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Google Chrome may look minimalistic but it for sure is loaded with lot of cool features. For example, easy to use ‘drag-drop’ feature to create desktop shortcut of currently viewed webpage in Google Chrome browser. This feature enable user to quickly create desktop shortcut link of any webpage opened in Google Chrome. This can done in two ways: from Omnibar or from start button next to Omnibar.

Create shortcut by dragging contents of Omnibar

1. Open any webpage in Chrome, for example: http://www.bing.com
2. Double click omnibar to highlight & select URL.
3. Drag and drop URL to desktop screen. A shortcut for URL will be created.

Create shortcut by dragging Star button

1. Open any webpage in Chrome, for example: http://www.bing.com
2. Drag and drop star button next to Omnibar. A shortcut for URL will be created on the desktop.

Both methods will result in creation of destop shortcut of webpage being viewed in Google Chrome browser. Drag and drop of star button method looks more neat and easy – take your pick!

[via Techno Life]

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Gmail has started displaying these Ninja tips for Email which offers help and suggestion depending on the volume of mail you received yesterday. The link to the tips page can be found at the right hand top-corner of your screen.

The idea is simple. You need to be productive with Gmail. Gmail has a couple of profiles of productivity enhancer shortcuts and quick tips. Chose the category you would rate yourself as and get your tips.

All these different modes have suggestions for effective usage of filters, search queries, sorting and labelling of mail. The White Belt mode gives a basic idea of labels, queries and themes, whereas the Gmail Master mode explains creating filters, setup of Google Apps, managing chats and integration of Gmail with other Google services.

Gmail is the most popular email client and has changed the way we use email. It has continued to provide excellent services from its labs and this new tip feature comes in  handy for those migrating from other mail services.

This new feature will help beginners get an insight into using Gmail in a better way, never to lose that mail and lookup and search through mail much faster. The guide is available as an on site guide as well as a printable guide. Become a Gmail Ninja today.

[via Techie Buzz]

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Google Docs is slowly but surely becoming a medium for files and documents. Earlier, Google Docs allowed users to upload word documents, PDF files and other office related documents. However, they have now opened up storage to essentially all types of files.

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In addition to that, they have also jacked up the free storage limit to 1GB with an option to buy additional storage space at $0.25 per GB. If you are looking for an easy way to upload files to Google Docs, you can use the desktop uploading tool for Google Docs. In addition to that, you can also export all your Google Docs as a Zip archive.

Don’t Miss: Get the Best out of Google Docs with some Cool Tools

So is Google trying to take over your files too? Is this a side introduction of GDrive, the much hyped and not-yet-delivered product from Google?

[via Techie Buzz]

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Have you stood outside the restaurant and thought whether to go inside? Google solves this problem very easily. It has come out with yet another mind bobbling feature with Andriods and the iPhone. This Feature is known as ‘Near Me Now’. When you open google.com in your mobile like Andriods or iPhone, you see a small new addition to homepage that  is ‘Near Me Now’ option below your search box

Functionality of Near Me Now

When you open google.com your location turn into a search query automatically. This enables you to Google search and find out restaurants, coffee shops, ATM’s, banks and bars near your obtained location.
There also is an Option called ‘Explore right here’, this reveals the important places near your obtained location.  This feature also provides the rating for restaurants,coffee shop and bars with distance from your present location. For showing this result Google uses customer review sites like Foursquare, Yelp and LBS(Location Based Services) application like Twitter, Facebook Status Updates and Loopt.

Release

This feature is currently available in the United States of America only.

[via Blogsolute]

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If you like the idea of a URL shortener powered by Google but you’re not really sold on the idea of having to install the Google toolbar to get access to it, the Goo.gl Bookmarklet takes care of that problem.

Like all bookmarklets, the Goo.gl Bookmarklet is unobtrusive on your toolbar and doesn’t drain any system resources. Visit the site below to drag and drop the bookmarklet link onto your browser toolbar and start creating Goo.gl shortened URLS with the click of a button.

Alternately you can check out our Hive Five on best URL shorteners or even roll your own. Have a favorite tool for taking advantage of your URL shortening service of choice? Let’s hear about it in the comments.

[via Lifehacker]

If you like the idea of a URL shortener powered by Google but you’re not really sold on the idea of having to install the Google toolbar to get access to it, the Goo.gl Bookmarklet takes care of that problem.

Like all bookmarklets, the Goo.gl Bookmarklet is unobtrusive on your toolbar and doesn’t drain any system resources. Visit the site below to drag and drop the bookmarklet link onto your browser toolbar and start creating Goo.gl shortened URLS with the click of a button.

Alternately you can check out our Hive Five on best URL shorteners or even roll your own. Have a favorite tool for taking advantage of your URL shortening service of choice? Let’s hear about it in the comments.


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Google users will soon be able to upload any file type to Docs (as long as it’s under 250MB)—as opposed to the very limited slate of document types currently supported (like images, Word docs, PDFs, spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations).

Photo from TechCrunch

Because Google Docs now supports files up to 250 MB in size, which is larger than the attachment limit on most email applications, you’ll be able to backup large graphics files, RAW photos, ZIP archives and much more to the cloud. More importantly, instead of carrying a USB drive, you can now use Google Docs as a more convenient option for accessing your files on different computers.

Tech news blog TechCrunch quotes Google Docs product manager Vijay Bangaru emphasizing that this is not the much speculated GDrive, but they appropriately point out that—regardless of what they’re calling it—it sure sounds like the GDrive people were expecting. Users will get 1GB of free storage to hold whatever they want, and they can buy more storage space for $0.25 per GB.

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For millions of people Google is an indispensable search tool that they use every day, in all facets of their lives. From work or school, research, to looking up movies and celebrities to news and gossip, Google is the go-to search engine.

But instead of just typing in a phrase and wading through page after page of results, there are a number of ways to make your searches more efficient.

Some of these are obvious ones, that you probably know about. But others are lesser-known, and others are known but not often used. Use this guide to learn more about, or be reminded of, some of the best ways to get exactly what you’re looking for, and quickly.

  1. Either/or
    Google normally searches for pages that contain all the words you type in the search box, but if you want pages that have one term or another (or both), use the OR operator — or use the “|” symbol (pipe symbol) to save you a keystroke. [dumb | little | man]
  2. Quotes
    If you want to search for an exact phrase, use quotes. [“dumb little man”] will only find that exact phrase. [dumb “little man”] will find pages that contain the word dumb and the exact phrase “little man”.
  3. Not
    If you don’t want a term or phrase, use the “-” symbol. [-dumb little man] will return pages that contain “little” and “man” but that don’t contain “dumb”.
  4. Similar terms
    Use the “~” symbol to return similar terms. [~dumb little man -dumb] will get you pages that contain “funny little man” and “stupid little man” but not “dumb little man”.
  5. Wildcard
    The “*” symbol is a wildcard. This is useful if you’re trying to find the lyrics to a song, but can’t remember the exact lyrics. [can’t * me love lyrics] will return the Beatles song you’re looking for. It’s also useful for finding stuff only in certain domains, such as
    educational information: [“dumb little man” research *.edu].
  6. Advanced search
    If you can’t remember any of these operators, you can always use Google’s advanced search.
  7. Definitions
    Use the “define:” operator to get a quick definition. [define:dumb] will give you a whole host of definitions from different sources, with links.
  8. Calculator
    One of the handiest uses of Google, type in a quick calculation in the search box and get an answer. It’s faster than calling up your computer’s calculator in most cases. Use the +, -, *, / symbols and parentheses to do a simple equation.
  9. Numrange
    This little-known feature searches for a range of numbers. For example, [“best books 2002..2007] will return lists of best books for each of the years from 2002 to 2007 (note the two periods between the two numbers).
  10. Site-specific
    Use the “site:” operator to search only within a certain website. [site:dumblittleman.com leo] will search for the term “leo” only within this blog.
  11. Backlinks
    The “link:” operator will find pages that link to a specific URL. You can use this not only for a main URL but even to a specific page. Not all links to an URL are listed, however.
  12. Vertical search
    Instead of searching for a term across all pages on the web, search within a specialized field. Google has a number of specific searches, allowing you to search within blogs, news, books, and much more:

  13. Movies
    Use the “movie:” operator to search for a movie title along with either a zip code or U.S. city and state to get a list of movie theaters in the area and show times.
  14. Music
    The “music:” operator returns content related to music only.
  15. Unit converter
    Use Google for a quick conversion, from yards to meters for example, or different currency: [12 meters in yards]
  16. Types of numbers
    Google algorithms can recognize patterns in numbers you enter, so you can search for:

    • Telephone area codes
    • Vehicle ID number (US only)
    • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) equipment numbers (US only)
    • UPC codes
    • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airplane registration number (US only)
    • Patent numbers (US only)
    • Even stock quotes (using the stock symbol) or a weather forecast regarding the next five days
  17. File types
    If you just want to search for .PDF files, or Word documents, or Excel spreadsheets, for example, use the “filetype:” operator.
  18. Location of term
    By default, Google searches for your term throughout a web page. But if you just want it to search certain locations, you can use operators such as “inurl:”, “intitle:”, “intext:”, and “inanchor:”. Those search for a term only within the URL, the title,
    the body text, and the anchor text (the text used to describe a link).
  19. Cached pages
    Looking for a version of a page the Google stores on its own servers? This can help with outdated or update pages. Use the “cached:” operator.
  20. Answer to life, the universe, and everything
    Search for that phrase, in lower case, and Google will give you the answer.

For more on Google’s search syntax, see this guide, and this one.

[via DLM]

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