I’ve always wanted to learn more about the powerful keyboard shortcuts within gmail – and now there is a Chrome extension to help! Pretty cool – details from Lifehacker:
Chrome: Gmail has tons of great shortcuts, but they’re only as good as how often you remember to use them. Shortcuts for Gmail is a Chrome extension that will let you know every time you do something that you could have done with a shortcut by displaying the shortcut on-screen. With luck, you’ll remember it for next time.
Shortcuts for Gmail is much like previously mentioned Eve, a Mac app that does the same in the OS. Every time you perform an action for which there’s a Gmail shortcut, a pop-up alert like the ones in the image above will appear in the lower-right corner of your Chrome window, letting you know how you can do the same thing without taking your hands off the keyboard. You’ll have to have shortcuts enabled in Gmail (under general settings and “keyboard shortcuts”) for Shortcuts for Gmail to work.
The extension is available now in the Chrome Web Store, and it’s from an validated publisher, but be warned: the permissions it needs to work are pretty hefty (although they make some sense) so that may put some people off of it. If you’d rather learn the hard way, remember you can always press “?” in any Gmail window to bring up an overlay with every Gmail shortcut listed in it.
This is very slick – I use Google Cloud Print from my iPhone and iPad and from my two desktop PCs (even from different locations). It is easy to set-up with these instructions and tips from Lifehacker:
Google Cloud Print: It’s Actually Awesome, and Here’s How to Set It Up
Google Cloud Print is an under-appreciated service that can send print jobs from virtually anywhere to a connected printer in any other location. Normally that involves tedious configuration on your network, but Cloud Print can do it in just a few minutes. It’s really easy to set up, and there are a few things you can do to extend its support beyond the browser to make all your printing tasks a lot easier. Here’s a look at what it can do, how you can set it up, and how to make it even better.
What You Can Do With Google Cloud Print
Google Cloud Print makes it possible to send any document or image to a printer from any location. For example, if you wanted to print out a letter at home while at work, you could use the service to send that letter to your home printer and have it waiting for you when you get back. Normally this kind of setup requires a tedious network configuration, but with Google Cloud Print you just click a few buttons and you’re done. The service can also print web pages and other documents to PDF format and save them in your Google Docs account. This is can be especially handy if you’re keeping your account synchronized with all your computers using a third-party service called InSync (more info here). Basically, if you want to print anything from any device to practically any location, Google Cloud Print can make that happen.If you want to get started with Google Cloud Print, here’s what you’ll need:
- The Google Chrome web browser.
- A regular or internet-enabled printer. (Virtually any printer is fine, but the setup process varies depending on the type of printer you have.)
- An active, internet-connected computer that the printer is connected to if it is not an internet-enabled printer.
- A Google account. (If you don’t have one, sign up for one here.)
Once you’ve got all of that ready to go, you can start setting it up.
How to Set Up Google Cloud Print
There are two ways to set up your printers with Google Cloud Print. A handful of newer printers have internet connectivity built in and so you can connect them to Google directly. This process varies by printer, so visit this page to learn if your printer is compatible and, if so, how to set it up. If you have a traditional printer that’s connected to your computer, however, the setup process is always the same. Just follow these steps:
- First, make sure everything is in place. You’ll need Google Chrome installed on your computer. Also, ensure that your printer is connected to your computer, it’s currently on, and you can print from it normally. (Note: You’ll only be able to send print jobs to this printer when it is connected to your computer, so it’s best to set this up on a desktop machine where the printer will always remain connected and powered on.)
- Once you have everything in place, open up Google Chrome and click the wrench icon in the upper right corner, choose “Options” (“Preferences” on a Mac), and then click the “Under the Hood” tab. Alternatively, just click this link. Now scroll down to the Google Cloud Print section towards the bottom and click “Sign in to Google Cloud Print.”
- In the resulting window, sign in with your Google Account. This will enable the Cloud Print Connector on your computer.
- When a new message appears with a button labeled “Finish printer registration,” click it.
- You’ll receive a confirmation if everything worked properly, and it’ll offer a link called “Manage your printers.” Click on it to verify all the printers on your computer are now listed.
To test out your new setup, try printing something from within Google Chrome (such as this web page). When the printing options appear, choose “Print with Google Cloud Print” from the Destination menu. Click the “Print” button and you’ll be asked to choose one of your cloud printers. Pick the one you want and, assuming everything is working correctly, your printer should print out a document.
Do More with Google Cloud Print
If you followed the instructions in the previous section, you already know how to print from a web page, but there’s still more than you can do. Currently there are plenty of ways you can print from your smartphone, and even from your Mac desktop (if you prefer to avoid using Chrome for the task).
Print From Your Smartphone
Google Cloud Print has an tons of support in Android, of course, with a dedicated Android app and cloud printing support in the Google Docs Android app. You can also use third-party apps such as PrinterShare™ Mobile Print and Easy Print to get even more printing support out of Android. iOS users can check out PrintCentral Pro for iPhone and iPod touch or iPad to print with Google Cloud Print as well. Any mobile device can utilize cloud printing services by simply using Google’s mobile web apps. Just visit m.google.com on your mobile device to get started.
Print from Your Mac
Strangely, there is no Windows app for Google Cloud Print but there is one for Mac OS X. It is aptly named Cloud Printer, and you can download it for free on the Mac App Store. It’s not a perfect application, as it can only handle documents that Google Docs can view. Also, it doesn’t function like an actual printer and instead requires you to choose a file you want to print from the dedicated app. You can, however, follow these instructions to use Automator to set up a virtual printer if you really want to use the standard print dialogue. Even with these disadvantages, it’s still a simple (and free) way to print from your Mac without the aid of Google Chrome.
For a few other niche options, and to stay up-to-date on the latest Google Cloud Print extensions, apps, and add-ons, keep an eye on this page.
FeedSquares, a Google Chrome extension, lets you view and read feeds from Google Reader in a stylish and entertaining interface. All you have to do is open Google Reader and click the FeedSquare button in the toolbar. With FeedSquare, you can view your feeds in two different modes, night and day. The night mode has a dark purple background, whereas the day mode comes with a white background. Additionally, you can select feeds and scroll through different items. Furthermore, personalize, reload, mark all feeds as read, and enable the total unread count on the extension’s button are also available.
To start off, visit Google Reader and click the FeedSqaure button in the toolbar. This will displays all your feeds with image thumbnails. At the bottom of the page, you will find a number of options, such as personalize, mark all as read, reload feeds, day/night, options and reader. The personalize option allows you to hide read feeds, hide read items and scroll item to mark read. Furthermore, you can change the interface by selecting the day or night mode. Also, reload feeds and click options to change the settings for FeedSqaure. Click a particular feed, and its items will be displayed in a row at the bottom of the page. Either use your mouse wheel or the orange bar to scroll through different items.
Click on individual items to read, share, keep unread and more. You can also Mark All Read and close specific feeds. Click the article’s title at the the top of the page to go to its respective website, or cross out to exit and access other articles or feeds.
The FeedSquares options allows you to enable the Trackpad mode, select Show total unread counts onextension icon, Use secure HTTPS connection and Disable Image previews on feed items. You may also select to Show older items first from the Items Settings category.
FeedSquares is an unobtrusive and easy-to-use extension that lets you read your feeds in a visually appealing interface. Visit the link below to install FeedSquares, try it out, and drop a comment.
Wow – I need this! Glad I use Chrome and of course gmail!
As a word processor, one of the greatest things about MS Word is that it fixes your typos and grammar automatically, as a browser, the great thing about Chrome is spell check (Internet Explorer 10 might have an edge over it though) and of course, Gmail too saves you from coming off as a bad speller. The point is, all these spell checking and grammar correcting features save our skin, they’ve been covering our hides so long we’ve become bad spellers and we love them for it. So, Gmail is naturally great because it tells you when you’ve misspelled a word but what it doesn’t do is auto correct your typos. ezAutoCorrect for GMail is a Chrome extension that auto corrects select typos as you type in Gmail.
To get a better sense of how this extension works, open MS word, type teh (typo for The) and press the spacebar, it is automatically corrected to The. Now imagine this happening in Gmail, that’s what this extension does. It runs quietly and unobtrusively in the background and fixes those little mistakes you make as you type. As opposed to having to right-click a misspelled word and choosing the right one from the context menu, this extension will automatically correct the words when you hit the space bar.
The list of typos (which aren’t listed anywhere) are, for now, hard coded (i.e., you get what you get). It corrects words like teh to The, yuo to You, dont to Don’t and i to I. The slight short coming with the extension is that you can’t add your own customized corrections. The developer has promised to add the feature if the extension is deemed useful by users, i.e. shown some love. I personally found it amazing and will be sending the developer a cake in hopes that it’ll get that feature implemented sooner.
Even if it doesn’t correct all the typos you make, it corrects some of them and there is no harm in having it run in the background.
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