I was updating a Google article and decided I need to start fresh because the interface changed. I thought it would be faster if I imported a CSV file to Google Contacts. Not really. It took me a couple of tries. The good news is that you can learn from my mistakes.
Google Product Tutorials
Below is a list of various Google tutorials that we've done. These include step by step instructions on various products ranging from Google Sheets to Gmail. And in some cases, there may be screencasts.
Google also offers documentation for many of their products including Google Groups. These are public forums where you can ask a question that anyone can answer. You may also save your groups if you login in with a Google account.
This section is several pages long so be sure to use the blue Next Page >> button at the bottom or the search box to the right.
Browser extensions are great add-ons when they work. But I ran into a problem where one of them continually crashed when I opened Google Chrome. Worse, because it didn’t load properly, I couldn’t uninstall the Chrome extension in the normal manner. Fortunately, there is another solution to this problem.
People often think Google Docs isn’t full-featured. However, it can handle many of the tasks of commercial programs. But sometimes, you just have to know how to work around the system. In this tutorial, I show how to make a letterhead template with a logo.
VLOOKUP is one of the most popular spreadsheet functions with spreadsheet wizards. It allows you to lookup needed values and use them elsewhere in your spreadsheet. This tutorial will show you step-by-step how to use the function with the accompanying file.
Somedays, I just want to scream when things that did work, no longer work. This happened this week when I needed to contact a vendor by email. This is usually a simple task where you click an email link and it opens in your default application. Instead of getting Gmail to open up in Chrome, I was staring at the Microsoft Store email app.
Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to enhance your productivity. The benefits are compounded the more you use a program like Gmail. The problem is learning them and committing them to memory. In the case of Gmail, there are quite a few and some don’t seem intuitive to me. I decided to test the TinyCards system and build a card deck to help me learn them faster. And you can get it too.
Back in the old internet days, people rarely changed email addresses. Today is a different story with people changing jobs and having multiple email addresses. Sometimes email programs don’t want to let go of the old addresses and keep displaying them for us, which can present problems. I’ll skip the embarrassing parts and show you an easy way to remove stale addresses from the Google’s auto-complete list.
Sometimes Gmail’s simplicity makes people think it is missing features. A case in point is distribution lists or group lists. Many people think that it’s not possible to send an email to a group of contacts or email addresses. The truth is that you can create personal Gmail distribution lists in a couple of easy steps by using Gmail groups.
Ever had the situation where you need to go back to a web page you visited but can’t recall the URL or site? This happened to me this week. I knew the site name, but not the specific page. My attempts to find it using the site’s search didn’t work well. I couldn’t recall the right words and got too many results. And then I remembered I could find the page using my browser history.
One bad habit I have is letting my Gmail inbox get too big. I don’t always delete emails as fast as I should. These accrued items tend to be non-urgent items I get on a recurring basis that I haven’t flagged as a priority. Eventually, I reach that tipping point and want to delete these Google emails in mass. There are many ways to delete Gmail items, but here’s one tutorial that requires minimal effort and you can do at your own pace.