9: Setting up notifications Click on the arrow next to un-indented tasks. Your Tasks list will appear on the right of the screen. These tasks will now be added to your day calendar. Click the ‘Due date’ text box and select the calendar date for your all-day event. Click Actions>Indent. Click in the text field next to the text box and add an overall task such as ‘Birthday Shop’. Tick All Day and set the correct date.net Google Tips & Tricks 181 . Under My Calendars. it will tick off all indented tasks beneath it. just make sure you select the correct calendar.WorldMags. Click on a date to return to day view for a more detailed datespecific agenda. Don’t worry about event details. Now add sub-tasks relevant to Birthday Shop. then click Create Event. WorldMags. Create a series of un-indented tasks with indented tasks beneath them. Use this tool to better organise your tasks. and then click Save. Activate it by checking Tasks in the list under your calendars. click Agenda to view all your upcoming events in date order. 4: Opening Google Tasks 5: Adding a task 6: Indenting tasks Google Calendars by default include your Google Tasks. Here you can create a quick event and enter the name of the event. If you check an un-indented task. Create multiple events if need be.net Tricks ✓ Calendar Create an organised agenda 1: All day events 2: Day view 3: Adding events Click on the Create button and title your event. click on your calendar. Click Save. At the top of your calendar. remaining present at the top of it. The all-day event will function as the title of your day’s agenda. Click on a time for the first event of the day. Tick the checkbox next to Daily Agenda to receive your agenda in an email at the beginning of your day. such as a shopping list. Click on the date of the all-day event to enter the day viewer. then ‘Reminders and Notifications’.
Google Finance app Finance chart Navigating the Google Finance chart You can access Google Finance from any mobile device that supports Chrome. allowing you to view a basic market summary and your own portfolio. Each stock is represented by its own individual colours. If you are changing from another financing software or spreadsheet setup. It can certainly be a little overwhelming when you first visit Google Finance. It brings the international stock market to your web browser. the less detailed the graph will become. The app offers a much more compact version of Google Finance.net . currencies and industries – keeping you up to date with everything that is happening. integrate it with your Google calendar. in-depths apps available from Google. It’s through the My Portfolio service that you will find the biggest benefits. and keep yourself up to date with the market as a whole and your own personal ventures.Google WorldMags. but as long as you have a basic understanding of the market it won’t take you long to build your own portfolio. The longer the time duration. where you can check up on your stocks.net Finance Use Google Finance to follow the market Stay in touch with how your market stocks are performing using Google Finance T he Google Finance web app is one of the most complex. dating back to the creation of the first stock. For now there is no standalone app for iOS devices. Zoom Use the Zoom feature to change the length of time displayed on the graph. detailing market summaries. and perform detailed analysis and comparison against other stocks and domestic trends. Scroll along the graph to compare each stock’s position in the market at that particular point. but Android has its own official one. 182 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Timeline Comparing stocks Use this tab to scroll through and examine windows of time within the entire duration of the graph. a news feed of top financial stories and a completely customisable portfolio to view and manage your ventures as well as overviews of the world’s markets. Here you will be able to keep a close eye on the stocks that matter to you. Read on to go step by step into becoming a Google Finance wizard. you can even import and integrate your spreadsheets into your portfolio.
click ‘Import Transactions’. months and years – so you can see exactly how it has performed in the past. WorldMags.net Tricks ✓ Finance Manage a Google Finance portfolio 1: Main interface 2: Add to portfolio 3: Create new portfolio The Google Finance main window is a combination of a market summary. Click on a calendar event to see more details about it. Here you can import an OFX or CSV spreadsheet storing your historical transactions. Click ‘Create New Portfolio’ to create another portfolio. Add more stocks to your existing portfolio by repeating step 2. Once added. From the stock’s page. which can be viewed in days. tick the related companies’ names above the graph. Click on any stock title from the list for details of that stock. so you can then view them in Google Finance. Use this to compare entire industries or sectors. click Portfolios>My Portfolio. click ‘Add to portfolio’. Once you find the stock you are looking for.net Google Tips & Tricks 183 . You can sync these events with your Google Calendar by clicking ‘Add (stock) to my calendars’ next to the event subheading. allowing you to easily compare them. each individual stock’s calendar will appear under the Other Calendars tab in Google Calendar. or add a stock name in the Compare box. a news feed and market information. The different stocks will appear in the graph. From the navigation bar.WorldMags. You can also compare these trends against your portfolio’s stocks and download the information into a spreadsheet. Every Stock page displays relevant news feeds for that stock along with a graph. Each Stock page posts the stock’s previous and upcoming events. add a stock in the text field named ‘Add Symbol’. To create a portfolio. 7: Google Domestic Trends 8: Sync with Calendar 9: Calendar management Click ‘Google Domestic Trends’. Use the navigation bar to the left to visit specific sections of Google Finance. 4: Import Transactions 5: Managing stocks 6: Compare stocks Above your stock list.
you might have had the option to associate your Google+ profile with your blog during the sign-up process. you can easily return to the settings area later and connect the two services. you can easily do this. or to use Google+ instead.net .Google WorldMags. and want to connect your blog to a Google+ page rather than just a Google+ account. or certain blogs with your profile on Google+. You’re also able to directly share posts from Blogger to your personal stream once the two are connected.net Blogger Allow users to comment on Blogger using Google+ Connecting your Google+ account to Blogger makes it easier for people to comment. and share your content to a wider audience. First. you can easily add permission for them to access the blog using the Blog Authors section of the Basic Settings area. This allows you to automatically share posts to your streams once they’re published. providing automatic promotion of your content! If you blog under your common name (such as ‘Joe Bloggs’s blog’). This section allows you to choose which pages. Depending on when you signed up for Blogger. increasing the social aspect of your site B logger’s integration with Google+ can help you to spread the word about your blog. search results that lead to your Google+ profile will also allow users to find your blog. If you enable Google+ comments. this section disappears. 184 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. then choose the page you’d like to link your Blogger blog to. or you didn’t create the association at the time. Once connected. If not. create the association as per the example shown here. Collaborate Google+ Settings If you have co-authors. You can come back and change this at any time. engage your readers in discussion. and how the association should appear in your profiles. you can choose to associate certain blogs with a Page. you may find that the association between Google+ and your blog will increase the discoverability of your blog – as the link works both ways. circles and profiles to associate with your blog. A look at the Blogger control panel Comments Blogger allows you to run comments via Blogger. making it easier to be sociable! The Settings panel Connect to pages If you’re using Blogger as a business.
If you change your mind later. A handy preview shows you what this will look like. you’ll need to create one to be able to connect your Google+ account to. Two checkboxes beneath your profile let you choose if you should be prompted to share after posting and use Google+ for comments. If you already have a Blogger profile. Select the blog(s) you’d like to link and click Add Blogs. Tick the checkbox for Google+ comments and all comments on your blog will use the Google+ account.WorldMags. you can revert to separate accounts. 4: Add blogs 5: Updates to Blogger 6: Accept the terms Back in the Google+ setup wizard. but this will disappear once we’ve set up Google+ for comments. allowing you to restrict access as desired. Once you have created a blog. you can manage all your Blogger blogs. Visit www. Take a quick look at the other options in this area. tick each checkbox to enable the link between your Blogger blog and Google+. WorldMags. you’ll see a list of your blogs. Once signed in. click on the gear icon and select ‘Connect to Google+’ from the pop-up menu.net Tricks ✓ Blogger Connect Google+ to Blogger 1: Create your blog 2: Blogger welcome 3: Settings panel If you don’t have a Blogger blog. Tick the checkbox at the bottom of the preview screen and click the Switch Now button to confirm your accounts-linking request. you’re warned that by linking your two accounts you’ll replace your Blogger profile with the information from Google+. 7: Confirmation screen 8: Use Google+ comments 9: Your Google+ page You’ll be returned to the Settings area. showing the Google+ settings.blogger. allowing other people to see when visitors comment on your blog from their Google+ page. We’ve got a comments tab. The Settings panel will open on the Google+ tab. If you now go to your own Google+ page you’ll notice that your blog appears in your profile.com and sign in to manage your existing blog or create a new one. You can control which circles can see this information.net Google Tips & Tricks 185 .
and chefs dealing with their latest creations on another. This leads to an interesting issue. 186 Google Tips & Tricks This section shows the latest posts from your selected blog. You can add multiple blogs simultaneously and choose whether to follow anonymously. Fortunately. which is how you deal with the sheer volume of blogs and sort those that are of interest to you from those that aren’t. If you’d like to create your own reading list for offline access.net . While your web browser has the ability to bookmark websites for later access. WorldMags. the Blogger platform incorporates an incredibly useful Reading List feature which allows you to gather together all your favourite Blogger blogs in one place.Google WorldMags. The simplicity and accessibility of the tools means that you can find children blogging about their school dinners on one website. Every kind of human experience is available to read about via an online blog. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to set it up and start using it! Your reading list RSS feeds Most blogs publish an automated feed of posts in RSS format that can be used by external software to download content automatically. This feed uses a common format to make it easy to assemble reading lists from many different blogging platforms. Keep up to date with your favourite reads Reading list area This section of Blogger is dedicated to your Reading list.net Blogger Save your own reading list of blog content Keep track of your favourite blogs easily with the Reading List feature on Blogger B logs are a wonderfully democratic medium: they offer a simple way for anyone and everyone to pick up their keyboard and share their thoughts with the world. so you can quickly read the overview of each article before clicking through to it. download an RSS reader for your computer. It’s configurable to include your own favourites. Add button Content Add blogs you would like to include in your reading list by clicking on this button. which makes it tricky to realistically stay up to date with more than a handful of blogs on an ongoing basis. these aren’t very sophisticated: they can’t alert you to new content and articles on your favourite blogs and you’re forced to click on each bookmark in isolation. quickly identifying when there’s new content to be read. as well as important Blogger news posts.
Clicking on this will hide the blog from the list. at the bottom is the Reading List area. as appropriate. A pop-up window appears. At the top you can access your blogs (or create new ones).com and either create an account or sign into your existing account. The blog title is shown in the left-hand column. the content will be automatically read into your reading list. you’ll see each of them in the left menu. Once logged in. inviting you to enter the blog’s URL.WorldMags. you’ll need a Blogger account. then choose between either following the blog anonymously or whether you’re happy for the blog to know you’re following it. 7: Navigate 8: Hide a blog 9: Hidden blogs Once you’ve added a few blogs. which will later allow you to manage it. allowing you to temporarily declutter without removing blogs altogether. allowing you to navigate between them. Click on the Add button to add favourite blogs. Visit www. Hover over a blog title in the left menu to reveal a down arrow. As each is updated. You’ll see that you can add more than one blog simultaneously – a big time-saver. Hidden blogs can be seen by clicking on the disclosure arrow immediately to the left of the ‘Hidden blogs’ text in the left menu. Add another blog. WorldMags. you’ll see the standard Blogger dashboard. The reading area shows the articles for the currently selected blog. click +Add to the right of the URL field.blogger. After a short delay you’ll see the posts for your chosen blog populating into your reading list area. The number in brackets shows you how many blogs are hidden.net Google Tips & Tricks 187 . but instead of clicking Follow. 4: Enter the URL 5: Review 6: Add some more Enter the URL of the blog you’d like to add to your reading list. which we’ll use to store our favourite blogs.net Tricks ✓ Blogger Set up Reading List 1: Log in or sign up 2: Dashboard 3: Click Add In order to use the Blogger Reading List tool.
You can add/remove pages to suit your requirements.net Set up themes using the Google Sites layout editor The layout editor makes it easy to set up a basic theme. While this is a tremendous time-saver. it does tend to mean that your website isn’t unique and doesn’t necessarily reflect all the values and messages you might have hoped to convey. and customise it to suit your own needs W hen you’re first starting out with a website. it’s not at all complicated to do.Google Sites WorldMags. there are a lot of templates available that can get you up and running with a ‘ready-made’ website design from the get-go. Click on the header area to edit the characteristics of this section. Controlling your layout Layout items Click on the buttons to enable or disable individual content areas within your template. it can be difficult to know where to turn. so you’ll need to work within the confines of that particular design’s overarching styles. you’ll need to wait for the changes to save before you can see them. 188 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. what kind of layout you might want. it will probably save time to use a different base template. or a dramatically different layout. Best of all. After each click. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could start with a template. images and video – will fit into the website. then customise it to suit your own preferred logo. If you want to use a completely different colour scheme. This is true whether you are paying a professional to create a website for you or you’re simply using a service such as Google Sites.net . tweaking the layout and customising the typography to ensure you have a unique and memorable website design. and how your content – text. incorporating your business’s colours and logo. Navigation changes Header area Click on the navigation bar(s) to edit the pages that appear within the navigation menu. The layout editor Edit the style Remember that the core styles are inherited from the base template you chose when you set up your site. Fortunately. Follow the steps below to see how quickly you can get started. layout and font choices? This is exactly what the Google Sites layout editor does! By using the layout editor you can quickly make a template your own. including the ability to upload your own logo and alter the height of the header section.
add a site description by revealing the More Options area. for example. 1: Create a site Sign into Google and visit sites. you can choose if it should sit to the left or the right of your main content area. Finally. the less work you’ll have to do. This allows you to easily include extra pages or exclude hidden pages. images. or add missing elements. Click the pencil icon for an area to edit its size and position. Enter a name for your website and choose the Blank template option. click on the More button to reveal the site configuration menu. Once you have more pages in your site.net Tricks ✓ Sites Customise your own theme 2: Choose base theme 3: Additional info Scroll down to open the themes area. Optionally. you can edit the navigation bar by clicking on it to add or remove pages from your menus. then using the pop-up box to enter text. You can also configure the individual characteristics of each element.google. Browse the list and choose one that most closely resembles the design you have in mind. The closer the theme is to your desired result. WorldMags. Click on the Create button to load the site setup wizard. In the editor you can remove sections of the design that you don’t want.com to create a new website. such as your footer. Click on the header within the layout editor to edit its properties. One of the most important identifying aspects of your website is the header area. click the Create button at the top of the page to generate your website.WorldMags. 4: Open the editor 5: Add and remove 6: Change the size With the site created. and how wide it should be. From the menu in the header area. as this contains the name of your site and the logo.net Google Tips & Tricks 189 . then enter the Captcha code to verify. tables and more. Choose the ‘Edit site layout’ option. 7: Edit static content 8: Edit the header 9: Edit the navigation Some content remains the same across every page. Click on an element to select it. You can edit this static content easily by clicking on it. you’ll be redirected to the homepage. If you click on a sidebar.
Site settings Drag to move This section (Manage Site) is found within the Site Settings area. You can nest pages within other pages. This is especially useful if you have a situation where some of your content follows a specific theme. Google Sites has a useful function that makes organising pages a simple case of dragging and dropping. We’ll also get you started with connecting pages together and arranging them into a hierarchy. connect them together and arrange them as you please M ost websites have at least two or three pages – individual screens that are linked together to form a cohesive whole – and many sites feature hundreds or even thousands! One of the key things to consider when creating your website is how to accommodate both the pages you’d like immediately. create pages and change their relative positions. You’ll soon be creating and managing pages with ease! Control your pages Create your pages first Move your pages around When you’re creating a page. so you can see how each page relates to another in the overall arrangement of pages within the site.net Put your pages together to develop your site Google Sites makes it simple to add pages.Google Sites WorldMags. 190 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. but also to set up a hierarchy so that some pages are ‘children’ of others. Click and drag a page to move it to a new location in the hierarchy. for a bird’s-eye view of what’s going on. making it easier for you to maintain and much simpler for your visitors to find the content they’re looking for. the only place to go is the Site Settings> Pages section! Pages list This list shows all your pages in their hierarchical order. which may well be limited in scope. Click on the More button to access these settings and others to help manage sites. as it allows you to organise your site in a methodical way. Here we’ll show you how to access the Manage Site options on Google Sites. This handy feature not only allows you to move pages around. This is actually the easiest way to get your page in the correct position. you can choose how it should fit into the hierarchical system of pages on your site.net . but also those you may decide to add in the future. But. or bring them back out to the top level as required.
By default the view shows you a tree of all your pages. but for the timebeing we want to edit the relative positions of our pages. follow the first three steps on page 189 to set up a Google site. Give the new page a name. We’ll need to create some pages to work with.WorldMags. You’ll be given the opportunity to populate your new page with content. Pages that have child pages are shown with a ‘+’ symbol to their left. If you’ve already created a series of pages.net Tricks ✓ Sites Manage your pages 1: Create your site 2: Add a page 3: Create it! If you haven’t already created your website. You can now select where you’d like the page to be in the site hierarchy.net Google Tips & Tricks 191 . click slightly to the left of the page name: your mouse should change to a movement icon instead of the arrow pointer. click on the ‘Add a Page’ icon at the top of the header area to create a new page from scratch. so do that if you’re ready to and click Save. you can do so in the Manage Site section. so click the Pages option in the left menu. If you have difficulty. the default is as a child of the page you were on when you clicked ‘Add new page’. then choose Manage Site. then return here to see how you can move your pages around within the site hierarchy. 4: Add another page 5: Choose a custom location 6: Change it later Repeat the process to add another page. Open the More menu. When you’re viewing your website. Click on the ‘+’ symbol to open it and reveal the page(s) beneath. 7: Select the Pages option 8: Open the tree 9: Drag to rearrange This section contains a lot of useful properties and settings for your site as a whole. Click and drag a page to move it to a new location in the tree. then click on the Create button at the top to save it. WorldMags. To put your new page somewhere other than at the root level of your site or beneath the previous page. click on ‘Choose a different location’ to reveal a structured illustration of all your pages. but now want to change the way they’re organised.
but soon it will be brimming with data showing you keyword costs and conversion rates. You only pay for an advert when it is clicked on by a user (this approach is called pay-per-click or PPC for short). Impressions Dashboard stats When you first set up your AdWords account you’ll see empty data in these areas as shown. and your budget from being consumed. Dividing this by the number of clicks gives the click-through rate (CTR). your advert will be shown more or less frequently. WorldMags. Each advert can be tailored to only show in response to specific keywords or phrases. We’ll show you how! G oogle’s AdWords service is a great way to advertise to customers interested in your products and services. etc. subject to the budgetary limits imposed. The way this system works is that you create an ad campaign with one or more adverts within. your advert might only appear when somebody searches for something related to feet. Pause your campaign The dashboard The AdWords campaign management tool You can pause your campaign at any time. When you’re ready to start your campaign again.Google WorldMags. resulting in hundreds or thousands of clicks. or on websites with relevant content that have signed up to show Google’s adverts. return to the same page and click on the same section to restart your adverts. The adverts appear as small text links alongside normal search results on Google. Go to your campaign on the Google AdWords site and click the Pause Campaign button.net . This will stop your adverts from displaying. You can set your own budget for how much you’re willing to spend and. depending on who else is bidding for the same keywords and how much they’re willing to spend per click. AdWords are especially effective as they are shown in response to the user’s particular search terms – so if you offer a chiropodist service. Number of clicks This shows the total number of clicks through to your website from adverts that have been shown either alongside search results or on websites that are part of the Google Display network. 192 Google Tips & Tricks This shows you how many times your ads have been shown. It’s not uncommon for an advert to be shown tens of thousands of times per day.net AdWords Begin your first AdWords campaign AdWords is a great way to get traffic to your website.
Click Next to continue. 4: Set a budget 5: Create ad groups 6: Preview and approve Arguably the most important thing you’ll want to set is your daily budget. you’ll need to log in at adwords. AdWords will manage this for you so that your campaign will be paid for out of your daily budget.net Tricks ✓ AdWords Get started with AdWords 1: Sign in/up 2: Click to create 3: Campaigns Before you can create your first AdWords campaign. so you’ll need to create one first. Once you’ve set everything up. allowing you to focus your money on the ones that work. but the crucial ones to start with are the campaign name and which locations you’d like to display it in.WorldMags. Your individual adverts are created inside an ad group. All adverts sit within a campaign. you need to choose the keywords to trigger its display. but try to think about your service to choose good ones. There are lots of different settings. Create an advert group and start building your first advert. Once logged in successfully. you’ll be presented with the AdWords welcome pages which detail the service. Click on the ‘Create your first campaign’ button to get started building some adverts. 7: Keywords 8: Campaign view 9: Payment settings Once you’ve created your ad. The final step of the process is to provide payment details. WorldMags. Continue tweaking your advert. You’ll notice that the ad examples on the right update automatically as you type.net Google Tips & Tricks 193 . including the URL options (one to display and one for the actual link). you’re redirected to the campaign view where you’ll see the individual performance of each keyword and advert. scroll down the page. Simply enter your billing information as you would for any other purchase and AdWords will invoice you in arrears for adverts clicked. Once you’re happy with the way your advert reads and displays. Google offers suggestions.google. entering them one per line.com – your normal Google account should allow you to do this without any special settings.
The dashboard Add code last When you’re installing the Analytics code on your website. the more people have accessed from that country. 194 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. the common approach is to add <script>s in the <head> section of your page. One of the most difficult aspects of attracting people to your website is understanding what your visitors are doing when they arrive at the site. Instead.net Analytics Monitor your site’s performance with Google Analytics Analytics can help you understand your website visitors and improve your content O nce you’ve created a website. The notion that if you ‘build it they will come’ is true to a certain extent. This map shows where visitors have accessed your website from. and what they’re looking for when they turn up. and tailor your website to suit your visitors’ preferences. Armed with this analysis. This might be because you’ve got a product or service to sell. either with Google Sites or via another service. how long they’ve spent reading your pages. but almost every website owner spends a considerable amount of time trying to encourage visitors to their site. because you’re keen to share some specific information. or simply for the kudos of a successful and busy website. add the Analytics <script> just before the closing </body> tag to speed up the performance of your page and avoid issues if Analytics is unavailable. especially if you’re offering niche content that readers won’t find elsewhere on the web. Google’s Analytics service allows you to get some intelligence into both of these areas. The darker the blue colour is. viewing statistics for the source of your visitors. you can make informed decisions about which areas of your website to concentrate on.Google WorldMags. which pages they visited. it’s tempting to think that your work is done and you can relax. which page they left your website from and much more. Unique Visitors Locations Sometimes visitors will return. Get an overview of your website’s visitors New Visits This section shows the total number of new visits recorded for your website over the period specified in the topright corner of the screen.net . so this section shows the total number of unique visitors to your website recorded over the time period.
Analytics Add Analytics to your website
1: Log in or sign up
2: Admin it
3: Add an account
To use Analytics, you’ll need a Google account.
Assuming you’ve already got one set up, simply
head to www.google.com/analytics. If you don’t
have an account, sign up here.
Once logged in, you’ll see any existing websites
set up in your account for Analytics. To view one of
these, click on the name, but to add a new one we’ll
instead click on the Admin tab at the top right.
The admin section allows you to remove or edit
accounts, as well as create new ones. Here we need
to click on the ‘+ New Account’ button that appears
immediately beneath the Accounts tab.
4: Choose the type
5: Website details
6: Get Tracking ID
Analytics can now be used to track websites and
apps. Click the tab most appropriate for you and
stick with the Universal Analytics option beneath.
Scroll down the page to continue.
Enter your site details carefully, choosing accurately
from the list of time zones and categories – used to
help give you comparative data. You’ll also need to
enter a name for the website, and for the account.
When you click the Get Tracking ID button at the
bottom, you’re shown a pop-up licence agreement.
You have to click ‘I Accept’ to continue, but it’s well
worth having a look at the terms and conditions.
7: Grab the code
8: Paste it in
9: Wait and see
You are now provided with your own unique
tracking code that’s the link between the Analytics
servers and your website. Copy the code to your
clipboard by selecting it and pressing Cmd/Ctrl+C.
In your site’s source code, paste the code into place
– immediately before the </body> tab, preferably
– to install it. If you’re using a CMS or blog platform,
there may be alternative methods for installing this.
It usually takes around 24 hours for the data from
visitors to start flowing in, and you won’t be able to
see the period before you installed Analytics, but
you can now log in and experiment with reporting.
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Analytics and AdWords
Connect your Analytics
and AdWords accounts
Get better results from your adverts by using Analytics with AdWords,
connecting the accounts together
he key to a successful advertising
campaign is to properly understand
the people you’re targeting.
Traditionally advertising agencies used
personas to build a profile of a typical
consumer within the broader market
segment they were appealing to. This
enabled the copywriters and artists to tailor
their work to appeal to these avatars, in the
knowledge that they represented the market
segment as a whole.
These days the same general approach is
still used, but instead of purely working with
hypothesis ahead of your advert, you can
now also get near real-time analysis of your
actual customers and how potential ones are
interacting with your advertising. This allows
you to make changes in response to these
usage patterns, with the aim of increasing
your conversion, sign-up or sales rates.
Helpfully, Google’s AdWords and Analytics
services can be linked to give you a better
picture of how visitors, who arrive at your
website via your adverts, are behaving.
By analysing patterns and tweaking your
content, you can maximise your return on
investment while improving the customer
experience. Here we will show you how to
Share data between the
This process might seem
a little convoluted at
first, but it’s important
to realise that you can
have multiple Analytics
and multiple AdWords
accounts, and you can
link more than one
AdWords account to a
single Analytics account.
This allows you to bring
all your data together for
analysis while keeping
your accounts separate.
Once you’ve set up the link, you can
access all your standard Analytics data
directly inside AdWords by simply
selecting the ‘Tools and Analysis’ tab,
then choosing Analytics from the menu.
Reporting with ads
Set it up
Once you’ve linked the two
accounts, you’ll see additional
reporting options for traffic
that has arrived via AdWords,
cost of acquisition and so on.
Set up the link by clicking on ‘Tools and
Analysis’, then Google Analytics, and
finally linking the accounts together
following the instructions in our tutorial.
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Analytics and AdWords Improve your visitor analysis
1: Sign in
2: Select Analytics
3: Administrate it
Visit adwords.google.com and log into your
AdWords account as if you were planning to launch
an AdWords campaign. Once you’re signed in, you’ll
arrive at the standard AdWords dashboard view.
Using the menu that appears along the top of the
Google AdWords dashboard, choose the ‘Tools and
Analysis’ tab by clicking on it, then select Google
Analytics from the menu that drops down.
From the resulting screen, which shows details of
your accounts, click on the Admin button at the
top-right corner of the page. This will take you to
the administration options for your account.
4: Locate the account
5: Choose AdWords
6: Choose the views
In the accounts list, click on the name of the
account you’d like to link to AdWords, then click on
AdWords linking, and finally the +New Link button.
Now you’ll need to confirm the AdWords account.
You can have multiple AdWords accounts, so you’ll
need to confirm the AdWords account you’d like to
link to. Simply select the account you’d like to use,
then click on the Next Step button.
Under Link Configuration, choose the Analytics
views you’d like to share the AdWords data with.
Any specific views in Analytics where you’d like
AdWords data to appear should be added now.
7: Complete the link
8: Unlink accounts
9: Remove from views
Click Link Accounts to confirm the link and allow
your two accounts – AdWords and Analytics – to
exchange data. You may have to wait up to 24
hours before you can see the data appearing.
If you’d like to remove the link between AdWords
and Analytics at any time, repeat the steps until you
reach the page that lists accounts. On this screen,
choose Unlink from the AdWords Linking section.
To remove AdWords data from a particular view,
you don’t need to unlink accounts. Instead, follow
the steps as before, but deselect the views in the
‘Usage in Analytics’ column.
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Add Google services
to your website
Google offers a number of useful services for your
website such as Maps. We show you how to use them
ver the years Google has experimented with
many different online products and services.
Some have fallen by the wayside, while others
have flourished. Many of these services are intended as
augmentations to a website, making it easier to integrate
specific functionality such as on-the-fly generation of
charts and infographics, maps or website analysis.
One of the issues with having a wide-ranging set of
services that are mature and developed is that these can
become quite complex due to the myriad options they
offer. Luckily, Google is quite adept at unifying services
under an API approach that makes it, if not straightforward,
logical to implement and integrate its services.
An application programming interface (API) provides a
method for your website to request the dynamic content
from Google’s servers. And rather than having to create
complex programs to do this, typically you only require a
Here we’ll show you how to get started with the Google
Maps API. Once you’ve grasped the basic concepts, you’ll
be able to apply the same approach to almost any of the
Google API services, bringing new and exciting
features to your website.
A good way of working
is to set up a new API key
for each website or app
you create. In this way you
can ensure that if your
visitor or user numbers
increase to the point
where you’re touching
the API limits, you won’t
affect other websites or
apps you’ve set up to use
the same service.
Choose from over 60
This selector allows you to switch
between your currently live projects,
enabling or disabling individual services
for each API key you’ve requested.
Get access to your API key
here. The key is unique to
and can support multiple
This lists all available API services,
including a note of the limitations of each
API in terms of requests per day (although
you can pay to upgrade to more).
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Click on the big blue button to get started. This section provides you with an overview of your project. We’ll use the simple keys. The <script> call has a pair of keys and values in the URL being called. set the zoom level to 18 instead of 8 and reload the page in your web browser to see how easy it is to create an interactive map. including all the APIs you’ve added to it. WorldMags. so locate this on the list and set the switch to the on position.com/apis/console/ and sign in with your Google account. and set the value for sensor to either ‘true’ or ‘false’ – make sure you keep your value in lower case to avoid issues with the API. With each API you subscribe to you’ll need to accept the Terms of Service (ToS) to get live access. All being well.net Tricks ✓ Google APIs Create an API key 1: Log in 2: Choose your service 3: Agree terms Visit https://code. Click on API Access to open the API details. powered by the Google Maps API. you should now be able to save your HTML page and load it in your browser. you’ll find yourself at the Dashboard. and their service health. 7: Add your key 8: Test 9: Edit the code Paste in the API key you copied to your clipboard earlier. It’s worth reading these documents so you can see where the limitations lie in the free service. For our demonstration we’re going to be using the Google Maps V3 API. The sample code produced a map with a zoom level of 8.google. so copy the API key shown to your clipboard. or OAuth. Once logged in you’ll be presented with an invitation to create a project.google. 4: Dashboard 5: Get access 6: Sample code Once you’ve agreed the terms. Use Google Maps’ sample code (find it at developers. There are two methods for authenticating with Google: simple API keys. centred on Sydney in Australia.com/maps/documentation) to create a new HTML page.net Google Tips & Tricks 199 .WorldMags. The Services tab will open with a full list of the APIs available. Using the API documentation.
Courses cover both Android and web development. This simple task. Check out the tutorial here for details on how you can take a course. The benefit of Course Builder over some of the alternatives (such as Moodle) is that it offers a fully managed process. rather than the technology. which typically requires only a few lines of program code. alongside easier. with a focus on Google products and services. the image conjured up is one of dark arts being performed in a seemingly inaccessible environment with a confusing collection of dots and brackets. and share your specialist skills by creating your own using Google’s Course Builder.Google WorldMags. It’s updated as features are added. Documentation Read the documentation to get a sense of what’s possible with the software and refer to this frequently. leads to much greater programs. including Google’s Course Builder.net University Consortium Take a course to learn app development Programming can be a lot of fun.net . beginner materials. As well as providing courses for you to follow. 200 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Thankfully the reality is completely different. World!’ on your screen. the search giant has the answer: Google University. but you need a helping hand to teach you how to get started I f you mention the word programming to the average non-programmer. Tutorials and help The Course Builder website includes a series of video tutorials to help you get started with the software. Google also allows you to create your own. but where do you begin? If you’re interested in creating apps for Google’s Android platform. This collection of online courses provides access to university-level material. Downloads You can download the dedicated course building tool provided by Google to make it easy to generate your online course materials. Most programmers start off by creating a simple program that simply prints the words ‘Hello. Online learning Build your own Create a course using Google Course Builder There are many different online learning platforms available. allowing you to concentrate on the course material itself. completely free of charge.
and choose the right option for you. For the sake of this tutorial. The Course Builder website provides tools and tutorials to start building your online course. Work your way through the steps. Once you’ve experienced a course. While the presentation is basic. which includes setting up an Android simulator for testing your apps during development. 4: Choose your options 5: Course website 6: Access materials When you arrive at a course. There are a wealth of courses available . You can also see what other people have been creating to get an idea of how to approach it. you’ll find a range of different courses – each provided by a different University or College. Each course is delivered through a dedicated site that provides access to all the learning material.net Google Tips & Tricks 201 . Read the syllabus to get a sense for what’s available and included.all focused on software development. Here we’ve got access to seven different Labs. you may find there are several different versions of it available. the key elements of each course are typically navigated using a menu in the lefthand column.com/university/ to access the Google University Consortium portal.com/p/course-builder/ to get started building a course yourself. Within the section you’ve chosen. Find a course you like and click on the Course Website link to open it up.google. each covering a new subject. we’re taking a course in Android app development. either for the Android platform or for the web. WorldMags. the course material is developed by high-quality education providers.google. This is your gateway to the wide range of course materials on offer.net Tricks ✓ University Consortium Take and make a course 1: Load the portal 2: The course catalogue 3: Available courses Go to https://developers. Although it varies. why not use your own knowledge to create a course for others? Visit https://code.WorldMags. 7: Simulator 8: Create your own! 9: Download and build In this course we’re being shown how to create Android apps.
Alerts and YouTube – and they can all be accessed easily by scrolling down through the list. If you want to see more detail as you scroll down through the various services. 202 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Your Dashboard The Dashboard section of your Accounts screen lists all the Google services and enables you to edit their details. Docs. It’s a great way to stay in touch with the various services that Google provides. The way Dashboard is arranged means that you can easily see each service and the numbers that relate to how much you are using that particular service. Dashboard covers more than 20 Google products and services – including Gmail.Google WorldMags.net . The data featured includes how many emails you have sent and received using Gmail. Designed to offer you transparency and control. Web History. Expand all Click on this button to reveal more details that you can view. at a glance. then click on the ‘Expand all’ button at the top of the list and you’ll be able to digest more info. you’ll then be able to sign up to receive a monthly email report which provides details of your account activity across many Google products. as well as serving as a quick and easy means of updating information and changing certain aspects to work better with your lifestyle. Account activity Dashboard Manage all your Google services from one place Go to your Google Accounts page and click on Account Activity. Access account info You can access your Accounts page (and subsequently your Dashboard) by clicking on your profile picture and then clicking on Account. from within the Dashboard by scrolling down.net Accounts Manage your accounts through Google Dashboard Learn how to get at-a-glance service information through Google’s handy Dashboard service G oogle Dashboard offers a simple view into the data associated with your Google account. Account Activity Click on the Account Activity option from the Account menu to sign up for a regular report regarding your services. You will then find links on the right-hand side of the section that allow you to alter settings and view more detail in regards to certain facets. Calendar. Google Dashboard summarises the data associated with each product that you use when signed into your account and provides links to control your personal settings.
from the box that appears. completely close down your Google account. plus the most recent app that you have downloaded. if you should so wish. click on Account. contacts. Click Manage Chrome Sync under Chrome Sync to check your settings. Click the link to view all apps.WorldMags. add phone numbers. Start by clicking on Manage Account under the Account section. click on your profile picture in the top right-hand corner of any Google service and. The Dashboard will list all the Google services you use and allow you to change settings and view information that relates to them. under Alerts. Click on Dashboard from the list. which is visible under your email address.net Tricks ✓ Accounts View and edit your accounts via Dashboard 1: Access your account 2: Your Accounts page 3: Account Dashboard To view your account. Click on a link to launch it within the familiar Google+ interface. You will be taken through to the main Accounts page. We covered the process of setting up Google Alerts earlier. The Play Store section provides useful info relating to the number of apps that you have downloaded and installed. change your profile picture. click on Manage Alerts. change your storage plan and. Chrome Sync saves your personalised browser features to the web and lets you access them from Chrome on any computer.net Google Tips & Tricks 203 . circles. which features information and options relating to your Google account and a list of options over to the left. circles and posts. Google lets you save a backup of your photos. and delete them. WorldMags. 7: Google+ settings 8: Play Store 9: Download your data Under the Google+ section will be various options that allow you to view and edit your profile. profile info. but if you now find that you are getting sick of receiving those digest emails from Google. stream posts and more to your computer for safekeeping. 4: General account settings 5: Manage your Alerts 6: Chrome Sync Here you can add recovery email addresses. Click ‘Download your data’ from the left-hand menu to do this.
you can click on the Security link in the left-hand column and get a run-through of all of the security measures that you can then edit to suit your needs. making it easy to monitor things and check that your security hasn’t been breached by sinister online forces. In this tutorial we’ll guide you through the various options available to ensure that your Google account is as safe and secure as possible. Google will also suggest other services that may be of interest to you. Google comes with mutliple security settings to allow you to tighten the security of your account and the various services you use to help ensure that your private data is safe and secure. Security screen Your product portfolio Tighten your account security with these settings Click on Products in the left column and all of the Google products and services that you currently use will be listed. as well as the other Google products. Click on the links to make changes. which can lead to all kinds of problems. Recent Activity lists the multiple occasions you have logged into your account and from where you did so. should it fall into the wrong hands. 204 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags. Account screen Access the main Accounts screen by clicking on your profile picture in the top-right corner of the screen and then clicking the Account link. More options There are more security-related links in the left column. click on the Security link in the left-hand column to access your general security settings. Fortunately. we have every right to feel slightly paranoid about it falling into the wrong hands.net Accounts Secure your Google account to keep your personal data safe Tighten the security of your Google account to make it impenetrable to outsiders. We often hear of various online accounts getting hijacked as well. Security settings On the main Accounts screen. should it fall into wrong hands W ith so much personal information being entered into computers and bandied around various places. Click on the panes to find out more. Security options All aspects of your account security can be reviewed and modified to suit your needs.Google WorldMags. What’s more. By going to the Accounts screen (accessible by clicking on your profile picture in the top-right corner of the screen and then clicking on the Account link).net . You can also sign in and access your Dashboard from this screen to make further changes to your services. You can also get more information regarding all of the recent activity on your account.
7: Your recent activity 8: Location access 9: Profile and privacy Click on Recent Activity in the left column and you will be provided with a comprehensive list of all the times you have recently signed in to your Google account. When on the main Accounts page. Scroll down the list to see the details. Click on Details to display more info. you’ll be able to review your account privacy settings and manage various features.net Google Tips & Tricks 205 . Password. 4: Notifications 5: 2-step verification 6: Connected apps and sites Google notifies you (via text message or email) to your primary and recovery email addresses about key changes to your account and when suspicious activity is detected. click on the Security option in the left-hand column. This page also handily shows the locations where your account has been accessed. If you click on the ‘Profile and privacy’ link in the left column. such as circles and what info is made public.net Tricks ✓ Accounts Managing your security settings 1: Access security settings 2: Change your password 3: Set recovery options Click on your profile picture in the top-right corner of the interface and then click on the Account link. Here you can control which applications and websites can access and use details from your Google account. Click ‘Change password’ to carry out the task. It is worth doing this every once in a while to tighten security. by requiring you to enter a verification code sent to your mobile when signing in. ‘Recovery options’ allows you to set an alternate email address and phone number to make the process of recovering your account (if you forget your password) much more straightforward. WorldMags. The top option. This feature adds a layer of security to the signin process to protect your account from online hijacking. so you can instantly see if there is a place that you don’t recognise. Verify your details here. allows you to change the password of your account. Click on ‘Review permissions’ and then revoke any permissions you no longer require.WorldMags.
Your Takeaway screen A clean interface features a set of options to keep the process of archiving and downloading your files simple.Google WorldMags. 206 Google Tips & Tricks WorldMags.com/takeout/ and you will be presented with a simply screen divided into three tabs. Downloads Click on this tab to see all of your previous archive downloads and to download the archived files to your machine for safekeeping. but also if you wish to migrate the data to alternate services. All you have to do is point your web browser to google. The whole Google Takeaway process is incredibly easy to get to grips with. click on this tab and then pick the services to include. the second tab allows you to individually pick which service data you wish to archive. Remember though that you should never choose to download an archive if you are currently logged into your Google account on a public computer. Choose services If you want to create an archive of only selected services. The main tab allows you to click a button to archive all of your Google service data. or just want to keep a backup for safety reasons. and the third tab is where you can download the archived files to your computer. download and keep a copy of your data It is useful to download an archive of your various account settings. Safety precautions Your Takeaway Archive.net Takeaway Download all your data using Google Takeaway Learn how to download a copy of your data stored within Google products by using the Google Takeaway service G oogle likes to make you feel as though you’re in control of your data by allowing you to actually take charge of it. it provides all of the liberation tools to extract your essential data and download a copy of the archive to your desktop computer. And with its Takeaway service (known as Takeout in some countries). In this tutorial we will tell you more about this service and guide you through the process of archiving and downloading your essential data files. Scroll down and click on Create Archive. All of your data The default tab allows you to archive all of your Google service data.net . You may wish to migrate these details into alternative systems and services. You could do this as a safety precaution so that you always have a copy of your data on hand.
4: Download process 5: Download the file 6: Choose services You will be taken to the Downloads section where you can see all of your data for all of your Google services being archived.com/takeout/ and then sign into your account using the check-in box to the right of the screen. If you wish to create an archive of some. Scroll down to the bottom of the list of Google services that you have personal data tied up with and then click on the Create Archive button to start archiving and downloading the data. the word ‘Complete’ will appear. ‘Choose services’ and monitor your downloads. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and then click on the blue Download button. Select all the services you wish to add to your archive. A copy of all of your archived data will now start downloading to your machine. The Downloads tab on the main Takeaway screen is where all of your previous archive downloads will be listed so that you can easily tell if the time is right for another backing-up process to take place. of your Google services then click on the ‘Choose services’ tab and then start clicking on the services that you would like to include in your archive. you will be taken to the Downloads screen. Once you have picked all of the services you wish to include in your archive. You will then be swiftly taken through to the main Takeaway screen.net Tricks ✓ Takeaway Archive and download your data 2: All of your data 3: Create archive The Takeaway screen consists of three tabs at the top that allow you to take away ‘All of your data’.WorldMags. Make sure you keep it in a safe place. The services shown here will be the ones you intend to archive. When the process is finished. WorldMags.net Google Tips & Tricks 207 . scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on Create Archive.google. Click on ‘All of your data’. 7: Build an archive 8: Click Create 9: Downloads Click on the icons and the respective service will be added to the main screen. 1: Go to Takeaway Go to www. but not all. Once again.
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