Google Add-ons

As new features, extensions, labs, or tricks relating to Google become available, they will be posted here.
  • Extensions and Apps can be found in the Chrome Web Store. For more information, click here.
  • gMail Labs and gMail Themes can be found by going to the "Settings" menu on your inbox screen.
In each post, the "plain text" description comes directly from the publisher. The text seen in italics is my commentary and opinion.

gMail Feature: Account Activity Details

posted Aug 17, 2014, 3:40 PM by Matthew Bailey

Few people have every REALLY looked at their inbox. Have you ever noticed the activity monitor at the bottom right-hand side of your inbox? This section gives you more information about your account activity. In the first example, gMail is happy; the last time my account was used was 2 days ago and there are no "red flags". In the second example, gMail thinks there could be a problem and is concerned that I am logged-in to this account from two places at once and both sessions have activity within the last minute.
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Also, there is an available link to see "Details". Inside the details window, gMail provides its best estimation of your usage including a list of known IP addresses and their estimated location. When gMail is accessed through a local network, the geolocation is pretty accurate. However, when accessing your gMail through cellular data, it can be thousands of miles off.
Also, in the "Details" window, there is a very useful button that allows you to sign out of ALL sessions. This is particularly useful if you forget to log off of a library computer or student computer.

App: TweetDeck

posted Aug 17, 2014, 3:03 PM by Matthew Bailey   [ updated Aug 17, 2014, 3:18 PM ]

Your personal browser for staying in touch with what's happening now.

I follow nearly 500 others on twitter. Keeping those tweets organized is the only way I can be sure I don't miss anything. This app facilitates organizing and filtering your tweets and well as monitoring your own account activity. Visit Site

App & Extension: TechSmith Snagit

posted Aug 17, 2014, 3:01 PM by Matthew Bailey   [ updated Aug 17, 2014, 3:17 PM ]

Screen capture, screen recording, image editing, and sharing. Collaborate and show what you know.

Snagit is the easiest way to screenshot your browser. The app allows for organization and sharing of images (auto uploads to Google Drive) while the extension gives more versatility and features to the user experience. Visit App Site  |  Visit Extension Site

Extension: Office Editing for Docs, Sheets, and Slides

posted Aug 17, 2014, 2:58 PM by Matthew Bailey   [ updated Aug 17, 2014, 3:15 PM ]

View and Edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files with Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Honestly, I haven't used this one much because I am completely non-office, but the concept is excellent for those who have to stay in the Microsoft world. Visit Site

Extension: Incredible StartPage

posted Aug 17, 2014, 2:57 PM by Matthew Bailey   [ updated Aug 17, 2014, 3:14 PM ]

A new, customizable start page for Chrome. Easily find your favorite bookmarks and closed tabs. Take notes as you browse.

The Incredible StartPage is very versatile and can be customized to fit every need. This extension revolutionized my productivity and organization. Visit Site

Extensions: Hangouts

posted Aug 17, 2014, 2:56 PM by Matthew Bailey   [ updated Aug 17, 2014, 3:12 PM ]

Hangouts brings conversations to life with photos, emoji, and even group video calls for free. Quickly start a video call using Hangouts.

This is a must-have app. It allows for receiving and sending of chat messages outside of the gmail inbox. Also, allows for making phone calls and video calls from within the browser. Visit Site

Extension: Google Voice

posted Aug 17, 2014, 2:54 PM by Matthew Bailey   [ updated Aug 17, 2014, 3:11 PM ]

Make calls, send SMS, preview Inbox, and get notified of new messages. (US only)

This isn't the best functioning app, but it is required for making calls from your chrome browser. I recommend right-clicking the extension icon in the browser window and choosing "hide icon". Visit Site

Apps: Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, & Google Forms

posted Aug 11, 2014, 4:22 PM by Matthew Bailey

These apps combine to form the Google Drive suite. They are a must-have for any Google Apps user.

Extension: Google Cast

posted Aug 11, 2014, 4:08 PM by Matthew Bailey   [ updated Aug 11, 2014, 4:22 PM ]

Send content to your Chromecast and other devices that support Google Cast.

The Google Cast extension enables you to find and play content on your Chromecast device from your Chrome browser.

This app is essential, if you have a Chromecast. Visit Site

Website: Google Trends

posted Aug 10, 2014, 7:13 AM by Matthew Bailey   [ updated Aug 12, 2014, 8:55 AM ]

This interesting website visualizes current Google searches from around the world.

There is a filter that tries to eliminate "adult searches," but be warned that some things do get through the filter. Visit Site

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