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This page will feature topics on many of GOOGLE offerings such as Chrome and its extensions, including customization, google mail, photos and Youtube.

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Google Apps:    All most all of them are free and the free ones are the only I'll focus on  

 Some of the topics we’ll cover : 

  • Google Docs  (word processor)

  • Google Photos backup  (iPhone, Android, Mac & Windows)

  • G-mail

  • You Tube Videos

  • Chrome Browser (and extensions)

  • Chromebook  (a different kind of laptop)

  • **NEW** Using Google to convert your PDF's & JPG documents to MS Word

 

I used Google Docs to create this narrative.  I’ll give you some details on how to use it, what it’s good for and not so good for.   For example, the spell checker is limited. But, it’s great for writing a document and sending it via email to anyone. You can easily ‘cut & paste’ text into any other word processor like notepad, an open email, wordpad or Microsoft word.  

 

 

Converting Google Docs to Microsoft Word: 

 

As with the illustration below, perhaps you want to write something and give it to someone else and the format has to be MS Word. I do this all the time for the monthly Jamaican articles I write. 

 

But what do you do it you don't have MS Word as your word processor?  Cut and paste won't work. You can download and save your document in MS Word format.  Nice.  

But lets not get too far ahead of ourselves. If you have Gmail, you already all set.  If not, start by creating a Google account.  Once completed you can find the Docs APP by clicking the ""dots" in the upper right corner of your browser.

Now, follow the instruction at left

You can start a new document or select one that is ready made.

After you create your document, you can email it, save it as a MS Word document or just save and edit it again later as shown below

 

 I LOVE the Photos app and have it on my iPhone to backup my photos to the “google cloud”. 

 

15 FREE GB!  I don't "sync" to anything.  When I choose to back them up I simply open the app on my phone and it automatically sends new photos to the google cloud.

 

I have immediate access to all my photos on my computer by signing into my Google account and choosing the icon (see below) 

 

Of course I have immediate access on my Google Phone app.  The photos are all still on my iPhone - exactly where you always find them.  But now they are backup up AND I did not need to use the Apple iCloud and pay .99  per month.  Photos deleted off my phone DO NOT get deleted off the Google Cloud Backup!

 

 

 

 

 I have the Photos app on my iPhone to backup my photos to the “google cloud”.  When I choose to back them up I simply open the app on my phone and it automatically sends new photos to the google cloud.  Since I have a G-mail account I have immediate access to all my photos.  

 

 I use G-mail for the Jamaica Bay Computer Club.  I’ve found their management of my email contacts superior to Yahoo.  I send over 120 emails at a time. Creating groups saves a lot of typing individual addresses.  

 

 I use Youtube all the time to get information and be entertained.  I’ve shown several videos at club meetings. I’ve also created a few amateurish videos and uploaded them to Google.  

 

Up to now my browser of choice is Google Chrome.  I have 16 ‘extensions’ that greatly enhance my browsing privacy, help determine if Amazon has the best current price and more.

 While not exactly a free GOOGLE App.....

 

I was asked about what is a Chromebook good for?  Lets talk about why I love the Chromebook

Here are some things to consider when asking yourself why you might want one instead of a windows computer.

 

 1.  My favorite feature is "Powerwash".  WHAT'S THIS?   

 2.  I like using Google's cloud storage for all my files.  

 3.  Chromebook operating system updates are simple.  

 4.  I don't need to buy 3rd party software to protect my computer. Their website says: Chromebooks use the principle of "defense in depth" to provide multiple layers of protection, so if any one layer is bypassed, others are still in effect. So while it's still important to take precautions to protect your data, Chromebooks let you breathe just a little bit easier [updates are automatic].  The most effective way to protect against malware is to ensure all software is up-to-date and has the latest security fixes. This can be difficult to manage on traditional operating systems with many software components from many vendors all with different update mechanisms and user interfaces. Chromebooks manage updates automatically so Chromebooks are always running the latest and most secure version. 

 5.  One time setup takes a few minutes and is fairly easy.   

 6.   My ASUS laptop runs about 10 hours on a single charge.

 7.   As I type this article (without WiFi) the free "word" typing software is a great replacement for Windows Office which can be expensive.    

 8.  My laptop came with no pre-installed 3rd party APPS.  Oh, there are pre-installed GOOGLE apps for sure. But there were no annoying pop ups to install trial software. You just turn on the computer and use it.  I'm not sure if this is because it's an ASUS or it's just ChromeBooks in general. If you buy a Windows computer chances are good the salesman will offer to "set it up" for an additional charge.  


 

Some things I don't like about the ChromeBook:

 

1.  When using the mouse pad, sometimes called the trackpad there is no way to "right click".  For example when using GOOGLE to search for something on the internet, I get a list of suggestions.    I like to right click on a choice and have the URL open in a new tab leaving the suggestions still listed in the original.  Of course adding a USB mouse is a simple solution. Click here to see the benefits of a bluetooth mouse.  

 

2.  There are no "function" keys.  I've gotten quite used to Windows function keys and keyboard shortcuts.  Now everytime I want to use one, like pressing SHIFT KEY and the + key at the same time, I have to go searching on the internet to find the equivalent (if there is one!).  I suppose I will eventually overcome this.

 

3.  Anytime you can not connect to the internet or WiFi,  like when traveling, you need to make some preparations before hand.  Remember the vast majority of your data, photos and documents are in the cloud.     

 

4.  The computer itself is a bit slow compared to my high-end Win 10 laptop.

 

5. When using the trackpad instead of a mouse, text editing & text formatting is a little harder because there is no right-click.  

 

Other Considerations when switching from a Windows 10 computer to a ChromeBook:

 

1.  I preach to the computer club all the time about backing up your computer!  Moving to the Google cloud makes this easier.  

2.  I started using GOOGLE long before moving away from Win 10.  Why? Because if you are serious about spending less money on a computer AND you primarily browse the internet or just use email to stay in touch with family, switching to a ChromeBook is a "no brainer",  or even switching to a tablet such as iPad.    

3.  Do you use a DVD/CD drive?  Chromebooks are not equipped with these.    

 

Is it different?  Yes, a little. Come to the computer club for help! 

 

If you have some or all of the following problems, then the ChromeBook might be for you.  

 

1.  You don't know how to backup your data, files or pictures.  

2.  You take lots of pictures with your phone and want to see them on your computer and perhaps even email them to family.

3.  If you already have a Google account like G-Mail and you use the Google Chrome browser then you will have an easier time switching.

4.  You don't have a lot of money to spend.  If you watch for sales, they can be purchased for as little as $115 before tax.  

5.  Are you considering buying a new computer?  I promise you this will introduce all kinds of complications in your life.  Some of them are unique to Win 10 and some of them will be BOTH ChromeBook & Windows 10 problems/headaches regardless of what you do.  

 

You may not discover these headaches and all the decisions you need to make until after you buy.  Then it's TOO late.  Follow this link to read about things you should consider before giving away your hard earned cash on a new purchase.  Or, come to the computer club and ask.  

Google Chrome

The internet browser many people use.  When using Chrome there are dozens of keyboard shorts you can use.  You can download a list by clicking the button.  If you do not have MS Word I've included a complete list below.
 

Action

Open a new window..............................................................

Open a new window in Incognito mode

Open a new tab, and jump to it

Reopen previously closed tabs in the order they were closed

Jump to the next open tab

Jump to the previous open tab

Jump to a specific tab

Jump to the rightmost tab

Open your home page in the current tab

Open the previous page from your browsing history in the current tab

Open the next page from your browsing history in the current tab

Close the current tab

Close the current window

Minimize the current window

Maximize the current window

Quit Google Chrome  .............................................................

Shortcut

 

Ctrl + n

Ctrl + Shift + n

Ctrl + t

Ctrl + Shift + t

Ctrl + Tab or Ctrl + PgDn

Ctrl + Shift + Tab or Ctrl + PgUp

Ctrl + 1 through Ctrl + 8

Ctrl + 9

Alt + Home

Alt + Left arrow

Alt + Right arrow

Ctrl + w or Ctrl + F4

Ctrl + Shift + w or Alt + F4

Alt + Space then n

Alt + Space then x

Alt + f then x

Google Chrome Feature shortcuts

Action

Open the Chrome menu  ................................................

Show or hide the Bookmarks bar

Open the Bookmarks Manager

Open the History page in a new tab

Open the Downloads page in a new tab

Open the Chrome Task Manager

Set focus on the first item in the Chrome toolbar

Set focus on the rightmost item in the Chrome toolbar

Switch focus to unfocused dialog (if showing) and all toolbars

Open the Find Bar to search the current page

Jump to the next match to your Find Bar search

Jump to the previous match to your Find Bar search

Open Developer Tools

Open the Clear Browsing Data options

Open the Chrome Help Center in a new tab

Log in a different user or browse as a Guest

Open a feedback form

Shortcut

Alt + f or Alt + e

Ctrl + Shift + b

Ctrl + Shift + o

Ctrl + h

Ctrl + j

Shift + Esc

Shift + Alt + t

F10 

F6

Ctrl + f or F3

Ctrl + g

Ctrl + Shift + g

Ctrl + Shift + j or F12

Ctrl + Shift + Delete

F1

Ctrl + Shift + m

Alt + Shift + i

Address bar shortcuts

Action

Search with your default search engine

Search using a different search engine

Add www. and .com to a site name, and open it in the current tab

Open a new tab and perform a Google search

Jump to the address bar

Search from anywhere on the page

Remove predictions from your address bar

Move cursor to the address bar

Shortcut

Type a search term + Enter

Type a search engine name and press Tab

Type a site name + Ctrl + Enter

Type a search term + Alt + Enter

Ctrl + l or Alt + d or F6

Ctrl + k or Ctrl + e

Down arrow to highlight + Shift + Delete

Control + F5

Webpage shortcuts

Action

Open options to print the current page

Open options to save the current page

Reload the current page

Reload the current page, ignoring cached content

Stop the page loading

Browse clickable items moving forward

Browse clickable items moving backward

Open a file from your computer in Chrome

Display non-editable HTML source code for the current page

Save your current webpage as a bookmark

Save all open tabs as bookmarks in a new folder

Turn full-screen mode on or off

Make everything on the page bigger

Make everything on the page smaller

Return everything on the page to default size

Scroll down a webpage, a screen at a time

Scroll up a webpage, a screen at a time

Go to the top of the page

Go to the bottom of the page

Scroll horizontally on the page

Move your cursor to the beginning of the previous word in a text field

Move your cursor to the next word

Delete the previous word in a text field

Open the Home page in the current tab

Reset page zoom level

Shortcut

Ctrl + p

Ctrl + s

F5 or Ctrl + r

Shift + F5 or Ctrl + Shift + r

Esc

Tab

Shift + Tab

Ctrl + o + Select a file

Ctrl + u

Ctrl + d

Ctrl + Shift + d

F11

Ctrl and +

Ctrl and -

Ctrl + 0

Space or PgDn

Shift + Space or PgUp

Home

End

Shift + Scroll your mousewheel

Ctrl + Left arrow

Ctrl + Right arrow

Ctrl + Backspace

Alt + Home

Ctrl + 0

Mouse shortcuts

Action

Open a link in a current tab (mouse only)

Open a link in new background tab

Open a link, and jump to it

Open a link, and jump to it (mouse only)

Open a link in a new window

Open a tab in a new window (mouse only)

Move a tab to a current window (mouse only)

Return a tab to its original position

Save the current webpage as a bookmark

Scroll horizontally on the page

Download the target of a link

Display your browsing history

Switch between maximized and windowed modes

Make everything on the page bigger

Make everything on the page smaller

Shortcut

Drag a link to a tab

Ctrl + Click a link

Ctrl + Shift + Click a link

Drag a link to a blank area of the tab strip

Shift + Click a link

Drag the tab out of the tab strip

Drag the tab into an existing window

Press Esc while dragging

Drag the web address to the Bookmarks Bar

Shift + Scroll your mousewheel

Alt + Click a link

Right-click Back  or click & hold Back  
Right-click Next  or click & hold Next 

Double-click a blank area of the tab strip

Ctrl + Scroll your mousewheel up

Ctrl + Scroll your mousewheel down